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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Additional 12044
Sampled Folios:17r
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Usage: al
lower case 'a' is always a double compartment letter.
Usage: as
straight-sided 'a' with horizontal cross-bar.
Usage: And
the scribe's looped upper case 'A's differ in the shape of the lower compartment which may be square or rounded.
Usage: And
Usage: land
lower case 'd' nearly always has an angular lower lobe.
Usage: pandarus
Usage: coude
unusual occurrence of a more rounded letter.
Usage: bedde
double 'd''.
Usage: game
double compartment 'g' used throughout.
Usage: doyng
'g' as final letter with tag.
Usage: nought
'g' is often to be found with lower compartment angled to the right of the upper lobe.
Usage: grene
Usage: shent
the most usual shape for 'h' with triangular head-stroke. The stem of the letter is very slightly angled to the right.
Usage: this
the tail is tucked away but extends clockwise back beyond the body of the graph.
Usage: nought
the scribe almost always crosses the 'h' in 'th', 'gh', and 'ght' combinations.
Usage: Halt
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line with open head-stroke and pronounced angled foot to the stem.
Usage: were
long 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: or
'z'-shaped 'r' after 'o'.
Usage: grauen
Usage: Right
initial upper case 'R' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: as
sigma 's' used in both final and initial positions.
Usage: sawes
initial letter of a word.
Usage: skarsely
long 's' is used in medial positions.
Usage: So
upper case letter at the beginning of a line.
Usage: wheche
the more or less consistent shape of this scribe's 'w', here rather larger than usual on the top line of verse.
Usage: lawes
Usage: white
Usage: How
very little variation in this letter except for height of middle stroke.
Usage: eu(er)y
'y' is consistently formed and varies only in the length of tail-stroke.
Usage: thy men
the tail stroke continues into the space before the following word begins.
Usage: may
occasionally the tail appears shorter and the letter more squat.
Usage: lay he
Usage: I
distinctive upper case 'I' with looped or curved approach stroke to thick stalk which tapers as it descends. Use of this form and the simpler shape of version 3 seem interchangeable.
Usage: In
the word is the third word of the line.
Usage: I
a simpler variation of upper case 'I'.
Usage: In
the first word of the line. The lower traces of the stem may be seen beneath the 'A' of the line below.
Usage: Ȝif
yogh as initial letter of a line.
Usage: ȝit
the word is in the middle of a line but the yogh is a large letter compared with the surrounding ones.
Usage: ȝif
Usage: aȝeyn
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