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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS Ee.2.15, part 2
Folios:1-16v (Mirk's Festial)
Sampled Folios:4r
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Usage: gate
both single and double compartment 'a' used by the scribe to no definite pattern.
Usage: and
flat angled hairline to complete the upper compartment.
Usage: And
Usage: Aungel
Usage: doynge
'd' may have either an angled or a rounded lobe.
Usage: lord
'd' in final position attracts a tag.
Usage: knelid downe
Usage: lord(is)
Usage: gylden
again 'g' is present in both double and single compartment versions.
Usage: gate
the upper lobe of the single compartment 'g' is rounded with tail which almost returns back to the lobe.
Usage: garland
the lower compartment of 'g' is sometimes slightly in advance of the upper compartment.
Usage: bryght
Usage: husbonde
'h' often has a tail stroke which loops round and crosses the limb to connect with the following graph.
Usage: Ioachym
triangular head-stroke in this example.
Usage: that
the tail of 'h' sometimes turns counter-clockwise to finish.
Usage: thought
Usage: rose
generally, modern 'r' is used in initial and medial positions and long 'r' is used in final position. However there can be exceptions.
Usage: her
long 'r' with flourish in final position.
Usage: gadrid
'z'-shaped 'r' used after some vowels and after round-bodied graphs.
Usage: our
modern 'r' in final position with flourish, perhaps to replace a missing 'e'.
Usage: sette
both long 's' and sigma 's' used in initial positions.
Usage: so
Usage: his
sigma 's' is used in final position,
Usage: hast
long 's' with angled fine head-stroke to join with the top of 't'.
Usage: wepynge
the scribe uses a variety of 'w's, this version being probably the most elaborate with 'B' shaped element at the right.
Usage: wer
a less elaborate graph with single lobe at the right.
Usage: wente
straight-sided 'w' with single lobe at the right.
Usage: now
'w' with exaggerated closed triangular head-loop.
Usage: lady
the body of 'y' is generally consistent. The curve of the tail varies as it also varies in length, thickness and curl.
Usage: thynge
Usage: hym
Usage: lykynge
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þu
thorn is mainly used for pronouns and demonstratives, generally with superscript set above the graph.
Usage: þt
Usage: nyȝt
yogh is used to represent both the 'y' and the 'gh' elements.
Usage: forȝete
Usage: I
Usage: Than
Usage: to Anne
the scribe allows himself licence on the top line.
Usage: bade here
again, a top-line feature.
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