straight sided single compartment 'a' used throughout.
the two sides are joined by hairline strokes.
the basic shape of upper case 'A' is of two triangles one on top of the other. It varies only in the size of the upper compartment.
letter 'A' from the rubric.
looped 'd' varies little.
'd' with flourish for the final letter of this word which comes at the end of a line.
unlooped 'dd' from the rubric introducing the Clerk's Tale.
the scribe uses various different tails for his tailed 'g's. Here the tail turns to the right.
the tail of 'g' in this example is neatly tucked away clockwise.
the word is on the bottom line allowing the scribe more space to extend the tail.
as with 'g', sometimes the tail of 'h' is neatly contained beneath the graph. The head is usually open.
sometimes the tail-stroke ends with a small flick to the right.
little visible difference in formation between upper and lower case 'h'.
modern 'r' used in every position.
'z'-shaped 'r' used in every position except as initial letter on this folio. Note the slight horn on the top stroke which is not always present but may be an identifying feature.
both 'r's used in this word. The slight upturn on 'z'-shaped 'r' is still present.
| || |
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position.
upper case 'S' at the beginning of a line.
the scribe has a more conventional long 's' as in this example. However, the top is sometimes more sharply angled and the stem may be split as in version 4.
this particular long 's' sometimes with split stem, and sometimes more sharply angled at the top is often used in the 'st' combination.
the scribe has a number of variations mainly of the left limb. Here the head-stroke forms a closed loop.
here the head-loop is left open. The middle limb and single lobe to the right are the same.
both limbs have angled feet in this example.
as with 'g' and 'h', the tail of 'y' varies from short to longer, seemingly at random.
here the tail of 'y' connects with the next letter.
'Y' in upper case position at the beginning of a line and tipped with yellow paint.
Usage: y sey
'y' used for first person singular pronoun.
|Long s |
a further example of the 'st' combination.
another example of the split stem of 's'.
|Upper Case Letters|
at least twice on this folio, upper case 'B' has a small loop at the head of the letter.
| || |
thorn used as the first letter of the line and filled with yellow paint.
again thorn is used as initial letter of the line.
the stem of thorn is usually tapered.