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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:USA, Austin, Texas, University of Texas at Austin, The Harry Ransom Center, pre-100 MS 143 (Cardigan)
Folios:1r-175 (except 109); 246r-308
Sampled Folios:91v,76v
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Usage: was
straight-sided 'a' with horizontal cross-bar.
Usage: As
upper case 'A' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: aunsuerd
the top of 'a' sometimes appears open.
Usage: saugh
the bar through the middle of 'a' frequently joins to the next letter as in version 1.
Usage: seiden
a very angular lower lobe of 'd'.
Usage: savid
'd' in final position in a word frequently has a tag.
Usage: goddis
the scribe's graphs are evenly formed.
Usage: Doth
upper case 'D' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: generally
a comfortable shape for anglicana 'g' with the lower lobe completely resolved and missing the horizontal slash.
Usage: saugh
Usage: thyng
final 'g' with thick descending tag.
Usage: knyght
'ght' combination.
Usage: he
the scribe frequently curves the tail of 'h' clockwise under the letter then loops back to link with the following graph.
Usage: which
the combinations 'gh' and 'ch' attract a crossed 'h'.
Usage: Bathe
'h' in the running title in the hand of the scribe.
Usage: desiren
long 'r' used in every position apart from after 'o'. No other shape of 'r' is present on this folio.
Usage: for
'z'-shaped 'r' only used after 'o'. Again the otiose stroke from the lower left of the graph is thickly scribed.
Usage: voys
sigma 's' always used in final position.
Usage: saide
sigma 's' is also used in initial position as well as long 's'.
Usage: shrewe
with some letters, 'h' and 'b' for example, the scribe attaches long 's' to the middle of those letters at shoulder level. In other places the head-stroke of long 's' extends horizontally to link to the following graph, again at shoulder level.
Usage: Sou(er)aynte
this may be the scribe's upper case 'S'.
Usage: worthy
the scribe's 'w' is individual and may be used as an identifier for this hand. Although he varies the letter a little, this shape of 'w' is used consistently.
Usage: wymmen
'w' used in upper case position at the beginning of a line.
Usage: Wif
running title with strap-work.
Usage: youre
the scribe's 'y' is almost invariable.
Abbreviative Marks
Usage: vp
Usage: sou(er)ayne
the scribe's 'er' abbreviation.
Usage: seiden
'n' with flourish.
Usage: qd
the scribe abbreviates 'quod' several times on this folio.
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