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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Magdalene College MS Pepys 2006
Folios:Part 2; 1r-60v (225-346)
Sampled Folios:folio 1r (p225)
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Usage: and
most of the scribe's lower case 'a's have a tiny extended hair-line which stands at the apex of the letter.
Usage: Chaucers
double compartment 'a' used in the scribe's display script for the rubric.
Usage: Allas
upper case 'A'.
Usage: called
looped 'd' with pointed lobe at the left side.
Usage: ladders
Usage: Ouidi(us)
the scribe's display script unlooped 'd' in an internal gloss.
Usage: chylde
occasional use of unlooped 'd' in the main text.
Usage: myghty
tailed 'g' with horned head and elegantly curved tail turning clockwise with final downward turn to finish.
Usage: gan
Usage: nought
the combination 'ght' with crossed 'h' following 'g'.
Usage: hath
'h' usually has a foot on the stem.
Usage: wyth
'h' is almost always crossed in the combination 'th' where the letters occur at the end of a word.
Usage: Chaucers
the scribe's 'h' in his display script.
Usage: Here
the opening 'H' of the rubric.
Usage: rentyng
modern 'r' is used sparingly.
Usage: lenger
the scribe uses 'z'-shaped 'r' in most positions in preference to modern 'r'. The 'z'-shaped 'r' does not usually have a descending tag.
Usage: remedio
'z'-shaped 'r' in initial position in the internal Latin gloss.
Usage: his
kidney 's' is only used in final position.
Usage: sondry
sigma 's' is only used in initial position. Long 's' is also used occasionally initially.
Usage: Chaucers
almost an 8-shaped 's' with otiose ascending tag.
Usage: sothe
Usage: was
a separate left limb for this graph. The angled stroke is straight and much taller than the following 'v' element but it ends above the lower level of the 'v'.
Usage: which
'w' at the beginning of a line usually has a curving approach stroke.
Usage: Wounded
an even more elaborate example of version 2.
Usage: wenten
Usage: wyfe
Usage: ryche
'y' is occasionally dotted.
Usage: crye
'y' with a more curved tail. The scribe's 'y's do not usually trace such a wide curve.
Usage: myghty
this mark appears over two of the 'y's on the top line. However, it also appears in other places on the folio so is not a feature of display on the top line.
Usage: begyneth
another mark which appears here above 'y'. It would seem possible that it could be a macron for an extra 'n' in this word. However, see version 3.
Usage: myghty
it is difficult to see what purpose is served by this mark over 'myghty'.
Usage: wyth amyable
again there seems no reason for the mark to appear in this position.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Chaucers
all the upper case letters shown here have an extra curving stroke within the body of the graph itself.
Usage: Prudence
Usage: This
Usage: Ouide
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