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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:USA, Philadelphia, PA, Rosenbach Museum & Library MS 1084/1
Sampled Folios:14v, 15v
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Usage: abegge
single compartment secretary 'a' with fine hair-line.
Usage: a
anglicana 'a' not used as frequently as the secretary form of version 1.
Usage: Adam
a distinctive 'A' form.
Usage: Adam
a second form of upper case 'A'.
Usage: doon
pointed lower lobe of looped 'd'.
Usage: herd
'd' in final position with tag.
Usage: weddede
the graphs are evenly formed.
Usage: Denys
upper case 'D' distinctive only really by its size.
Usage: god
tailed 'g' with horns at the head and square lobe.
Usage: kyng
the curve of the tail of 'g' sits on the line as do the tails of 'h' and 'y'. In final position there is a short tag at the end of the horizontal extension.
Usage: Gamelyn
Usage: abegge
Usage: halle
the stem of 'h' nearly always has a small protuberance on the lower part of the stem. The limb is short and the tail-stroke almost always curves round in angular fashion to the right.
Usage: here
Usage: How
elaborate upper case 'H' with shadow line for the stem.
Usage: He
a less elaborate 'H' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: sire
modern 'r' used throughout.
Usage: for
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o'.
Usage: Ryght
Usage: pardoner
final 'r' with flourish followed by a small decorative otiose stroke which occurs at the end of every line on these two folios.
Usage: felawes
kidney-shaped 's' is always used in final position.
Usage: needis
the scribe frequently adds otiose strokes and hair-line additions to many of his graphs.
Usage: Passeth
long 's' usually rests on the line as can just be seen in this example.
Usage: Sire
as well as the more usual round upper case 'S' the scribe uses this much more elaborate one.
Usage: wente
distinctive formation of this graph.
Usage: wile
Usage: wall
the scribe adds either one or two lobes to the right side of the letter.
Usage: west
space on the top line for an elongated and decorative top stroke.
Usage: seyde
the scribe uses two different ways of scribing the tail of 'y'. Here he cuts the tail off on or just below the line.
Usage: my
some 'y's have tails which curve round in the normal way.
Usage: Yonge
upper case 'Y' at the beginning of a line with short tail. The horizontal of 'A' on the line below is what gives a right-angled appearance to the graph.
Usage: yow
however, occasionally the scribe does have a right-angled turn on the tail.
Usage: As
besides the examples under 'a', the scribe has several other versions of upper case 'A'.
Usage: And
Usage: And
the first letter of the folio.
Usage: And
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Now
Usage: Leet
Usage: Marchaunt
Usage: Passeth
ll, f, k,b
Usage: schall
a feature which is noticeable on most of the scribes 'll's is the sharp head stroke on the letter. The scribe does not always use these sharper top strokes but they are often to be distinguished.
Usage: clerk
'k' almost always has the sharpened head stroke.
Usage: faste
Usage: brothir
where there is an opportunity, as here on the top line, other letters such as this 'b' attract the same treatment.
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