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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Arch. Selden B.24
Identification:May be james Gray
Sampled Folios:1r
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Usage: a
single compartment secretary 'a' used throughout.
Usage: solas
the two sides of the graph are connected by a hairline stroke.
Usage: may
Usage: And
Usage: drope
the scribe mixes secretary and anglicana forms, so although unlooped 'd' is used on most occasions, looped 'd' also puts in an appearance occasionally.
Usage: and
looped 'd' in final position.
Usage: goddess
Usage: double
from the top line of verse with the illumination tangling with the stem of 'd'.
Usage: goddess
secretary tailed 'g' with horizontal cross-stroke at the head.
Usage: loving
occasionally the head of the down-stroke at the right of the graph stands well above the lobe. Here, in final position, the horizontal cross-stroke at the head has a tag attached.
Usage: wight
Usage: grete
the down-stroke frequently begins above the body of the graph.
Usage: helpeth
'h' may have a wide closed head-loop which returns to the shoulder.
Usage: schald
the loop may also be a continuation from the previous graph.
Usage: preyeth
crossed 'h' after 't'.
Usage: Haue
upper case graph at the beginning of a line.
Usage: drery
'r' is mainly 'z'-shaped.
Usage: darr
Usage: endure
Usage: Reme(m)breth
upper case 'R', difficult to entangle at the beginning of a line.
Usage: solas
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: cas
kidney-shaped 's' and sigma 's' are used in final position.
Usage: gladness(e)
the thick downward curving stroke to follow 's' is not expanded into 'e'.
Usage: Suich
Usage: wo
again a mixture of anglicana and secretary 'w's on this folio.
Usage: how
Usage: wight
an initial 'w' with curved approach stroke to begin.
Usage: sorowing
image to show the size of 'w' in the middle of a word, compared with the size of surrounding graphs.
Usage: Troylus
a distinctive 'y' with parallel strokes to form the body and a tail which curves counter-clockwise immediately without any form of clockwise movement.
Usage: peyne
Usage: preyeth
Usage: my
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þt
thorn is only used for the contraction of 'that'. But 'th' is also used for the same word.
Usage: þt
Usage: ȝow
yogh is used as representative of the 'y' sound.
Usage: ȝe
Problem e's
Usage: louers
'e' is frequently formed from two separate strokes. The back, or stem of the graph is attached to the previous letter and the head-stroke, is separate and connects with the following graph.
Usage: chere
Usage: compleyne
Usage: spede
here, the down-stroke of 'd' closes off the semi-circular head-stroke of 'e'.
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