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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson poet. 141
Sampled Folios:36v, 64r, 125v
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Usage: amende
double compartment 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: And
the scribe has several different versions of upper case 'A'. The lower lobe of 'A' is square in this example.
Usage: After
Usage: And
Usage: dryue
angular lower lobe for looped 'd'. The upper loop is formed with a reverse stroke leaving the upper part of the loop as a very much finer stroke, sometimes almost invisible.
Usage: fledde
Usage: qd
'd' with neatly contained tag.
Usage: Doth
upper case 'D' with parallel line decoration.
Usage: ignoraunce
the tail of 'g' usually describes a gentle curve beneath preceding letters.
Usage: but god
sometimes the tail of 'g' turns back on itself to form a loop at the end of the tail.
Usage: touchyng
'g' in final position with tag.
Usage: Grisilde
upper case 'G' followed by 'z'-shaped 'r'.
Usage: this
'h' with looped head and tail-stroke from the limb curving clockwise beneath the graph.
Usage: hur
example to show the open head-stroke of 'h'. The top of a letter 'l' from the line below intrudes at the bottom left of the image.
Usage: H(?)ur
the word occurs at the beginning of a line and may be an upper case letter. However, the curling round of the tail-stroke does show that the scribe can act with exhuberance on occasion.
Usage: Honoureth
a version of upper case 'H' with circular addition to the left of the stem.
Usage: hur
modern 'r' used in all positions. Here in final position, the 'r' is flourished.
Usage: drenchyng
'z'-shaped 'r' used mainly after 'o' but also after some consonants. An otiose stroke attached to the graph may descend from lower left or lower right (see version 3) of the graph.
Usage: horrible
double 'rr' with both graphs represented.
Usage: there
Usage: sheo
sigma 's' used in initial position.
Usage: was
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position.
Usage: fysshes
long 's' used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: She
a version of the scribe's upper case 'S'.
Usage: wyf
the left limb of 'w' often has a fine approach stroke to begin.
Usage: wt
the scribe often abbreviates 'with'.
Usage: twyes
the two parts of 'w' are entirely separate in this example.
Usage: wonderly
Usage: yeue
the more conventional graph for 'y'.
Usage: drenchyng
many of the scribe's 'y' graphs present as here with fork below the level of surrounding letters. 'y' is almost always dotted very firmly.
Usage: Nynyue
the formation of the graph as two separate trailing and crossing strokes may be seen here clearly.
Usage: may
in the prose sections, 'y' is formed in a more conventional way with fork at the level of the base of surrounding letters and with tail stroke contained.
Upper Case Oddities
Usage: Men
a very strange upper case 'N' with circular addition to the left side.
Usage: Vnto
Usage: Ne
another version of upper case 'N'.
Usage: Ne
and a third version of the 'N' graph.
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