double compartment anglicana 'a' used throughout. The down-stroke is frequently set at an oblique angle.
the down-stroke is sometimes angled at the top and the lower compartment may be oval in shape.
an example of the upper case graph.
the 'd' graph usually has a sharp point to the left side of the lower lobe with hairline finishing stroke to close the lobe.
'd' in final position occasionally has an added long vertical tag which then turns counter-clockwise.
a smoother, rounder version of 'd'.
'g' is usually a double compartment graph, although see version 3. The lower compartment tends to be rather bigger than the upper compartment.
the lower compartment sometimes has a more lateral spread.
the single example of secretary 'g' on the folios examined.
occasionally final 'g' is tagged. Here the tag, similar to the one on final 'd', continues to form a virgule, a form of punctuation used frequently by this scribe.
'h' is evenly formed with a graceful loop at the head.
the limb and tail-stroke are usually neatly contained below the graph, but occasionally, as here, the stroke continues in a clockwise direction, ending just below the base of the stem.
'h' after 't' is frequently crossed.
a distinctive upper case 'H' with scooped stroke angling down from the head and a small curved curl added above.
modern 'r' is used in all positions.The shoulder is frequently separate from the main down-stroke rather than the 'v'-shaped version seen here.
long 'r' is also in the scribe's repertoire and on some folios is used more consistently than modern 'r'.
'z'-shaped 'r' is also used frequently, not only after most vowels but also after round-bodied graphs.
sigma-style 's' in initial position. Sigma 's' is also used in final position and the scribe varies his selection of 's' graph to no apparent pattern.
kidney-shaped 's' in final position.
long 's' in initial position. The head may be set almost at right-angles to the stem as here, or it may be smoothly curved.
upper case 'S' with traces of double parallel line decoration.
'w' is evenly formed. The left limb is usually separate from the middle down-stroke.
the 'B'-shaped element is always present at the right.
abbreviation of 'with'.
there is no discernible difference between upper and lower case graphs of 'W'.
the fork of 'y' is usually level with the lower line of the scribe's writing.
the tail of 'y' is variable in length.
occasionally 'y' is dotted.
here the tail of 'y' continues to join with the next graph.
|Thorn and Yogh|
thorn is used frequently for definite articles, pronouns and demonstratives.
the stem of thorn is thick but tapers as it descends. There is usually an approach stroke to the stem and the lobe is set mid-way down the shaft.
yogh is used as both equivalent to 'y' and also to 'gh'.
|Upper Case Letters|
a very interesting current form of 'T'.
sometimes the left side of certain upper case graphs are serrated.
'N' with 2-shaped element to begin and pronounced feet at line level.
upper case 'P' with vertical line to separate lobe from stem.
|More Upper Case Letters|
double parallel line decoration.
'I's are distinctive with head loop which is almost, but not quite closed. Either one or several short horizontal bars cross the stem.
'B' with 2-shaped element to precede.
a simpler version of upper case 'N'.