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Hand C
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS Mm.2.21
Folios:ff 65-72v (quire 9)
Sampled Folios:66r
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Usage: al
double compartment 'a' which frequently appears with no separation between upper and lower compartments.
Usage: art
Usage: And
several slightly different versions of this shape of upper case 'A' may be found on the folio examined.
Usage: And
Usage: dore
'd' may be securely looped as in this version with angular lower lobe.
Usage: And
'd' may also have an 'open' centre.
Usage: and
sometimes the scribe squashes his graphs so that they appear stunted versions of his script.
Usage: drede
Usage: godes
this is a fairly robust form of 'g' compared with some of the examples seen on this folio.
Usage: goþ
here the lower compartment has all but disappeared
Usage: necgligens
again the lower compartment is very small compared with the upper compartment.
Usage: þorgh
neither upper nor lower compartment is closed in this version.
Usage: how
'h' is generally fairly consistent in formation with variation in the length of tail. However, see versions 3 and 4.
Usage: schal
Usage: schrift
head-stroke through shoulder, limb and tail are a single stroke in this example.
Usage: He
the same seems to apply here too.
Usage: Wher
modern 'r' is used in all positions and is the preferred graph.
Usage: bereþ
long 'r' is also used on occasion.
Usage: more
z'-shaped 'r', with and without otiose stroke is used mainly after 'o' and occasionally follows other graphs such as 'w'.
Usage: fer
'r' in final position with flourish.
Usage: schape
this peculiar version of sigma 's' is used in initial and in final position.
Usage: was
a sort-of '8'-shaped version of 's' in final position.
Usage: sorow
long 's' is also used initially and medially.
Usage: Si
serpentine 'S' with long horizontal base stroke.
Usage: was
the scribe has a variety of 'w' graphs.
Usage: eft(er)ward
Usage: oþ(er)wise
Usage: Wher
upper case graph tinged with yellow at the beginning of a line.
Usage: my
the right limb turns to connect at the fork (here it is missed), and continues as the tail in a straight line at an oblique angle.
Usage: thynk
as with the unusual variations in other of the scribe's graphs, 'y' also sometimes has a peculiarity. The left limb is often curved from the left at the top to the right at the fork.
Usage: gyle
Usage: treuly
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: bereþ þe
two different shapes for thorn in this example.
Usage: þus
yet another version of the graph. Thorn is used frequently by the scribe.
Usage: nouȝt
yogh is used as equivalent of both 'gh' and 'y'.
Usage: ȝif
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