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Hand 2
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Additional 25718
Sampled Folios:47r (except for the top three lines)
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Usage: as
this scribe mingles secretary forms with those of anglicana. Here the double compartment 'a' which sometimes occurs in the same word with the single compartment version of the graph.
Usage: and
single compartment 'a' with hair-line at the head to close.
Usage: akart
both forms of 'a' used in this example.
Usage: Amonge
the upper case version of the graph.
Usage: demonstratyue
'd' is looped and very similar to the 'd' of the first hand.
Usage: whed(er)
the lobe may be very angular as in the first version, or smoother as it is here.
Usage: and
angular lower lobe and triangular head.
Usage: del(e)d
Usage: god
'g' is an odd graph with the lower compartment frequently lop-sided or squashed in appearance.
Usage: bryng
a short downward tag on this 'g' in final position.
Usage: ryght
Usage: brynge
distorted form of the lower compartment.
Usage: he
the stem of 'h' generally does not have an angled foot as is seen in the upper case version 4.
Usage: shal
the limb is short and curves gently.
Usage: cloth
crossed 'h' in final position in a word when following 't'. The scribe also crosses double 'l'.
Usage: How
upper case version of 'H' with foot.
Usage: ryght
long 'r' is used in all positions throughout.
Usage: your
'r' in final position frequently has a flourish.
Usage: freres
on this folio, 'z'-shaped 'r' only follows 'o' and 'f' as here!
Usage: lord
Usage: seint
long 's' is most frequently used in initial position. It is also used medially.
Usage: his
sigma 's' is used in both initial and final positions.
Usage: sette
rare to find sigma 's' in initial position on this folio. It may be the scribe's more usual practise elsewhere.
Usage: Shal
Usage: when
'w' occurs with several variations. Here the left limb has a distinct foot and the head of the stroke curls over to close on the second.
Usage: whele
both arms left open at the head.
Usage: worthynesse(s)
here the left arm has a sweeping approach stroke to begin.
Usage: Withouten
Usage: lay
a wider curve on the tail of 'y' than that of the first scribe.
Usage: bely
Usage: hy(m)
the left limb is mainly a vertical line, but occasionally it is found at a slight angle as in the next example.
Usage: Your
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þen
thorn is not used frequently but is used for demonstratives and the definite article. There is a single example of its use as a verb ending.
Usage: þis
Usage: brouȝt
yogh is used as equivalent of both 'y' and 'gh'.
Usage: ȝoure
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Let
Usage: Tell
Usage: By
Usage: I
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