both single and double compartment 'a' are used. The hand is very variable with preferences for different forms of graph depending on stint.
an oval version of the single compartment.
'd' is always looped with a very angular bowl although a rounder version is also used at times.
angular and rounded in one word.
the upper case version.
Usage: youre gude
'g' is tailed and the tail extends backwards under several graphs in a curve.
Usage: of gou(er)nance
on the bottom line of the folio hence the licence to curve the tail counter-clockwise at the end, as well as avoiding the descender of 'f'.
'h' is consistently neat.
'h' after 't' or 'g' in final position is usually crossed.
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line. Note the extra loop to the left of the stem.
all forms of 'r' are used, again according to stint. 'r' in initial position may be modern 'r', long 'r' or even 'z'-shaped 'r', see version 3.
'r' in final position may also be either long 'r' or modern 'r'. Here long 'r' with flourish to represent a missing 'e'.
'z'-shaped 'r' in initial position.
a very angular form of the upper case graph.
either sigma or long 's' is used in initial position.
kidney-shaped 's' is usually used in final position.
occasionally the head-stroke of long 's' extends over the top of several succeeding graphs.
'w' also comes in variety. Here a simple looped version which is basically two 'v's..
this 'w' alternates with version 1 to no apparent pattern.
found at the beginning of a stanza and with rather exaggerated head-strokes. Notice the foot at the base of the initial stroke and the 'B'-shaped element at the right.
'W' at the beginning of a line.
the shape of the body of 'y' varies little. The tail may be thin, thick, curved or straight.
a very fine oblique stroke as the tail.
thorn is used frequently. It is used for the usual articles and adjectives but also as a replacement 'th' in places.
what may be the scribe's upper case 'Thorn' at the beginning of a line. An exggerated hook as an approach stroke and two dots at the left of the shaft
the stem of thorn is very thick and tapers as it descends.
the lobe of thorn is small in comparison with the length and thickness of the stem.
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'I' is distinctive and may be traced throughout the manuscript although the hand varies at times.