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Egerton 2864 scribe
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2. London, British Library MS Egerton 2864
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Egerton 2864
Sampled Folios:265v
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Usage: shal
lower case single compartment secretary 'a'.
Usage: And
double compartment 'A' used as upper case for 'A' and 'And' at the beginning of a new phrase. Also used for 'Angelis', 'Angell', etc.
Usage: ma(n)
the word 'man' abbreviated by a flourish/macron on 'a'.
Usage: crusified
looped anglicana 'd' is the graph used most frequently.
Usage: desirynge
unlooped 'd' is not used as frequently but sometimes occurs in the same word with version 1.
Usage: doon
Usage: thyng
secretary 'g' with reverse flick of tail-stroke.
Usage: god
the tail-stroke descends in a straight line from the lobe.
Usage: thyng
'h' regularly formed as here. The head-loop rests on the shoulder and the limb and tail-stroke are usually short and contained.
Usage: which
definite flick to the right on the tail of 'h'. This word occurs on the top line where the letters are more spaced.
Usage: ought
the 'ght' combination showing crossed 'h' with tiny flick to right on the descender of 'h'.
Usage: shall
occasionally 'h' is formed without a loop at the head and with a very abbreviated limb.
Usage: foryevenesse
'z' shaped 'r' used here after 'o' but also used after 'e' and some consonants. 'z' shaped 'r' is also used at the ends of words as well as in initial and medial position. Modern 'r' is also used after 'o'.
Usage: grete
Usage: her
'r' in final position with flourish perhaps representing a missing final 'e'.
Usage: Rex
upper case 'R'.
Usage: Ihus
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: synnes
sigma 's' is used both initially and in final position.
Usage: synfull
long 's' showing the small hook to the left of the stem where the scribe begins the stroke. Note also the slight curve of the shaft.
Usage: Saviour
upper case 'S'.
Usage: which
double 'v'-shaped 'w'.
Usage: was
although almost always formed in the same way, occasionally the scribe forms the two main strokes of 'w' without the tiny tag which begins the strokes.
Usage: hym
'y' nearly always has a small flick to the right at the end of the tail.
Usage: seye
occasionally the curve of the tail is greater.
Usage: ffyally
sometimes there is no discernible turn at the end of the tail-stroke.
Usage: Ioseph
the top of upper case 'I' is frequently on a level with the tops of the lower case letters.
Usage: Ioye
Usage: Ihus
Usage: Ihus'
Usage: meve
'v' in medial position with long left arm which begins way above the level of the top of preceding letters.
Usage: vilensly
here is 'v' used in initial position.
Usage: salvacion
the indented foot on this letter is also to be seen on the letters 'l' and 'k'.
Usage: visage
'v' in initial position on the top line.
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