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Hand A
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS Mm.2.21
Folios:ff1-16v (quires 1-2), 17-32v (quires 3- 4), 41-64v (quires 6-8), 73-88v (quires 10-11), 97-136v (quires 13-17), 145-152v (quire 19), 161-176v (quires 21-22)
Sampled Folios:32v
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Usage: man
double compartment 'a' is used almost all the time.
Usage: outrage
secretary 'a' is found in a few instances on this folio.
Usage: As
upper case 'A' has an angular lower lobe, pointed at the left side.
Usage: And
Usage: done
'd' is almost always looped. However, there are occasional variations as may be see in versions 3 and 4.
Usage: acorde
Usage: hede
as with the occasional use of single compartment 'a', this 'd' in which the loop is left open at the top is also found occasionally.
Usage: And
Usage: grete
double compartment 'g' is used throughout.
Usage: ligge
sometimes the lower compartment of the graph appears to be slightly in advance of the upper compartment, giving the graph a tilted aspect.
Usage: þing
'g' in final position with flourish perhaps for a missing final 'e'.
Usage: strengþed
Usage: hynde
'h' has a looped head and sometimes has a foot at the base of the stem.
Usage: whate
upright stem with no foot and short limb-stroke tapering slightly. The tail-strokes vary in length and curvature with each example.
Usage: soight
Usage: He
upper case 'H' has an angled foot.
Usage: rocke
modern 'r' is used in all positions and is the preferred graph.
Usage: drede
a shortish 'v'-shaped 'r' is also found from time to time.
Usage: broȝten
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o' and round-bodied graphs.
Usage: Riȝt
Usage: sette
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions. The serif to the left of the stem is usually visible.
Usage: suche
sigma 's' is used occasionally in initial position.
Usage: was
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: So
Usage: wel
'w' is generally looped at the head and has the 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: wynd
occasionally the head loops are left open.
Usage: Where
concave left side to this upper case version.
Usage: Whan
Usage: euery
'y' is occasionally dotted. Just to confuse things, the scribe dots his thorn from time to time as well!
Usage: myn
the tail of 'y' varies in length but is more usually found as in this example.
Usage: nyȝtes
Usage: myȝt
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: wiþ
thorn is used frequently in all functions.
Usage: waxeþ
dot over thorn as in other examples.
Usage: noȝt
yogh is also used fairly frequently.
Usage: Ȝit
Upper Case Letters
Usage: But
Usage: Of
Usage: Estward
Usage: Is
Upper Case S
Usage: Sche
Usage: Sche
Usage: So
Usage: Subdit
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