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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson poet. 149
Folios:1-24r (line fifteen)
Sampled Folios:17v
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Usage: all
double compartment 'a' used throughout.
Usage: day
Usage: Athenes
the scribe's upper case letter.
Usage: A. benedicite
Usage: day
looped 'd' used throughout which varies little.
Usage: Inglond
'd' in final position sometimes attracts a tag.
Usage: shuldres
'd' so squashed that it appears to be a round 'e'.
Usage: armed
Usage: biganne
double compartment 'g' looking very much like the number '8'.
Usage: legges
Usage: returnyng(e)
the scribe uses the same abbreviative mark for the plural 'es'.
Usage: knyght(is)
Usage: hire
a thick limb which curves in this example but is frequently straight.
Usage: wight
'h' is sometimes crossed in the 'ght' combination.
Usage: loueth
'h' is also crossed after 't'.
Usage: Eu(er)iche
the sequence of the scribe's strokes are visible in this example.
Usage: returnyng
long 'r' is used the majority of the time.
Usage: approchid
modern 'r' is used occasionally.
Usage: her
long 'r' with flourish probably to replace a missing final 'e'.
Usage: there
example to show the angle of 'r' which gives a forward impetus to the hand.
Usage: knytis
sigma 's' always used in final position. Very occasionally it is used initially (see version 4).
Usage: sikerly
long 's' almost always used in initial position and always medially.
Usage: Some
upper case 'S' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: stele
sigma 's' in initial position.
Usage: werre
'w' may be as in this example with a single lobe to the right of the graph, or as in the other examples, with a 'B'-shaped element at the right.
Usage: wight
Usage: wente
some 'w's have loops to begin which are almost horizontal.
Usage: with
Usage: you
most of the scribe's 'y's have an extended horizontal tail.
Usage: Cheualry
Usage: knyght
Usage: many one
Usage: þat
thorn is used occasionally but each of these words is also written with 'th' rather than thorn.
Usage: þei
Usage: þe
Usage: þat
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