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Hand A
Current Manuscript:Oxford, New College MS 326
Sampled Folios:25r
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Usage: am
lower case 'a' is unusual. The lower compartment appears to consist of a scoop-shaped stroke with or without a hairline to link back to the upper closed compartment.
Usage: bare
the scribe's graphs are regularly formed with little variation.
Usage: And
Usage: As
two versions of a very similar upper case 'A'.
Usage: doune
unlooped 'd' with circular bowl and angled down-stroke.
Usage: Cryend
'd' in final position with the scribe's neat version of a flourish, perhaps for missing final 'e'?
Usage: fedden
Usage: sprede
Usage: glad
tailed 'g', used throughout is also consistently formed. The compartment is oval in shape and the tail, consisting of two thick strokes, rests on the line.
Usage: good
Usage: noþinge
'g' sits above the level of surrounding graphs because although the scribe copies above the line, he needs to accommodate the tail of 'g' to sit on the line, forcing the graph higher.
Usage: grene
Usage: he
the stem of 'h' leans slightly. The stroke from the shoulder usually descends in a vertical line as in this example.
Usage: which
in final position following 'c', 't' and 'g', 'h' is crossed. The tail-stroke curves clockwise.
Usage: seyth
Usage: Howe
an elaborate upper case graph with several protuberances to the left of the stem.
Usage: riche
modern 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: dar
'r' in final position with otiose tag also to be found on 't' and sometimes on 's'.
Usage: lores
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o' and 'w'.
Usage: faire
Usage: swere
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: kynges
the scribe has a variety of 's's which he uses in final position. Here 's' is kidney-shaped.
Usage: mannes
8-shaped 's' in final position. The scribe also uses a 6-shaped version.
Usage: onderstood
here a rather more elegant shape for long 's' consisting of a tapering down-stroke and a straight hairline head-stroke to link with the following 't'.
Usage: wele
'w' is also consistently formed.
Usage: Hew
Usage: dawes
the head of 'w' is level with the head of surrounding graphs.
Usage: Was
the upper case graph is essentially the same as the lower case version.
Usage: yf
'y' with straight tail-stroke leaving the fork at a forty-five degree angle.
Usage: mery
Usage: kynge
Usage: wyse
very occasionally 'y' is dotted.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: oþer
thorn is used frequently. The stem is a thick, straight stroke.
Usage: þenkeþe
Usage: ȝe
yogh is also used frequently as equivalent of both 'y' and 'gh'.
Usage: tauȝte
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Bot
Usage: I
Usage: To
Usage: Nowe
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