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Fitzwilliam 181 scribe
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1. Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum MS McClean 181
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum MS McClean 181
Sampled Folios:18r, 90r, 208r
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Usage: harneys
squarish secretary 'a' used almost exclusively.
Usage: raunsoun
the single anglicana 'a' on this folio.
Usage: And
the first letter of the first line. The scribe's upper case 'A's are nearly all formed in this way.
Usage: cote-Armours
Usage: wounde
unlooped 'd' is used occasionally by this scribe.
Usage: dede
most of the scribe's 'd's are looped.
Usage: nold
final 'd' with tagged finish.
Usage: Dwellen
Usage: gyrte
most of the scribe's 'g's have a hook as a tail-stroke turning counter-clockwise.
Usage: hight
the exception that proves the rule.
Usage: sloglardy
Usage: lyggynge
Usage: Thorow
arched, open, head-stroke extended beyond the limits of the graph. The limb here descends vertically with gentle curve clockwise to finish.
Usage: he
the stroke from shoulder to tail is frequently angled back beyond the lower part of the stem. The stem leans to the right.
Usage: hight
crossed 'h' in the 'ght' combination. Again the slant of 'h' is notable.
Usage: they
ascender of 'h' on the top line of verse.
Usage: were
modern 'r' is used as well as long 'r' in all positions.
Usage: Conquerour
long 'r' with flourish. Both long 'r' and modern 'r' are used on this folio, long 'r' particularly in final position.
Usage: for
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'e' and 'o'.
Usage: caas
kidney-shaped 's' used frequently in final position.
Usage: Armes
sigma 's' used occasionally in final position.
Usage: Sustren
upper case 'S' for this noun.
Usage: ffresscher
long 's' used both initially and medially.
Usage: with
the length of the left arm of 'w' varies and can be longer or shorter than in this example.
Usage: knewe
a secretary 'w' entirely unlike the previous example.
Usage: With
upper case 'W' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: newe
the last word of a line with space above to allow the scribe to extend the letter vertically. This form of 'w' with 'B'-shaped element to the right is also used frequently on some folios.
Usage: yonge
Usage: worthy
Usage: by
the last word of the line and the scribe takes advantage of the space to his right by extending the tail stroke.
Usage: in the caas
versions 1-3 are all images of ascenders on the top line of verse.
Usage: they
Usage: founde
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Both
all these upper case letters are at the beginning of a line of verse.
Usage: Not
Usage: Terme
Usage: Of
Usage: þe
thorn is used at times, usually with a superscript to follow.
Usage: þt
Usage: þe
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