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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Egerton 2726
Folios:1-48 + lines 1-8 of 49r; 111 except for lines 1 and 2.
Sampled Folios:40v
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Usage: nat
the most usual lower case 'a' which is a single compartment graph. The head stroke does not always have the pointed extension where the nib turns.
Usage: a
the only double compartment lower case 'a' on this folio, used for the indefinite article.
Usage: Aviseth
an elaborate upper case 'A' as the first letter of the line.
Usage: Astrologye
the more usual upper case 'A' which is varied elsewhere by the size of the upper lobe.
Usage: fynden
looped 'd' used throughout.
Usage: cleped
'd' in final position with tag.
Usage: goddes
Usage: Demeth
upper case 'D' used at the beginning of a line.
Usage: wyght
both anglicana and secretary 'g' are represented on this folio.
Usage: goddes
anglicana and secretary 'g's are used with no definable pattern. Here the tail descending from the right side of the lobe is fine and has a counter-clockwise flick.
Usage: dwellyng
'g' in final position with tag attached to the horizontal slash.
Usage: gestes
an elaborate tailed 'g'.
Usage: housbonde
the letter is consistently formed and varies little. The usual upper case 'H' used at the beginning of lines is also mainly formed in this way.
Usage: Here
elaborate upper case 'H' used for the rubric between tales.
Usage: Hade
more elaborate than the usual upper case 'H' to begin the line. Perhaps formed under the influence of the 'H' which introduces the rubric three or four lines above.
Usage: thinketh
crossed 'h' in the 'th' combination at the end of the word.
Usage: priuitee
modern 'r' used in all cases except after 'o'. The stem of 'r' is curved, the shoulder stroke attached by a short, fine hair-line.
Usage: Oxenford
'z' shaped 'r' used exclusively after 'o'. Used here with a tag from the lower stroke which is not always present in other examples.
Usage: interrogacions
Usage: Reve
long sweeping approach stroke to the upper case graph.
Usage: his
sigma 's' is used frequently both initially and finally, but other types of 's' are also in use.
Usage: goddes
more of an angular 8-shaped 's' used in final position. The upper compartment stands well above the level of previous letters.
Usage: was
a kidney-shaped 's' in final position, one of several on this folio.
Usage: falsen
long 's' is used occasionally both initially and medially.
Usage: wyf
consistent shape of 'w'.
Usage: Was
the only variation in 'w' on this folio. Other 'w's which are used at the beginning of lines and therefore might be considered standard upper case letters are formed as in version 1 of this letter.
Usage: foyson
standard shape of 'y'. Very occasionally there is a dot above the letter. The curve of the tail sometimes varies from this standard.
Usage: eu(er)y
'y' with upward sweep. The scribe has extended the tail of 'y' to incorporate the 'er' abbreviation.
Usage: Yf
the first letter of a line and therefore assumed to be an upper case letter which is exactly the same as the lower case one.
Usage: there
final letter of the word. 'e' has an otiose stroke to follow. The tag can be seen after 'e' in many places on the folio.
Usage: Here
here the small tag is detached from the letter in the word 'Here' of the rubric.
Usage: Astrologye
the final letter of the line. The same tag is almost always present when the last letter of the line is 'e'.
Usage: þt
the scribe uses thorn only for this abbreviated form of 'that' on this folio.
Usage: þt
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