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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Sloane 1685
Folios:1-46 (line 9)
Sampled Folios:43v
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Usage: al
anglicana double compartment 'a'.
Usage: Absolon
upper case 'A'.
Usage: And
upper case 'A' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: Auauntyng
'A' also in initial position in the line.
Usage: And
the looped 'd' is very consistently formed with little variation.
Usage: qd
'd' after 'quod' abbreviation with the usual tag.
Usage: Dyuerse
upper case 'D' with two pairs of double parallel lines within the letter as decoration.
Usage: god
double compartment anglicana 'g' used throughout.
Usage: p(ro)log
'g' in final position with tag. Note that the 'g' sits on the line and does not extend below.
Usage: Gras
upper case 'G' with serrated left side in initial position in the line. Double parallel line decoration as in the 'D' graph.
Usage: his
typical 'h' with tail stroke descending to just below the level of the line. The small angular stroke at the foot of the stem is almost always present when the letter is in initial position. When 'h' is in medial position in a word, the stem of 'h' may be smoother, as in version 2.
Usage: the
'h' without the foot.
Usage: He
upper case 'H' as the initial letter of a line.
Usage: lough
crossed 'h' with unusual right flick at the end of the tail-stroke.
Usage: euere
modern 'r' and 'z'-shaped 'r' used by this scribe.
Usage: ffor
'z'-shaped 'r' used exclusively after 'o'. Otiose stroke from lower left makes contact with the ruled line.
Usage: Reues
upper case 'R'.
Usage: is
8-shaped diamond 's' used in final position.
Usage: heres
occasionally at the end of a line, 's' has a small tag angled upwards.
Usage: asshen
long 's' used initially and in medial position. This letter sits on the line and does not extend below it.
Usage: So
upper case 'S'.
Usage: saw
the shape of the 'w' graph is most consistent.
Usage: We
the scribe's upper case 'W'. This is another example of an upper case graph with fine parallel lines and shadow strokes to decorate the letter.
Usage: nyce
typical shape of this letter. 'y' is not usually dotted. The tail of 'y' extends just below the line.
Usage: bigynneth
the tail occasionally extends further to the left.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: This
upper case letters frequently have parallel line decoration.
Usage: Ialousie
here 'I' is shadowed by a parallel line.
Usage: Explicit
Usage: But
2-shaped element to begin and parallel lines to decorate 'B'.
Usage: ȝeres
Usage: ȝou
Usage: ȝit
yogh in initial position in the line showing a 'shadowing' which has entailed the re-inking of the frame line with a second stroke within the letter itself.
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