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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson poet. 163
Folios:1-9, 16-19, 29, 59v-113v
Sampled Folios:9r, 92v
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Usage: makith
the majority of this scribe's lower case 'a' graphs are variations on this form with horned head-stroke.
Usage: aboue
occasionally the scribe has a simpler form of secretary 'a' closed at the head with a hairline.
Usage: And
the scribe's upper case 'A's are double compartment with angular lower lobe.
Usage: As
a different form of upper case 'A'.
Usage: dystresse
the scribe uses both looped and unlooped 'd' generally in about equal proportions.
Usage: do
an angular unlooped 'd'.
Usage: payed
'd' in final position. The stroke which closes the loop continues to become a thick curving stroke which descends well below the graph before curving upwards.
Usage: hadde
Usage: glad
most of the scribe's 'g' graphs are secretary forms with horned head and horizontal cross-stroke and a tail which turns counter-clockwise to finish.
Usage: doghter
Usage: Greuaunces
Usage: grace
occasionally the scribe has a simpler form of tailed 'g' with short tapering stroke for the tail and no return.
Usage: whetstone
the head-stroke of 'h' may be looped or open. Here the head-stroke arches over the following graph.
Usage: Eche
the head-loop rests on the shoulder.
Usage: semeth
where 'th' are together, 'h' is nearly always crossed. The cross-stroke runs horizontally above the 'th'.
Usage: Hyr
upper case letter at the beginning of a line. The thick stem-stroke begins only just above the level of the shoulder. The head-stroke forms a wide inverted 'V' above two graphs.
Usage: more
'z'-shaped 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: right
'z'-shaped 'r' used here in initial position.
Usage: Remedi
upper case 'R' seen here with following 'e' which makes use of the extension from 'R' as its first element.
Usage: toolis
kidney-shaped 's' is always used in final position.
Usage: so
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: Syn
upper case 'S' with vertical slash bisecting the graph, extending both above and below.
Usage: stonden
'st' ligature always appears as here.
Usage: whyte
there is little variation in the 'w' graph.
Usage: Now
the small, oval single lobe on the right side is a typical feature.
Usage: Wyl
upper case letter formed in exactly the same way. The descender from 'F' in the line above bisects the left arm of the graph.
Usage: yet
the 'y' graph has a vertical left limb and an exaggerated curve to its tail.
Usage: may
Usage: Yf
'Y' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: But
upper case 'B' is a strange graph.
Usage: place
lower case 'p' appears to be formed from a single stroke beginning at the upper left then looping round to descend in a tapering stroke.
Usage: That
upper case 'T' looks rather messy.
Usage: Pandar
and a strangely-formed upper case 'P'.
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