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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:USA, San Marino, CA, Henry E. Huntington Library MS HM 28561
Folios:ff1-78a, line 5 and then back and forth with second until f123 which he writes entirely but then doesn't appear again.
Sampled Folios:14r
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Usage: may
straight-sided 'a' with horizontal cross-bar is used almost exclusively, though see version 4.
Usage: and
Usage: And
Usage: and
a single example of single compartment 'a' found on the folio examined.
Usage: doute
'd' is always looped and the lower lobe may have an angular appearance.
Usage: hadde
Usage: bakward
'd' in final position is sometimes tagged.
Usage: dide
Usage: goddes
secretary 'g' with horned head is used almost exclusively, but see version 3.
Usage: standyng
'g' in final position is often tagged with vertical stroke.
Usage: holdyng
as with 'a' there is a single example of double compartment 'g' on the folio examined.
Usage: gregorie
Usage: hertis
'h' may or may not have an angled foot at the base of the stem.
Usage: heeste
there is no significant extension of the stroke from the limb to form a tail.
Usage: nameliche
Usage: Here
a more angled head-stroke for the upper case graph.
Usage: resou(n)s
long 'r' is used almost all the time in every position.
Usage: mynystr
'r' in final position with flourish, perhaps denoting a missing final 'e'.
Usage: wordes
'z'-shaped 'r' seems to be used only after 'o'.
Usage: vnderstonde
an occasional use of modern 'r'.
Usage: seint
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: was
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: successour
when 'ss' is used, both graphs are more or less the same height and length.
Usage: So
Usage: wiþ
'w' appears in two forms. Here both limbs are straight with a starting lip at the head of each stroke.
Usage: yow
in this example, the limbs are curved with closed loops at the head.
Usage: wiþdrawe
Usage: alwey
Usage: Ayens
'y' is undotted. The length and curvature of the tail does vary.
Usage: myne
Usage: symple
Usage: say
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: wiþ
thorn is used frequently for all occasions to replace 'th'.
Usage: þei
the stem of thorn is set at a slant.
Usage: Iȝeue
yogh is used as equivalent of both 'y' and 'gh'.
Usage: nouȝt
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