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Hand 2
Current Manuscript:England, Durham, Durham University Library MS Cosin V.II.13
Identification:Copies Hoccleve
Sampled Folios:106r
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Usage: all
single compartment 'a' is used throughout in the main text. However, the scribe uses anglicana double compartment 'a' in his display script.
Usage: generall
a more spikey version of 'a'.
Usage: And
a variant form of upper case 'A'.
Usage: And
the scribe's more usual version of upper case 'A'.
Usage: droppis
looped 'd' is used most of the time although he also uses the unlooped version on occasion.
Usage: goddes
unlooped 'd's within a word.
Usage: seed
'd' in final position with tag.
Usage: Demeth
upper case 'D' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: greveth
tailed 'g' is used throughout. The tail is either straight or ends in a short counter-clockwise flick.
Usage: Passing
'g' in final position with fine tag which ascends and then drops vertically.
Usage: Right
the 'ght' combination.
Usage: greuaunce
Usage: hertely
although the head-stroke appears to be open, it is just possible to see the fine hairline stroke which returns to the stem.
Usage: hem
'h' often has a small closed loop at the head. The resemblance to Hoccleve's 'h' with shoulder lower than following graphs may be seen in this example.
Usage: wyght
in almost every example of 'h' the extension of the tail from the limb is short and contained beneath the body of the graph. Here the tail curves very slightly to the right to finish.
Usage: Here
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: right
'z'-shaped 'r' and modern 'r' alternate in all positions with no particular formula. The 'z'-shaped example is used more frequently.
Usage: our
modern 'r' in final position with a faint upturned stroke to finish. As the scribe increases his speed of copying, he adds more faint tags to a number of different graphs. In the first stanza of the folio, the letters are more carefully and individually formed.
Usage: mater
'z'-shaped 'r' in final position.
Usage: Right
upper case 'R' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: subiectis
long 's' is always used in initial and medial positions. The stem may be thick but tapers to finish.
Usage: ladyes
kidney-shaped 's' is always used in final position.
Usage: So
one version of the scribe's upper case 'S' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: Suche
upper case 'S' as the first letter of a line.
Usage: women
when 'w' is in initial position, there is frequently an approach stroke to the left limb which begins below the graph itself.
Usage: yow
'w' in final position with both arms at the level of surrounding graphs. The scribe often extends the left arm of 'w' even when the graph is in the middle of a word.
Usage: dowbylnesse
Usage: With
Usage: yle
'y' is generally consistently formed although the left arm may sometimes be more of a curved stroke, as in this example.
Usage: sighingly
the tail of 'y' angles back beneath previous graphs. There is generally a short turn counter-clockwise to finish.
Usage: lytyll
Usage: londys
occasionally the tail is straight.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þat
the only example of thorn on the folio examined.
Usage: ȝe
the only example of yogh on this folio
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
Usage: Passing
Usage: Of
Usage: Ben
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