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Hand 2
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Additional 10340
Sampled Folios:41r
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Usage: al
this scribe made a copy of 'Truth' on f41r of the manuscript. He also added a memorial fragment of the description of the Parson's Tale from the Canterbury Tales. The hand is informal. Double compartment anglicana 'a' throughout.
Usage: added
Usage: And
upper case 'A' with square compartment and arching stroke which appears as a semi-circle over the body of the graph.
Usage: And
Usage: delyu(er)e
'd' is looped with a pointed lower lobe.
Usage: drede
the lower compartment of the graph sits horizontally on the line.
Usage: shepherd
'd' in final position is tagged.
Usage: Dau(n)te
almost circular upper case 'D' with internal descender.
Usage: gost
'g' is always the double compartment anglicana type. The lower compartment is triangular in appearance.
Usage: pylgryme
the lower compartment frequently has a tag protruding from the bottom right of the lower compartment.
Usage: þing
'g' in final position usually has a final descending tag to finish.
Usage: wrestlyng
a little difficult to see what is going on here.
Usage: hire
'h' is fairly evenly formed with looped head and a tapering limb which descends vertically from the shoulder.
Usage: vache
this particular copy of 'Truth' has an envoy to Vache as the final stanza.
Usage: hys
Usage: Here
'H' as the first letter of the line. Sometimes the upper case 'H' has a loop to the left of the shaft.
Usage: ferrest
long 'r' is used in all positions except after 'o'.
Usage: pore
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o'.
Usage: her
'r' in final position is sometimes flourished probably to represent a missing final 'e'.
Usage: Reule
Usage: shal
long 's' is always used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: Prees
6-shaped 's' is always used in final position.
Usage: godnesse
Usage: Sauoure
upper case 'S' occurs several times and is usually decorated with either a single or a double slash.
Usage: wiþ
the scribe's 'w' is fairly consistent with left limb angled out to the left and middle arm looped over at the head.
Usage: what
there is occasional variation.
Usage: folwed
Usage: Were
'W' in upper case position at the beginning of a line.
Usage: tykelnesse
'y' is usually dotted.
Usage: Clymbyng
a current form of 'y' which appears almost as an 'n' with curving tail turning counter-clockwise to finish.
Usage: Holy
Usage: hym
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: soþefastnesse
thorn is used on many occasions as a replacement for 'th'.
Usage: couþe
Usage: nouȝt
yogh is also used frequently.
Usage: aȝeyns
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Tempest
an interesting version of upper case 'T'.
Usage: Clymbyng
hairline stroke to connect the two elements of the graph with diagonal dash from the centre of the hairline.
Usage: Knowe
upper case 'K'. 'L' and 'H' (sometimes) have either an angled stroke to the left of the stem as here, or a more looped version.
Usage: But
current form of upper case 'B' which is easily confused with 'D'.
Usage: trust
where 't', 'f', 'k' and sometimes 'g' occur at the end of a word, the scribe often attaches a short descending tag to the cross-bar.
Usage: wolf
Usage: þonk
Usage: Ampersand
ampersand usually has a curved stroke above.
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