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Hand 2
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Arch. Selden B.24
Sampled Folios:218v-219r
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Usage: all
single compartment 'a' is used throughout but the scribe has a number of variants of the graph.
Usage: war
Usage: warld
Usage: At
the scribe has a number of upper case graphs for 'A'. This one is the most used on the folios examined.
Usage: deth
both looped and unlooped 'd' are used.
Usage: and
looped 'd' in final position with tag.
Usage: lady
a version of 'd' which looks to be looped with the loop filled in with ink. The scribe uses this type quite frequently.
Usage: dayis
occasionally the scribe uses what seems to be an upper case graph where one would expect a lower case version. This word occurs on the top line so that might be a reason for an upper case graph in that position. However, he also uses the same graph within a line of verse.
Usage: god
single compartment 'g' used throughout with very little variation.
Usage: walking
'g' in final position with extension of the horizontal slash.
Usage: suagis
Usage: briggit
Usage: hert
the stem of 'h' varies in height. The limb is thick and curved with very little tail.
Usage: quhich
'h' in final position with extremely thick limb-stroke.
Usage: Almithti
Usage: How
the upper case graph.
Usage: remede
'z'-shaped 'r' is used throughout in all positions.
Usage: ar
'r' in final position.
Usage: verray
Usage: Rent
this may be the upper case 'R'!
Usage: suete
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: Is
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: Dayis
a 6-shaped 's' with curving approach stroke is also used in final position occasionally.
Usage: So
the scribe's upper case graph.
Usage: with
'w' is always of the same formation. The initial stroke is very thick. There is then a curved second stroke which has a foot at the lower end and a horizontal stroke leading to the final loop.
Usage: now
Usage: away
'w' is usually bigger than surrounding graphs.
Usage: Warying
upper case 'W' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: my
the basic shape of the body of this graph does not vary alot. The tail-stroke varies in legth and curvature.
Usage: hytht
Usage: fayntee
in this example, the tail of 'y' ascends to join to the following 'n'.
Usage: away
a thick, straight descending stroke for the tail of 'y'.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þt
thorn is used rarely and usually only for the contraction of 'that' and the definite article.
Usage: þe
Usage: ȝou
yogh is also only used occasionally as equivalent to 'y'.
Usage: ȝe
Upper Case Letters
Usage: The
some of the scribe's upper case graphs are quite elaborate.
Usage: Allace
Usage: Bot
Usage: Prince
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