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Hand 2
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson poet. 163
Folios:10-16, 43-51v
Sampled Folios:45r
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Usage: cas
double compartment 'a'. This word has been selected to show that sometimes, even in the middle of a word, the scribe's 'a' stands well above surrounding letters.
Usage: all
the scribe also uses a straight-sided 'a' with cross-stroke.
Usage: Appoyntedden
Usage: And
Usage: lady
looped 'd' is used throughour and generally has an angular lower lobe.
Usage: disesed
the final 'd' of the last word in a line with an extra long flourish.
Usage: neede
a much more rounded graph.
Usage: wroghte
the scribe has two shapes of graph for 'g'. This one has an angular upper compartment and oval lower lobe.
Usage: right
in this example, two diamond-shaped lobes are set one above the other with lower lobe bigger than the upper lobe.
Usage: wight
'ght' combination. The tail of 'g' operates in reverse, turning counter-clockwise to complete the lower compartment.
Usage: hir
the tail-stroke is frequently looped round to form a complete circle. The head stroke is often left open.
Usage: thynge
the head stroke frequently arches above more than one following graph.
Usage: right
in the 'ght' combination, 'h' is often crossed.
Usage: He
upper case letter as the first letter of a folio.
Usage: serue
long 'r' is used in every position except after 'o'.
Usage: torned
'z'-shaped 'r' with or without a thick otiose stroke (as in version 3) used after 'o'.
Usage: for
the extra stroke on 'r' is so exaggerated it takes up more space than the graph itself.
Usage: hir
long 'r' in final position with small curled flourish to finish.
Usage: serue
sigma 's' is used in initial position.
Usage: pylwes
sigma 's' is also used in final position.
Usage: leste
long 's' only used in medial position on this folio.
Usage: She
Usage: was
there is almost no variation at all in this complicated graph.
Usage: swiche
Usage: Wolde
upper case version exactly the same.
Usage: lady
again 'y' is consistent in its formation.
Usage: yate
Decorative Features
Usage: The final word on the folio with 'y' extension tipped with red ink.
Usage: Bracketing feature for lines in the stanzas.
Usage: The stanzas are not evenly spaced but divided by red lines broken by pairs of parallel lines.
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