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Hand 2
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 902
Sampled Folios:17r, 124r
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Usage: and
the scribe uses double compartment 'a' most of the time as though trying to conform with the first hand. His formation of this graph is not consistent. Perhaps he is more used to copying the single compartment graph.
Usage: stant
an example of the scribe's single compartment 'a'.
Usage: And
most of the upper case 'A's are formed as in this example.
Usage: And
the square-shaped lobe has a visible lead-in stroke.
Usage: prodegalite
the scribe's lower case 'd's are very similar to those of Scribe D. It is possible that Scribe D copied the first quire of the manuscript and then passed it on with instructions to imitate the hand as far as possible.
Usage: dedly
a very angular lobe to the first 'd'.
Usage: videlicet
an example taken from the marginal gloss on this folio, which, although in a different type of script, is by the same scribe. In the gloss, unlooped 'd' is used throughout.
Usage: Desire
upper case 'D' with loop in front of the graph.
Usage: oght
'g' is not a happy graph in this scribe's repertoire. It frequently appears to be squashed and uncomfortable. Most of the scribe's 'g's resemble the one shown here.
Usage: good
occasionally 'g' is reduced to a form like this which is barely recognisable as 'g'.
Usage: þing
a much more competent rendering of the graph. The upward flick from the horizontal tag is unusual, but 'g' is in final position.
Usage: þing
Usage: such
a neatly scribed 'h'.
Usage: haue
the scribe often curves the tailstroke round clockwise and then loops back to join on to the following graph.
Usage: wherof
the scribe allows himself licence on the top line of the folio.
Usage: He
'H' as an upper case graph at the beginning of a line.
Usage: certes
modern 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: branches
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o' and certain consonants.
Usage: Par
'r' in final position is frequently finished with a fine flourish.
Usage: Riht
upper case 'R' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: certes
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: schrifte
long 's' is used in initial position. There is often a triangular head for long 's'.
Usage: somer
the scribe also has a modern 's' in his repertoire. It may be intended as an upper case graph because he does use this 's' for a noun on more than one occasion in initial position.
Usage: So
Usage: wol
the scribe uses a number of 'w' graphs and alternates them to no set pattern. The basic shape has a 'B'-shaped element to the right. The head-loops may be closed as in this example.
Usage: which
the left limb of 'w' may have an angled foot with curving approach stroke from the left.
Usage: ȝow
the graph may also be formed with no angled foot and the head left open.
Usage: Wiþ
the upper case graph can be a larger version of any of the graphs seen above.
Usage: myn
'y' is evenly formed. The tail of 'y' generally turns counter-clockwise and retraces the line of the descender.
Usage: mercy
'y' sometimes has a very fine squiggle above it, almost unnoticeable.
Usage: kynde
Usage: wyht
here the tail of 'y' turns and ascends to link to the following graph.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þing
thorn is ubiquitous and used on most occasions to replace 'th' in whatever context.
Usage: semeþ
the lobe of thorn is quite large and often open at the head.
Usage: ȝit
on the folios examined, yogh is used as equivalent to 'y' and also to the plural 'z' sound as seen in version 4.
Usage: pointȝ
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Now
Usage: This
Usage: Par
Usage: Boþe
More Upper Case Letters
Usage: Ne
Usage: Of
Usage: In
Usage: Mi
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