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Hand 3
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Harley 1239
Sampled Folios:34r
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Usage: art
letter 'a' which appears on the top line of the page. The scribe attempts more of a display script for the first few lines on the folio.
Usage: and
the beginning of the second stanza on the folio and the scribe has settled back to his more normal script. Note that this scribe also copies a long way above the line.
Usage: a
the scribe also has a double compartment 'a'.
Usage: And
the scribe's upper case 'A'.
Usage: Bridill
unlooped 'd' used throughout.
Usage: gladde
Usage: drede
'd' quite often stands alone with no attempt to form a link with the following letter. However, here, the slight overhamg at the base of the descender is used to form a link with the following 'r'.
Usage: gilt
the tailed 'g' of this scribe sits well above the line, the tail ending usually just at or just below the line itself.
Usage: god
tail of 'g' often turns to the right.
Usage: nyght
the tails of 'y' and 'g' join up.
Usage: thei
'h' as used in initial position, or as here in the more formal script of the top few lines, has a foot at the base of the stem.
Usage: schall
the 'ch' ligature. No foot on the more informal letter.
Usage: howe
some rather jerky letters for a few lines.
Usage: His
the beginning of a line and therefore the scribe's upper case letter.
Usage: there
angled stem for modern 'r'.
Usage: worldly
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o'.
Usage: merye
long 'r' is used infrequently.
Usage: as
kidney-shaped 's' used on almost every occasion in final position.
Usage: is
there are one or two examples on this folio of sigma 's' used in final position.
Usage: passit
Usage: wynne
'w' as the initial letter.
Usage: howe
'w' within a word and the formation is almost as in version 1 although the first arm of the letter is frequently above the level of surrounding letters.
Usage: Was
upper case 'W' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: nowe
the word is on the top line and this is an example of the scribe taking advantage of the extra space.
Usage: allwey
the tail of 'y' varies in length. Sometimes it sits on the line itself and sometimes extends below.
Usage: pley
occasionally the scribe dots the 'y'.
Usage: yoye
'y' used here for 'i'. The scribe spells the word 'joy' variously; 'yoye', ioye, 'Ioye'.
Usage: Ye
upper case 'Y' at the beginning of a line with the extravagant extra flourishes to begin the letter.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Mi
Usage: Ne
Usage: I
Usage: Pandarus
Usage: I
Usage: I
Usage: I
Usage: I
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