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Hand A
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Egerton 913
Identification:Possibly Thomas Hoccleve
Folios:ff1-26v, 31r-36v
Sampled Folios:1r, 11v, 21v, 31v, 36v
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Usage: taught
two main shapes for single compartment 'a'. This 'a' has a horned head.
Usage: that
simple single compartment 'a' with joining hairline.
Usage: And
the most frequently used upper compartment 'A' with upper lobe leaning to the left.
Usage: Anglica
upper compartment 'A', very similar to one of the versions used by Hoccleve.
Usage: dwelle
'd' is evenly formed with angular lobe and decisive upper loop.
Usage: goddes
Usage: world
'd' in final position with tag.
Usage: Dennis
upper case 'D' with upper loop extended far out to the left.
Usage: grete
secretary lower case 'g' with exaggerated tail following a clockwise arc ending in an upward curve which then turns down.
Usage: thought
Usage: legges
'g's with angled flat head strokes.
Usage: God
Usage: hiere
lower case 'h' is set at a slight slant.
Usage: verrailiche
a more upright version with tail curving counter-clockwise to finish.
Usage: he
a more slanted version of 'h'.
Usage: He
upper case 'H' with loop attached to the stem extending into the left margin.
Usage: reule
both modern and long 'r' are used.
Usage: hir
long 'r', which in fact is not very long, is probably favoured over modern 'r' on the folio examined.
Usage: more
'z'-shaped 'r' may or may not have the otiose stroke addition to the lower left.
Usage: Rebus
Usage: shal
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions. The stroke is thicker in the centre with tapering tail and finer head.
Usage: bokes
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position.
Usage: agrise
the stem of 's' may be split as in this example.
Usage: Som
Usage: written
'w' is evenly formed with closed head loops and single compartment at the right.
Usage: thewed
sometimes the left arm has a slight angled foot.
Usage: how
Usage: Wher
Usage: tyme
the tail of 'y' sometimes angles first clockwise, then curls round counter-clockwise and continues up over the body of the graph, finally ending well above the upper level of the letters.
Usage: wryte
the tail of 'y' extends under the previous graphs and ends with a small curve down.
Usage: wysdome
Usage: queyntise
Usage: ȝif
yogh is used as equivalent to the 'y' element.
Usage: aȝeyn
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Torpor
the scribe has some distinctive upper case graphs.
Usage: Incipit
the stem of 'I' has a loop addition to the left. The head stroke is often a loop which curves deeply before meeting the stem below the head.
Usage: Beleeue
'B' with a 'Z'-shaped element in front of the lower lobe of the graph.
Usage: Now
upper case 'N' with feet and arched approach stroke.
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