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Current Manuscript:USA, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections MS Taylor 5
Identification:Trevisa-Gower Scribe
Folios:1 and 8
Sampled Folios:1v
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Usage: aftirward
straight-sided double compartment 'a' with cross-bar between the compartments.
Usage: smale
slight evidence of a horned head in this graph.
Usage: corage
Usage: And
the upper case 'A'.
Usage: debate
unlooped 'd' with short stroke at the head to close the lobe.
Usage: deceyte
'd' is always in ligature with a following 'e'.
Usage: ended
Usage: Du(m)
upper case 'D' in the Latin gloss.
Usage: god
anglicana double compartment 'g' is used throughout. The upper compartment is rounded, the lower is triangular.
Usage: tornyng
slight hook-like extension to the right of the lower lobe.
Usage: oughne
Usage: God
upper case letter at the beginning of a line.
Usage: hool
the stem of 'h' is frequently split at the head.
Usage: hert
however, the scribe also uses this 'h' with curved head-stroke.
Usage: which
Usage: rightwisnesse
Usage: rychesse
modern 'r' is used most of the time in all positions.
Usage: Vnder
'r' in final position with upward tag to finish.
Usage: lord
'z'-shaped 'r' has otiose stroke descending from the bottom left side of the graph.
Usage: guerre
long 'r' is found occasionally in the text as well as in the marginal glosses.
Usage: stode
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: Towardes
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: þis
8-shaped 's' is also used in final position.
Usage: So
Usage: which
this is probably the 'w' graph which is most represented on the folios examined. The central limb has a hairline extension at the top which curls over to the right.
Usage: wise
'w' may also be found without the hairline extension.
Usage: now
Usage: Wiþ
an unusual 'W' with separate left limb and forked head to the central stroke.
Usage: y
'y' is often, though not always dotted. The tail-stroke often begins to curve counter-clockwise almost immediately after the fork.
Usage: many
Usage: pryuylege
wavy descenders, the first turning back clockwise to finish.
Usage: conceyte
the left limb of 'y' is vertical in most examples.
Usage: þis
thorn is used quite frequently but the scribe also uses 'th'.
Usage: wiþ
thorn here is open at the head.
Usage: vpriȝt
yogh is used occasionally.
Usage: [yoghn]it
Upper Case Letters
Usage: The
Usage: But
Usage: Noght
an upper case 'N' very similar to one of Scribe D's graphs.
Usage: Now
an alternative 'N' also very similar to the preferred graph of Scribe D.
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