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Hand A
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Tanner 346
Folios:1-33, 120-131
Sampled Folios:9v
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Usage: that
the scribe uses mainly a double compartment 'a' but the single compartment 'a' is also in use on this folio.
Usage: maistre
Usage: Antonius
upper case 'A' with contained upper lobe.
Usage: Al
upper case 'A' with upper lobe extended and leaning towards the left.
Usage: dide
'd' as initial letter. An oval lower lobe with point at the left side. The lower lobe is larger in this example than the upper loop.
Usage: legende
as with the 'A' graph where upper and lower lobes vary in size, so with 'd'. Here the upper loop is greater and arches back over the previous graph.
Usage: deth
'd' with square lower lobe.
Usage: longe
double compartment 'g' with angular lower lobe.
Usage: legende
rounded lower lobe in this example.
Usage: gou(er)ny(n)g
final 'g' with curved tag attached to the horizontal slash.
Usage: here
Usage: Suffiseth
'h' is crossed in all 'ch' and 'th' combinations.
Usage: broght
strangely, the 'ght' combination does not seem to require the crossed 'h'.
Usage: He
upper case 'H' as the first letter of the line. The tail stroke is continued in a looping extension beneath the graph and out into the margin.
Usage: ryme
modern 'r' used in all positions.
Usage: reden
'z'-shaped 'r' used in initial position. Mainly only used after 'o'.
Usage: Cesar
final 'r' with flourish.
Usage: Rebel
upper case 'R' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: loueris
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position. Sigma 's' is also used in final position.
Usage: Martiris
sigma 's' used in the rubric in final position, but it also occurs within the text.
Usage: swich
long 's' in initial position. Also used medially.
Usage: Suffiseth
an individual upper case 'S' used at the beginning of a line.
Usage: wel
the most commonly used graph for 'w'. However there are several variations as seen in the versions below.
Usage: swich
Usage: werreiour
'w' with looped head and single lobe to the right.
Usage: Wol
the first word of the folio so perhaps the scribe made an extra effort. This upper case graph has the 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: tyme
'y' sometimes has a small curved stroke above.
Usage: many
the tail of 'y' has very little curve or no curve at all as here.
Usage: Sey
Usage: peyne
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