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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 814
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Usage: gnawen
double compartment 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: amongis
the upper compartment may overhang the lower compartment at the left side.
Usage: And
Usage: Ac
upper case 'A's on this folio are all of this angular type.
Usage: dreuelen
'd' is always looped with rounded bowl.
Usage: lord
the upper loop is often triangular in shape.
Usage: bedde
Usage: wolde
'd' with squashed loop to fit beneath the head-loop of 'l'.
Usage: gnawen
'g' is always double compartment. The lower compartment varies in shape and size.
Usage: among
the lower compartment is generally smaller than the upper compartment.
Usage: beggere
Usage: God
the upper case graph.
Usage: he
'h' is evenly formed but sometimes has a more tilted appearance.
Usage: wrecchis
the stem leans forward slightly.
Usage: whan(n)e
'h' leans away from the preceding 'w'.
Usage: hem
Usage: religio(u)n
except for 'z'-shaped 'r' only long 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: ner
the shoulder of 'r' in final position turns down with a short, thick pen-stroke.
Usage: ffreris
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after most vowels and also after round-bodied graphs.
Usage: her(e)
'r' in final position with flourish for missing 'e'.
Usage: so seiþ
sigma 's' is the only graph to be used in initial and final positions.
Usage: deys
Usage: lasse
long 's' is reserved for medial positions only on this folio.
Usage: Si
Usage: were
'w's are almost always the same.
Usage: tweyne
this version and version 3 show the size of 'w' compared with surrounding graphs.
Usage: knowe
Usage: Who
at the beginning of a line. The left limb splays a little, but there is substantially no difference between upper and lower case graphs.
Usage: deys
'y' is always dotted and is squat with a short tail.
Usage: nymen
the left limb is vertical with the right arm curving round to join the left, making a somewhat squarish shape rather than a true fork.
Usage: gloyenye
Usage: mercy
sometimes the right arm does not connect with the vertical stroke.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: loueþ
thorn is ubiquitous, used for all the usual words and on almost every occasion where 'th' occurs.
Usage: welþis
like 'y' the stem is vertical with little extension below the point where it is joined by the lobe.
Usage: noȝt
yogh is used as equivalent of both 'gh' and 'y'.
Usage: ȝate
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Boþe
Usage: Is
Usage: Ne
Usage: To
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