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Hand A
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Wadham College MS 13
Folios:1-169, 273-288v
Sampled Folios:1r, 77v
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Usage: alle
single compartment 'a' is used most of the time.
Usage: mayde
the occasional use of anglicana 'a' either as a separate indefinite article or within a word, as here.
Usage: agayne
Usage: And
Usage: dwell
a very pointed lower lobe on this looped 'd'.
Usage: answered
in final position 'd' frequently has a long trailing tag.
Usage: goddes
Usage: Do
the first word of a line so probably the scribe's upper case graph.
Usage: god
squarish upper compartment for double compartment 'g'.
Usage: gode
long oval lower compartment.
Usage: among
a curl on final 'g' which could be representative of a missing 'e'.
Usage: ryght
Usage: hyght
'h' is short and squat.
Usage: fayth
the limb is extremely thick.
Usage: broght
the cross of 't' turns backwards to provide what might be taken as a crossed 'h'. This is a common practice of the scribe and not an isolated example.
Usage: fayth
a rather grotesque limb-stroke for 'h'.
Usage: resceyven
both long 'r' and 'z'-shaped 'r' are used in initial position.
Usage: thayr
long 'r' in final position with flourish for missing 'e'.
Usage: mater
'z'-shaped 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: Rome
many of the scribe's strokes are extremely thick.
Usage: sayth
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: worldes
sigma 's' is used in both initial and final positions.
Usage: so
Usage: Spake
Usage: wyde
the scribe uses both anglicana looped 'w' as well as this cursive version.
Usage: worshyppe
Usage: shewen
Usage: Which
at the beginning of a line so probably the upper case version which differs from the lower case in having no approach stroke.
Usage: hyght
'y' and thorn are exactly the same graph. Here there is a slight bend on the tail of 'y'.
Usage: sayth
the majority of the scribe's 'y's look like this example.
Usage: þay
an example of 'y' with tail turning counter-clockwise perhaps to distinguish it from the initial thorn.
Usage: to gedyr
Usage: þay
as said above, it would be difficult to find any difference between 'y' and thorn.
Usage: þat
Usage: þayre
in this example, it is the thorn which has a slight turn on the tail whereas the 'y' has a straight tail-stroke.
Usage: þt
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
Usage: But
Usage: No
Usage: Off
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