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Hand A
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 3
Folios:f2 (lines 1- 146 of prologue) and also at the end of book: 186-194 (end of Confessio) in SINGLE columns, including texts against Lollardie.
Sampled Folios:186r
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Usage: and
double compartment anglicana 'a' used throughout.
Usage: noman
a squared off lower compartment in this example.
Usage: And
one version of upper case 'A' on this folio. The upper compartment is almost triangular.
Usage: And
upper case 'A' with curving open stroke at the head.
Usage: dedly
the scribe's 'd' is always looped. The lobe is triangular in shape with the loop-stroke curving up and round to a point over the lobe. The loop-stroke then continues but resolves on the angle of the lobe rather than forming a complete loop.
Usage: confermed
Usage: laude
the only 'd' on the folio with a completed loop. Here the stroke continues to join to the following 'e'.
Usage: Derbeie
upper case 'D' for the name of a county.
Usage: god
'g' is always double compartment.
Usage: vigeat
the upper compartment has a vertical aspect with straightish sides.
Usage: makynge
the lower compartment is triangular in appearance and is pointed at the left extremity.
Usage: oghne
Usage: his
the stem of 'h' may be straight as in this example, or it may have a foot as in version 2.
Usage: hele
the limb is thick at the shoulder and tapers as far as the lower level of the stem. The tail continues to curve round clockwise in a wide arc to finish beyond the stem.
Usage: nought
when in a 'ght' combination, the tail of 'h' turns counter-clockwise.
Usage: How
a rather indistinct upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: remenant
modern 'r' in initial position. Modern 'r' is used most of the time.
Usage: liber
'r' in final position in the Latin text at the bottom of the folio.
Usage: or
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o' on this folio.
Usage: charite
long 'r' is used occasionally within a word.
Usage: som
lone 's' used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: his
'8'-shaped 's' used in final position.
Usage: resteþ
long 's' in the middle of a word.
Usage: Such
upper case 'S' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: weie
'w' is quite a big graph. The head may have closed loops or they may be curved to the right but left open.
Usage: how
'w' in final position.
Usage: Forþwiþ
Usage: Which
Usage: any
an undotted 'y'. Mainly the 'y's are dotted.
Usage: pleinly
'y' in final position and dotted.
Usage: makynge
Usage: dedly
generally the tail of 'y' is neatly contained beneath the graph. Here the tail has been extended somewhat curving back clockwise under the previous graph before turning counter-clockwise to finish.
Usage: þilke
thorn is used frequently. It doe not replace 'Th' at the beginnings of lines, but everywhere else on the folio it does.
Usage: þat
Usage: resteþ
Usage: fforþwiþ
Upper Case Letters
Usage: That
Usage: I
Usage: Bot
Usage: Oure
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