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Hand B
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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Additional 22139
Identification:May be the same as Hand A
Sampled Folios:115r
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Usage: answerd
like the first scribe, Hand B also uses mainly anglicana double compartment 'a'.
Usage: fals
an occasional single compartment graph for 'a' may be found in the body of the text.
Usage: Nota ad
both versions of 'a' may also be found in the display script of the scribe.
Usage: A
upper case 'A' is very similar in formation to that of the first scribe. However, Hand B does not provide the wavy cross-stroke at the head.
Usage: discordeth
mainly the scribe uses looped 'd'. However, see version 3.
Usage: serued
Usage: made
this word occurs just after the scribe had been copying a Latin gloss in which he uses both looped and unlooped 'd'.
Usage: Diuers
the upper case graph.
Usage: good
double compartment 'g' with lower compartment straddling the line.
Usage: kynge
the lower lobe often has an overhang or skirt to the right.
Usage: rightwesnesse
sometimes the lower compartment is not completely closed.
Usage: high
Usage: he
'h' always has a looped head-stroke which varies in shape. The limb is gently curved.
Usage: which
'h' is often set at a slight slant.
Usage: Rightewesnesse
Usage: charge
Usage: reddour
like the first scribe, modern 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: bettir
like the first scribe 'r' in final position always seems to have a flourish (as opposed to the first scribe's tag).
Usage: largesse
again like the first scribe's practice, long 'r' only seems to be used occasionally and in medial positions.
Usage: Rightewesnesse
Usage: seide
long 's' is used initially and medially.
Usage: vertious
8-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: as
a kidney-shaped 's' is also used in final position.
Usage: see
sigma 's' is also used in initial position, resembling the practice of the first scribe.
Usage: where
rounded 'w' is looped at the head and very similar to the 'w' graph of Hand A.
Usage: how
Usage: owne
there is a single lobe to the right of the graph.
Usage: Whan
the upper case graph is no different from the upper case one.
Usage: kynge
'y' is frequently dotted.
Usage: may
the tail of 'y' may end in a slight turn counter-clockwise as here or it may extend further as in the other examples.
Usage: weye
Usage: by
Usage: þus
thorn is mainly used for pronouns, adjectives and present tense verb endings.
Usage: haþ
Usage: oþire
thorn is not usually used as a replacement for 'th' but the word 'oþir' is often an exception.
Usage: liþ
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
Usage: Bi
Usage: It
Hand A also writes his upper case 'I' in this way with two horizontal tags to the left of the stem.
Usage: Counsul
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