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Hand B
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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 814
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Usage: a
double compartment 'a' with the two compartments not always defined.
Usage: man
the upper compartment is often larger than the lower compartment. The down-stroke at the right is thick and straight.
Usage: halle
Usage: Austyn
a single form of upper case 'A' on the folio examined and it is formed in exactly the same way as the lower case letter.
Usage: dispute
looped 'd' is used throughout. The graph is very similar to the 'd's of the first scribe.
Usage: god
Usage: Iudas
the lower lobe is sometimes more angular in appearance.
Usage: wordis
Usage: gile
as with the first scribe, the lower compartment of 'g' is smaller than the upper compartment.
Usage: gynneþ
Usage: Imagynatif
in some examples the lower compartment is very small indeed.
Usage: long
there is almost always a a small apron to the right of the lower lobe which ends in an upward flick.
Usage: haue
'h' is very similar to the first scribe's graph but is usually more upright in appearance.
Usage: worschipid
Usage: chaumbre
the limb is thick at the shoulder and tapers to a point just below the graph. There is not always a tail-stroke.
Usage: holicherche
here the two 'h's are set at a slight angle.
Usage: rende
long 'r' is used throughout in all positions.
Usage: answer
in final position, 'r' frequently has a flourish, probably for a missing final 'e'.
Usage: parlour
'z'-shaped 'r' follows vowels.
Usage: Roten
the upper case 'R'.
Usage: suche
sigma 's' is used in initial and final positions.
Usage: clerkis
a tag on the horizontal extension of the head of sigma 's'.
Usage: misbileue
long 's' is used mainly in medial position. There is only one example of long 's' in initial position on the folio examined. Long 's' is actually a short graph, rarely extending much below the line.
Usage: Suche
Usage: was
the 'w' graph varies little. The limbs are upright, the 'B'-shaped element at the right is barely defined.
Usage: wolde
the 'B'-shaped element is barely defined.
Usage: answer
both limbs curl to the right.
Usage: Whi
an upper case graph where the limbs are longer than in the lower case letter.
Usage: echeday
the tail of 'y' always descends at the same forty-five degree angle.
Usage: chemeney
the tail may be straight or end with a small flick counter-clockwise.
Usage: hym
here the tail of 'y' is short and ends on the line.
Usage: motyues
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þei
thorn is used frequently for all the usual words but also as a replacement 'th'.
Usage: wiþ
the lobe for thorn is a separate stroke which does not seem to connect with the stem.
Usage: myȝten
yogh is used as equivalent of 'gh' and also of 'y'.
Usage: ȝoure
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Non
Usage: Iewis
Usage: Of
Usage: Carpen
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