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Hand B
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Current Manuscript:USA, New York, NY, Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum MS M 690
Sampled Folios:153v
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Usage: as
lower case 'a's are all of the same type with angled stroke at the head leading to the down-stroke.
Usage: can
there are rarely two separate compartments and the left side of the graph looks more like a reversed 3.
Usage: And
Usage: As
all the scribe's upper case 'A's on this folio are based on this angular basic shape. At the beginning of a line they are washed with yellow.
Usage: danȝ
'd's are unlooped with curved down-stroke, often curled at the top, to close off the oval lobe.
Usage: groundidd
the scribe doubles final 'd' several times on this folio.
Usage: godd
Usage: Declariþ
upper case 'D' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: gladde
'g' is tailed with the upper compartment shaped very much like the scribe's 'a'.
Usage: clergie
the tail is a curved stroke which often connects with the lower left point of the upper compartment forming a sort of triangle.
Usage: intelligences
Usage: kynge
Usage: herke
'h' is evenly formed with looped head-stroke and neatly contained tail.
Usage: distrawhte
a rather peculiar spelling of a word on the top line. A more elaborate rendition of 'h' by virtue of its position.
Usage: hihe
Usage: How
upper case 'h' which is no different from the lower case version.
Usage: rewle
'z'-shaped 'r' is used throughout in all positions.
Usage: rewle
modern 'r' is also used throughout in all positions. The scribe does not seem to have a preference.
Usage: for
a single long 'r' on this folio.
Usage: Rethoriqȝ
Usage: schriue
the scribe tends to use long 's' in initial and medial positions, but as with his selection of the 'r' graphs, he does not have a set pattern.
Usage: as
again, final 's' is usually either '6' or '8'-shaped but again not a hard and fast rule.
Usage: so as
the example that proves the point.
Usage: whos
Usage: wysdom
'w' is a more evenly formed graph. The loops at the head of the graph stand well above surrounding graphs whatever position 'w' happens to be in the word.
Usage: þuw
the 'B'-shaped element to the right is more like an unformed 3 which is slightly tilted.
Usage: rewle
the arms of 'w' are as tall as the following 'l'.
Usage: Whiche
Usage: wyche
'y' is almost always dotted.
Usage: my
the left arm of 'y' descends vertically. The right arm begins its descent parallel to the left then turns at an angle to join with the left arm to form the fork.
Usage: fyrst
Usage: phisyke
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þinges
thorn is used frequently for all the usual words but also sometimes to replace 'th'.
Usage: oþ(er)
Usage: nouȝt
yogh is used frequently as representative of both 'gh' and 'y' elements. It is also used for the plural 'tz' sound on occasions.
Usage: ȝit
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
Usage: I
Usage: Now
Usage: Practiqȝ
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