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Hand B
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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 3
Sampled Folios:139r
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Usage: aprise
single compartment 'a' is used throughout. For exceptions see versions 3 and 4.
Usage: principal
Usage: Aristotle
for all names such as 'Alisandre' and 'Aristotle', this double compartment upper case 'A' is used.
Usage: And
for all 'A's at the beginning of lines, this version of upper case 'A' is used. There are no exceptions.
Usage: determined
'd's are all looped with angular lobe.
Usage: god
Usage: þridde
Usage: Declareþ
this 'D' appears at the beginning of a line where every other first letter is upper case. It would appear that the scribe does not have a different graph for the upper case letter.
Usage: grounded
double compartment 'g' is used throughout. The upper compartment is slightly bigger than the lower one.
Usage: þing
the upper compartment has a more vertical aspect and the lower is more horizontal.
Usage: iuggement
Usage: Geni(us)
upper case 'G' at the top of the folio.
Usage: hiere
'h' is neatly and consistently formed.
Usage: Which
the head-stroke is often a separate thick stroke with hair-line to link back to the top of the shoulder.
Usage: noght
the tail of 'h' is fine and curves gently clockwise.
Usage: Hov
'H' in upper case position at the beginning of a line. It is the same as the lower case graph.
Usage: registre
modern 'r' is used throughout in all positions except after 'o', although on occasions it is also used after 'o' instead of the 'z'-shaped 'r'.
Usage: ffor
modern 'r' used in final position.
Usage: fforþi
'z'-shaped 'r' used afterb 'o'.
Usage: PRima
upper case 'R' as the second letter following a pen-flourished initial.
Usage: seist
long 's' used in initial and medial positions
Usage: as
'8'-shaped 's' is used in final position. But see version 3.
Usage: natheles
kidney-shaped 's' is also used in final position.
Usage: So
Usage: wise
both head-loops are usually closed and there is a 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: knowe
'w' within a word with open head-stroke at the top of the right limb.
Usage: wel
although 'w' often has an angular foot to the left limb, this version is sharper than usual.
Usage: Wherof
upper case 'W' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: almyhti
there are very few 'y's on this folio. The scribe tends to use 'ie' at the ends of words instead of 'y'.
Usage: begin(n)ynge
most 'y's tend to be dotted.
Usage: wrytinge
although mostly the tail turns counter-clockwise to finish, on a few occasions, the tail is a straight line.
Usage: schryue
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þinges
thorn is used frequently not only for the definite article and pronouns, but also as a replacement 'th' at times.
Usage: þewes
Usage: ȝit
yogh is used a couple of times on the folio. It is used as equivalent of 'y' and also as representative of the 'z' sound of the plural.
Usage: pointȝ
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Though
Usage: Is
Usage: Next
Usage: Plura
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