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Current Manuscript:USA, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections MS Taylor 5
Sampled Folios:4r, 6v
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Usage: a
double compartment 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: contrary
occasionally 'a' has a horned head-stroke. The horn to the left is actually the shoulder of the previous 'r' graph.
Usage: And
a very unusual triple-lobed upper case 'A' but nevertheless used on several occasions on both folios examined.
Usage: And
the more usual upper case graph.
Usage: dothe
unlooped 'd' with a 'u'-shaped lobe which appears open but which usually has a fine hairline to close.
Usage: betokened
Usage: hadde
'de' ligature.
Usage: Deuysion
upper case 'D' with serrated left side.
Usage: gret
the scribe uses both anglicana double compartment 'g' and also tailed 'g'. There seems to be no system about the choice of graph.
Usage: a grese
horned single compartment tailed 'g'.
Usage: streigth
Usage: God
Usage: he
'h' is mainly of this type with open head-stroke.
Usage: growith
'h' in final position following 't' is frequently, though not always, crossed.
Usage: He hathe his
Usage: How
a more elaborate upper case 'H' with curved foot at the base of the ascender, separate head-stroke and dot within the graph.
Usage: restreyne
modern 'r' is used in every position except after 'o'.
Usage: aftir
almost all 'r's in final position attract this vertical tag. 't's and 's's are similarly tagged.
Usage: clamor
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o'.
Usage: corrupcou(n)
both 'r's used here in accordance with the style.
Usage: sey
long 's' is in fact not usually very long at all, extending just below the level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: ys
8-shaped 's' is used in final position. It is usually tagged as here.
Usage: desese
Usage: So
serpentine upper case 'S'.
Usage: wiche
most 'w's follow this pattern though on some folios, the 'w' in version 3 is more in evidence.
Usage: Þorow
the head of the central limb is open at the top, curving over to the right.
Usage: dwellith
an alternative 'w' used frequently by the scribe.
Usage: With outen
where 'W' begins a line, the left limb frequently extends to a point into the left margin.
Usage: ys
the tail of 'y' is usually short and straight.
Usage: euyr
Usage: hym
very occasionally there is a slight turn on the tail of 'y'.
Usage: Yeueth
'Y' at the beginning of a line with extended tail into the left margin.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þer
thorn is a short stumpy graph with little or no descender below the lobe.
Usage: soþe
thorn is not ubiquitous for 'th'. Both exist throughout the text.
Usage: þinge
Usage: almyȝgthty
the only example of yogh which I could find on the folios examined. The scribe may be muddled as to when to use it as the spelling here is repetitive.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: That
and unusual semi-circular head-stroke for 'T'.
Usage: It
Usage: Pees
Usage: But
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