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Hand C
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Tanner 346
Sampled Folios:80r
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Usage: ladi
all lower case 'a's are double compartment. The stem is thick and straight.
Usage: And
the scribe has several forms of upper case 'A'.
Usage: And
the scribe uses this form of 'A' several times on this folio.
Usage: An
a single occurrence of this version of 'A'.
Usage: ladi
there is no variance in the scribe's looped 'd' which is used throughout.
Usage: goddes
Usage: De
upper case 'D' for the motto copied in rubric, 'De mieulx en mieulx'.
Usage: goodlihed
the scribe uses tailed 'g' which varies little.
Usage: resigne
Usage: Kneling
this may or may not be a hairline tag after 'g' as the final letter of the word. There is no other example of final 'g' on this folio but the scribe does include fine strokes as virgules and over 'i's.
Usage: goodlihed
the stem is straight, the head is looped and the limb is a thick stroke which descends in a slight curve or is a straight line set at an angle, as in version 3.
Usage: spech
the combinations 'ch' and 'th' cause 'h' to be crossed.
Usage: hir
the limb of 'h' is sometimes set at an angle giving a lop-sided appearance to the script.
Usage: curtesie
modern 'r' is used in all positions throughout this folio. There is little variation in the shape of the graph.
Usage: Tofore
'z'-shaped 'r' with otiose stroke is always used after 'o' and no other letter.
Usage: hu(m)billes
the scribe always uses this version of 's' in final position. It is a straight-backed kidney-shaped graph.
Usage: sue
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions. In this example the vertical is a straight, thick stroke. Occasionally it may be at a slight angle.
Usage: So
at the beginning of a line.
Usage: obeissau(n)ce
the scribe takes the opportunity to extend the fine headstroke of 's' horizontally to form the macron over 'u' for missing 'n'.
Usage: was
the scribe's formation of this graph is, like the rest of his letter forms, consistent. However, there is one occasion on the folio when the shape of the graph varies (see version 3). Upper and lower case examples are exactly the same.
Usage: wt
the scribe frequently employs the abbreviations for 'with' and 'that'.
Usage: shewe
the one variant form with double rather than single lobe on the right.
Usage: benygne
all 'y's on this folio are dotted although at times the dot is difficult to see. All 'y's on this folio have a straight tail-stroke set at an angle, with no return.....except the example in version 2.
Usage: faythfulnes
the only 'y' graph to have a curved tail-stroke.
Usage: Enclynyst
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þt
thorn used for definite article and demonstrative adjectives.
Usage: doþ
thorn is also used occasionally for third person singular endings of verbs.
Usage: myȝt
yogh is used on this folio as equivalent to 'gh'.
Usage: tauȝt
Usage: Ampersand with curved stroke above.
Usage: Ampersand again with curved stroke.
Usage: Ampersand without curved stroke above. The scribe uses both versions at random.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Of
there are four examples of upper case 'O' in the first seven lines. Each one has a different decoration in the interior of the letter.
Usage: The
upper case 'T' is again represented several times on the folio. All 'T's except one have double parallel lines as decoration.
Usage: Enclynyst
Usage: Of
a variation on 'O'.
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