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Hand C
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Additional 27944
Folios:152ra-196rb (line 6)
Sampled Folios:152r, 196r(column 'a' and 'b' up to line 9)
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Usage: watir
the scribe uses both double and single compartment 'a'.
Usage: and
Usage: Also
one of the more conventional forms of the upper case letter.
Usage: Also
Usage: and
the loop of 'd' is slightly in advance of the lobe of the graph giving a forward impetus.
Usage: and
'd' with open centre again reminiscent of Scribe D.
Usage: Isid
Usage: de
from the incipit at the head of the folio in rubric. Although very similar in style to the rubrics put in by Scribe D, I believe this to be by Hand C.
Usage: thinges
the scribe copies the text quite a way above the line. This means that the whole of the 'g' graph is almost always well above the line also.
Usage: fedyng
where 'g' is in final position it nearly always has an added tag.
Usage: noght
Usage: egge
'g's which are almost 8-shaped.
Usage: bright
very even formation of this graph.
Usage: heuen
sometimes 'h' has an angular protuberance on the left of the foot of the vertical.
Usage: taketh
on very rare occasions the tail-stroke flicks back on itself. This word is the last word of the line with 'h' the final graph.
Usage: watir
modern 'r' used in all positions.
Usage: vapores
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o'.
Usage: poudr(e)
'e' added as flourish because the word occurs at the end of the line, and like the other scribes, Hand C is conscious to preserve the integrity of the margins.
Usage: Ric(ard)us)
Usage: effectes
8-shaped 's' always used in final position.
Usage: subtil
sigma 's' frequently used in initial position as well as long 's'.
Usage: vessel
long 's' is used in inital and medial positions. The formation is very similar to the long 's' used by Scribe D. The stem is short and finishes above the line, only just below the bottom level of the other graphs.
Usage: now
'w' nearly always has closed head-loops.
Usage: owne
Usage: Watir
this is perhaps the scribe's upper case graph since it is a little more elaborate, begins a new phrase preceded by a paraph, and is tipped with yellow wash.
Usage: new-eth
the word is carried over two lines and the mark to the right of the graph is the scribe's hyphen. 'w' is the last graph of the line and rather narrower as a consequence as the scribe justifies his margins.
Usage: moysture
the scribe rarely omits to dot the 'y'.
Usage: myȝt
occasionally the scribe uses a curved stroke above 'y' instead of a dot. This is exactly the same practice as Scribe D who usually uses the curved stroke above 'i' but occasionally uses it above 'y' instead.
Usage: y smered
sometimes 'y' has no curve back at the end of the tail. Here the end of the tail of the graph sits on the line
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: beeþ
thorn is always used for the 3rd person singular ending of present tense verbs.
Usage: neþir
thorn is used elsewhere in demonstrative adjectives and adverbs but is not ubiquitous for 'th'.
Usage: nouȝt
a yogh which is very similar in formation to that of Scribe D.
Usage: ȝaueth
Upper Case Letters
Usage: And
Usage: Other
Usage: Thise
Usage: In
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