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Hand C
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Egerton 913
Folios:ff37r-47v (end of this MS).
Sampled Folios:37v, 41v, 45r
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Usage: al
double compartment 'a' with flat top to the upper lobe.
Usage: Than
Usage: And
one of the two versions of upper case 'A' used by this scribe. A larger version of the lower case letter with hairline connector across the head of the upper compartment.
Usage: As
Usage: deie
looped 'd' is used throughout.
Usage: defouled
(final 'd') 'd' with open interior reminiscent of Scribe D.
Usage: And
Usage: qd
'd' as the final letter of this abbreviation is nearly always tagged by every scribe.
Usage: glosed
double compartment 'g' is used almost all the time. But see version 3.
Usage: grugge
Usage: nought
single compartment 'g' is used rarely but is obviously in the scribe's repertoire.
Usage: þoght
Usage: husbonde
'h' is neatly executed.
Usage: axith
'h' is crossed after 't', 'g' and 'c'.
Usage: flesch
Usage: His
distinctive upper case 'H'.
Usage: rood
modern 'r' is used most frequently in all positions,
Usage: auentur
long 'r' is used occasionally. Here in final position it is flourished.
Usage: forest
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o' and round-bodied graphs. The otiose stroke comes off the lower left corner usually at an oblique angle.
Usage: lere
Usage: shape
sigma 's' is used as well as long 's' in initial position.
Usage: his
8-shaped 's' used in final position.
Usage: seide
long 's' is also used in initial as well as medial positions.
Usage: She
Usage: was
the scribe uses a variety of 'w's. In this example the head-loops are closed.
Usage: woful
'w' with sweeping approach stroke and tall middle limb.
Usage: wisse
a carelessly executed version, perhaps.
Usage: With
as with other scribes, the left limb of upper case 'W' is more emphatic and stretched to the left.
Usage: my
the tail of 'y' is often a fine stroke descending at an oblique angle with no final curl.
Usage: fayted
Usage: biweyleth
sometimes the tail of 'y' curls counter-clockwise at the end.
Usage: eu(er)y
Usage: þ(us)
thorn is used frequently for pronouns.
Usage: shapeþ
thorn is also used for verb endings. The stem is short and thick. The lobe is almost as big as the stem.
Usage: aȝen
Usage: þouȝt
Upper Case Letters
Usage: He
the scribe has some elaborate upper case graphs, particularly for 'H'.
Usage: He
another, more elaborate example of 'H'.
Usage: Tho
a really elaborate upper case 'T'.
Usage: He
an 'H' as the first letter of a folio.
More Upper Case Letters
Usage: Of
flat-headed upper case 'O' with half vertical line to decorate.
Usage: That
the scribe has several versions of upper case 'T'.
Usage: To
Usage: Telle
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