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Hand C
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Additional 22139
Sampled Folios:126v, 131v
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Usage: nam
this is an 'a' in the scribe's display script at the top of f126v. It is obviously his usual form of 'a'.
Usage: as
almost all the single compartment 'a's on this folio have had an upper compartment added to them. On f131v, the scribe has mainly formed a double compartment graph. It is possible therefore that he began his stint using a single compartment 'a' but was informed part of the way through copying that he should conform with the double compartment graphs used by the first two scribes.
Usage: and
Usage: Antiochus
even some of the upper case 'A's have had tops added to them.
Usage: desire
'd' is always a looped graph.
Usage: lord
in final position 'd' occasionally has a downward extension from the looped stroke.
Usage: hadde
Usage: Ded
an interesting form of upper case 'D'.
Usage: grete
secretary 'g' is used almost all the time. The tail-stroke may be very short as in this example.
Usage: sailinge
a very occasional anglicana 'g' may be found.
Usage: lightnyng
'g' in final position sometimes has a vertical tag attached to the horizontal hairline stroke.
Usage: myght
Usage: hit
as with the first scribe 'h' may have a triangular loop at the head or, as in version 2, the arched head-stroke is open.
Usage: hem
Usage: hereth
'h' is sometimes crossed after 't'.
Usage: How
the upper case graph extends the open head-stroke of version 2.
Usage: right
this scribe uses modern 'r' exclusively in all positions. He does not even use 'z'-shaped 'r' after 'o'.
Usage: othir
Usage: merthe
Usage: mordrer
Usage: seiden
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: this
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: his
a rather peculiar sigma 's' may also be found occasionally in final position.
Usage: Sleyn
Usage: wolde
most of the scribe's 'w's are of this formation with looped heads and very similar to the 'w's of the other two scribes.
Usage: how
Usage: wife
lower down on the folio, the scribe occasionally uses this more cursive 'w'. They occur in clusters, almost as if he has forgotten his style sheet momentarily.
Usage: With
Usage: you
the shape of 'y' varies little.
Usage: Ioy
the tail of 'y' is short and thick, turns swiftly counter-clockwise and tapers off.
Usage: euyry
Usage: pleyn
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þinge
both thorn and yogh are used rarely.
Usage: oþir
the stem of thorn is thick with no taper.
Usage: for ȝete
Usage: ȝe
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
Usage: But
Usage: Is
an interesting upper case 'I' with 'V'-shaped head.
Usage: Of
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