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Hand D
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS Mm.2.21
Folios:ff153-160v (quire 20), 177-183v (quire 23)
Sampled Folios:179r
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Usage: man
the scribe uses square 'a' with straight sides and hairline connectors,
Usage: spak
a single example of double compartment 'a' on this folio.
Usage: amidde
Usage: And
upper case 'A' with angular lower lobe connected with a hairline stroke back to the stem.
Usage: debonaire
looped 'd' is neatly and consistently formed.
Usage: goddesse
Usage: wed(er)
final 'd' with 'er' abbreviation attached.
Usage: somdel
a more oval version of 'd'.
Usage: gou(er)nance
several versions of both tailed and anglicana 'g' are used. Here the tail leaves the underside of the angular lobe, forms a short curved stroke. There is then a space before a second curved stroke finishes the graph as if a continuous clockwise tail-stroke.
Usage: god
tailed 'g' with short tail.
Usage: nogame
a more horned version of 2.
Usage: noght
anglicana 'g' used in this combination.
Usage: he
looped head, slightly angled limb and short fine tail-stroke.
Usage: eschange
Usage: soght
Usage: How
upper case 'H', much like version 1 but with extended tail in a clockwise direction.
Usage: rede
modern 'r' is used throughout.
Usage: desport
after 'o' the graph at first seems to be a 'z'-shaped version of 'r', but it is in fact two diamond shapes one above the other followed by a third stroke for the shoulder.
Usage: werres
Usage: Reson
the upper case graph.
Usage: so
square shape for this sigma 's' used in initial position.
Usage: stonde
long 's' is also used in initial position.
Usage: loues
sigma 's' is also used in inal position.
Usage: So
the upper case version of the graph.
Usage: wys
'w' varies. Here the heads are not closed and there is a foot for each limb.
Usage: wher
no actual feet on the limbs in this version although it is possible to see tiny spurs. The head-loops are closed.
Usage: woful
a more angular version of 'w' with approach stroke to the left limb and as usual, the 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: wil
Usage: wys
the left arm of 'y' is straight. The fork is just below the lower level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: yhe
the tail-strokes vary in length and curvature.
Usage: Pleynly þurgh
Usage: sey þ(er)
an obvious comparison may be made here between 'y' and thorn.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þurgh
as previously noted, it is difficult to distinguish between 'y' and thorn.
Usage: boþe
Usage: Aȝein
on the folio examined, yogh only appears to be used as equivalent to 'y'.
Usage: ȝit
Upper Case Letters
Usage: So
scoop-topped upper case 'S'.
Usage: To
Usage: Is
Usage: Pleynly
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