the scribe always uses double compartment 'a' on these folios.
most of the scribe's upper case 'A's are formed in this way.
a slightly different version to begin the folio.
the lower lobe of 'a' is frequently larger than the upper compartment.
the first 'd' in this word. The lobe of 'd' is sometimes angular.
when copying quickly, as he appears to be doing on this folio, the letters are much less angular.
'g' as the last letter of the line, seen here with curved tag.
occasionally the lower lobe of 'g' is not resolved.
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the descender of 'h' almost always makes a complete circle back to the body of the letter.
the exception to the comment on version 1 is where 'h' is crossed in combinations such as 'th', 'ch', 'gh' and 'ght'. Then the shoulder stroke finishes below the stem or flicks to the right.
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line.
upper case 'H' in the explicit to Mandeville.
the fork of long 'r' frequently falls well below the level of the bottom of surrounding letters. Only long 'r' and 'z'-shaped 'r' used on these folios.
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o' with curved otiose stroke from the lower left side of the graph.
image taken from the gutter but shows the wide sweep of the approach stroke.
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sigma 's' always used in final position.
long 's' used initially and medially Sometimes the graph has a horn at the top as in this example. .
two different presentations of the head stroke of the graph, one with horn and the other which is much more rounded.
the scribe's 'w' has a very distinctive shape in this manuscript, usually with an angled foot at the base of the left limb.
the tail of 'y' varies enormously in length.
|Thorn and Yogh|
thorn used for 'th' mainly for pronouns and demonstrative adjectives but also occasionally as in version 2, for 'th' at the end of a 3rd person singular verb.
as with the 'h' graph, the descending stroke from yogh loops round and may continue through to the next graph. This is contrary to the presentation of yogh in the Lambeth manuscript copied by the HM114 scribe.
a typical upper case 'I' by the scribe of HM114, identifiable by the looped approach stroke which dips to join the main stem about two thirds of the way up from the bottom. The stem may be fairly short as in this example.
sometimes the scribe continues the descending stroke and curls it round back to the main stem. The letter looks rather like a 'B' backwards.
upper case 'I' in the running title on this folio.
lower case 'p' is also a distinctive graph with this scribe. Generally a hooked approach stroke to the descender with an extension of the lower part of the lobe to the left of the stem.
although an awkwardly angled image, this is included to show the slash across upper case 'P' which is found frequently in samples of HM114's hand.
'l', 'b', 'h', 'k', usually all have a distinctive and fairly evenly formed loop from the head of the graph. Sometimes, as here, the shaft is smooth.
the same loop from the head of the stem but this time with angled foot at the left of the lower lobe.
the angular form of version 1 with a more triangular loop and an angled foot on the stem.
smoothly rounded lobe and loop.