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Stephen Dodesham
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 619
Sampled Folios:30r
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Usage: as
anglicana 'a' used most of the time.
Usage: þat
single compartment secretary 'a' used only three times on this folio. Used twice for the word 'þat' and once for 'chapitre'.
Usage: and
looped 'd' is used throughout with little variation in formation.
Usage: adde
Usage: day
letter from one of the titles put in by the scribe in red ink.
Usage: clepid
Usage: taught
double compartment 'g used throughout, also with little variation.
Usage: lenger
note the tiny tag to the right of the lower compartment. The two compartments are diamond-shaped.
Usage: vulgar
the tag can be seen quite clearly in this example.
Usage: night
'gh' combination.
Usage: haue
the scribe's formation of the 'h' graph may be seen by studying these four images. The thickened part in the middle of the stem is where the scribe begins the stem-stroke. The thickened lower part of the stem leads up to the shoulder, then to limb and tail. The head stroke is then applied separately. See version 4.
Usage: the
Usage: arch.
crossed 'h' in final position after 'c'.
Usage: houres
as with version 1 the formation of the graph is very clear in this example.
Usage: crepuscules
modern 'r' used in all positions except after 'o' on this folio.
Usage: lenger
modern 'r' in final position with a short upward stroke to finish.
Usage: worche
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o'.
Usage: as
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position.
Usage: inequales
Usage: crepuscules
sigma 's' is also used as well as kidney-shaped 's' in final position.
Usage: same
long 's' used initially and in medial position.
Usage: (K)nowe
the scribe displays an interesting set of 'w's on this folio, but all variants on the same theme.
Usage: worche
Usage: knowe
this version has the 'B'-shaped element rather than a single lobe at the right.
Usage: wel
Usage: nyght
'y' is consistently formed.
Usage: tyme
Usage: day
Usage: worche
sometimes there is a tag on 'e' in final position.
Usage: the
Usage: þy
the stem of thorn is straight, with a slight turn to the left at the lower end.
Usage: þere
Usage: þat
Usage: chapitre
as with thorn the descender often curves to the left at the lower end.
Usage: clepid
Usage: space
Usage: crepuscules
the ink has mainly worn away but it is still possible to see the remnants of the curving stroke.
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