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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson C.86
Identification:Hand of Canterbury Tales and Siege of Thebes.
Folios:31r-51v, 53r-74v, 77r-89v, 141r-177v
Sampled Folios:156v, 177r
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Usage: blame
secretary 'a' always used as lower case letter.
Usage: and
where 'a' is a stand-alone graph there is frequently an extension of the hairline stroke forming the top of the graph.
Usage: A
Usage: And-An
the scribe has several variations of his upper case 'A' graph.
Usage: syde
looped 'd' is used with point at the left of the lower lobe and a backward sloping loop.
Usage: delectabyl
Usage: lovid
'd' in final position with tag extension on the stroke closing the loop.
Usage: Downe
upper case 'D'.
Usage: gentillest
the usual formation of 'g' with extended tail turning counter-clockwise to form a loop.
Usage: yong
'g' in final position with hook to finish the horizontal slash. It could represent a missing final 'e'.
Usage: thyng(es)
'g' with 'es' abbreviation mark.
Usage: Grysill
upper case 'G' for the running title.
Usage: haboundant
tail-stroke flicks to the right.
Usage: Ther
tail-stroke turns counter-clockwise and retraces the angle and path of the original descending stroke.
Usage: ynough
in 'th', 'gh', 'ght' combinations in final position, 'h' is always crossed.
Usage: hyght
the tails of 'y', 'g' and 'h' are uniform.
Usage: Ther
'z'-shaped 'r' used almost all the time.
Usage: wher
a single occurrence on the two folios sampled of modern 'r' in final position with flourish.
Usage: Rote
Usage: is
kidney-shaped 's' in final position.
Usage: considred
long 's' used initially and in medial position.
Usage: Slus
upper case 'S'.
Usage: weren
the same basic shapes of 'w' are repeated in the upper case versions.
Usage: was
the left arm of 'w' extends way above the remainder of the graph.
Usage: Wher
upper case letter at the beginning of a line. The same as the lower case version in 2.
Usage: syde
the tail of 'y' is long. It turns counter-clockwise and retraces the angle of the descending stroke.
Usage: many
sometimes the tail of 'y' is taken back and up through the body of the letter.
Usage: worthy
Usage: þt
thorn is mainly used where the scribe can abbreviate the word with superscript letters.
Usage: þu
the stem of thorn is a short vertical stroke. It is open at the head.
Usage: þe
Usage: þis
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