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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Stowe 950
Identification:Could be two scribes though the change is gradual and may be one scribe copying at different times.
Sampled Folios:17v, 102r
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Usage: schape
we are uncertain as to whether there is a single scribe in this manuscript, or two. The change occurs around f49 and the second hand is very similar in most ways so maybe, perhaps, just copied at a different time and definitely with a different nib. This 'a' graph is from f17v of the manuscript.
Usage: fader
an 'a' with flattened head-stroke from the later part of the manuscript.
Usage: And
an upper case 'A' from f17v.
Usage: And
upper case 'A' as seen on f102r.
Usage: despuiled
the 'd's on both folios are not dissimilar in formation.
Usage: vsed
from f102r, 'd' in final position at the end of a line and tagged.
Usage: dicit(ur)
an unlooped 'd' from the rubric on f102r.
Usage: Do
the only upper case 'D' on the sampled folios occurs on f17v.
Usage: god
the 'g' graph does differ. This example from f17v has a hairline connector from the end of the tail back to the body of the graph which sits on the line.
Usage: largesse
this example from f102r has a much larger lower lobe and is a different shape. The tail stroke often goes below the line.
Usage: Gresse
as will be seen in these two examples of upper case 'G', the scribe does vary his graphs on the same folio.
Usage: God
Usage: haste
'h' on f17v has a more pointed head-stroke and the limb and tail-stroke curves round and is contained beneath the body of the graph.
Usage: hast
on f102r, the limb is straight on every occasion.
Usage: mightes
from the early folio with tail-stroke turning counter-clockwise.
Usage: His
upper case 'H' from f17v.
Usage: regnen
modern 'r' is used throughout on both folios and for all positions.
Usage: acorde
'z'-shaped 'r' does appear different on each folio. On f17v, the example seen here, 'r' has a horizontal stroke at the base. It is only used after 'o'.
Usage: priue
on f102r, 'z'-shaped 'r' is slightly different with the lower stroke set at an angle. It is used after 'o' but also after some round-bodied graphs.
Usage: euer
an 'r' in final position with a rarely used tag to finish.
Usage: so
long 's' used initially and medially on both folios.
Usage: wawes
a final kidney-shaped 's' from f17v.
Usage: places
a sharper example of final 's' from f102r. The shape is basically the same and perhaps the difference may be explained by a different nib.
Usage: So
Usage: wote
this is the only form of 'w' which is used on f17v.
Usage: wel
on f102r, this looped 'w' is used alongside the version to be seen in 3.
Usage: wedded
also used on f102r. This 'w' is not quite the same as the version on f17v which ends in a 'B'-shaped element rather than as here a single loop.
Usage: Which
upper case 'W' from f17v.
Usage: yif
almost all 'y's on f17v have a tail which turns counter-clockwise.
Usage: hym
almost all 'y's on f102r have a tail-stroke which is straight.
Usage: seye
occasionally 'y' is dotted .
Usage: wyues
the single 'y' on f102r with curled tail.
Thorn and yogh
Usage: þe
thorn is not used at all on f17v. However, there are only two examples on f102r so the scribe does not use thorn a great deal.
Usage: soþ
Usage: ȝaf
yogh is not used on f17v. It is used several times on f102r equivalent to 'y' and also the gutteral.
Usage: aȝein
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Thus
upper case 'T' from f17v.
Usage: Thou
upper case 'T' from f102r.
Usage: Be
upper case 'B' from f17v.
Usage: Be
an almost identical upper case 'B' from f102r.
Usage: ffro man
catchword on f17v with distinctive looped bracket end and dotting.
Usage: ffor
first word of f102r.
Usage: be knowe
the top line of f102r with decorated ascenders.
Usage: lothe
a second type of decoration of an ascender on the top line of f102r.
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