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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Sloane 314
Sampled Folios:83r
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Usage: haue
secretary single compartment 'a' is used most of the time but a double compartment 'a' is also used.
Usage: assendent
Usage: 'necessaray
an example of the use of both types of 'a' in the same word.
Usage: sundry
looped 'd' is the one used most frequently but version 2 also used sporadically.
Usage: degrees
unlooped 'd' as the initial letter of the word but found also in final position.
Usage: forseid
'd'with tag in final position in a word found at the end of a line.
Usage: þingis
double compartment 'g' with oval lower lobe.
Usage: angle
tailed 'g' is also used.
Usage: sygne
the completion of the lower lobe of 'g' is sometimes barely visible or not present at all. The space thus created makes a rather peculiar letter form.
Usage: longitude
the combination 'ng'.
Usage: that
'h' with rounded head-loop.
Usage: seyth
'h' with triangular head-loop. It is not unusual to find the limb turning to the right to finish.
Usage: that
'th' combination again with curving limb turning counter-clockwise.
Usage: fortunate
modern 'r' with angled stem and detached shoulder.
Usage: ffortheriuor
the second 'r' in this word following 'e'.
Usage: verrey
both 'z'-shaped 'r' and modern 'r' used in this double 'r' combination.
Usage: wer
'r' with exaggerated flourish in final position at the end of a line.
Usage: þingis
6-shaped 's' used almost exclusively in final position.
Usage: almycantras
Usage: sundry
long 's' used in initial position. The hairline stroke descending back to the stem from the headstroke frequently joins to form a closed angular head at the top of the 's'.
Usage: resseiued
'ss' combination. The first 's' usually has a sharper angle on the headstroke whereas the headstroke of the second 's' curves round back to the stem.
Usage: with
the scribe uses a variety of forms for 'w'. Here the loop in the middle stands above the level of first and last elements.
Usage: knowe
closed head-loops of even height in this example.
Usage: wich
Usage: wyth
curved lead-in stroke, angled second limb and separate final stroke make this a rather peculiar-looking 'w'.
Usage: seyn
the tail of 'y' appears in several versions. It may have a gentle curve counter-clockwise as here.
Usage: fre(n)ly
the more usual 'y' with little or no return on the tail stroke.
Usage: spr-teys
and in this example the tail of 'y' is a short straight line descending at an angle from the graph..
Usage: almycantras
tail stroke of 'y' at 45 degree angle. Used in this way in headings and on the bottom line of text where there is more space.
Usage: thorn]e
use of thorn for definite article and for demonstratives.
Usage: thorn]at
the lobe of thorn is frequently detached from the stem.
Usage: thorn]e
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