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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Arch. Selden B.14
Sampled Folios:276v
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Usage: alle
double compartment 'a' used throughout. Occasionally the scribe creates a small overhang to the right of the top stroke. Apart from that there is little variation in the formation of the letter.
Usage: And
upper case 'A'. Again the shape of upper case 'A' hardly varies on this folio.
Usage: goode
almost no variation on this letter.
Usage: David
upper case 'D'. The three examples on this folio vary little.
Usage: qd
'd' with tail.
Usage: sadd
Usage: god
anglicana 'g' always used where 'g' is the initial letter of the word. It occurs medially once only, in the combination 'gh'.
Usage: nought
secretary 'g' used in almost all cases where the 'g' is within the word or is the final letter, as in the word 'thing'.
Usage: oughte
Usage: hope
the shape of 'h' is almost invariable.
Usage: hateth
the 'th' combination with crossed 'h'. The aspect of this scribe's hand is that the script appears slightly angled and this is seen here especially in the 't'.
Usage: vnderstonde
modern 'r' used throughout in all positions.
Usage: lord
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o' and also after 'p'.
Usage: verry
the scribe's letters are evenly spaced throughout and the hand is very controlled and even.
Usage: was
sigma 's' is used in initial and final positions. Again there is very little variation in the letter form.
Usage: confession
long 's' always used in medial positions. Double 's' formed as here with shorter first stroke.
Usage: s(er)uice
'er' abbreviation attached to initial 's'.
Usage: were
Usage: withoute
occasionally the top of the second stroke is left open.
Usage: what
'w' is always a separate letter as seen here in the 'wh' combination.
Usage: foryeuenesse
'y' almost always has this mark above. A similar though smaller mark is sometimes present above 'i'.
Usage: body
the only 'y' on the folio with just a dot above. The mark following is not an extension of the tail of 'y' but a virgule which the scribe uses consistently
Usage: The scribe's regular ampersand.
Usage: The same basic configuration which varies according to space available.
Usage: Two ampersands intertwined.
Usage: criste
'c' frequently has a short horn above the head of the letter.
Usage: couenable
Usage: chirche
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