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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Harley 2382
Sampled Folios:97r
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Usage: mayde
secretary 'a' used throughout the text on this folio.
Usage: ffabula
double compartment 'a' used in title.
Usage: Monialis
another double compartment 'a' reserved for the title.
Usage: Lady
the scribe's 'd's are looped but vary quite a bit in shape.
Usage: Lord
the final letter of the first word of text.
Usage: De
an elaborate form of 'd' in the title.
Usage: mod(er)
'd' with 'er' abbreviation attached.
Usage: large
tailed secretary 'g' with curving descender.
Usage: gyden
Usage: konnyng
where 'g' is in final position, the tail loops round and crosses the descender.
Usage: light
combination of 'ght'.
Usage: how
a very current form of 'h'.
Usage: thyn
the tail loops round, crosses the limb and continues to link with the following graph.
Usage: shewen
Usage: heryyng
long 'r' used rarely.
Usage: p(ar)formed
modern 'r' used in all positions.
Usage: honour
where 'r' is in final position in a word, it frequently has a flourish, even if the word is not the last word in the line.
Usage: is
sigma 's' in final position.
Usage: self
long 's' frequently has a backward tilt.
Usage: som
sigma 's' is used initially as frequently as long 's'.
Usage: worthynesse
Usage: world
current 'w' with separate left limb.
Usage: whos
occasionally the scribe has a short lead-in stroke when 'w' is the initial letter.
Usage: woll
the left limb is frequently much shorter and placed further above the line than the second element.
Usage: Wher
upper case 'W'. The scribe does not use upper case letters for the beginning of each line. He uses them to begin a new stanza and tips the letter with red ink. We may assume therefore that this is the scribe's 'W'.
Usage: thyn
the shape of 'y' is fairly consistent. However, the tail can be very long.
Usage: any word
tail of 'y' extends beneath the first two letters of the next word.
Usage: heryyng
Usage: y shall
'y' used to replace 'I'.
Stanza marker
Usage: The scribe uses this trefoil mark at the beginning of each stanza.
Usage: My
Abbreviative Marks
Usage: reu(er)ence
'er' abbreviation used quite frequently by the scribe.
Usage: p(ra)yer
several examples of 'ra' abbreviation on this folio.
Usage: childre(n)
Usage: p(ar)formed
Thorn with superscript
Usage: þe
thorn is not used throughout. It is possible that the scribe uses it to save space? Note that the shaft of thorn is always set at an angle.
Usage: þt
Usage: þi
Usage: Ampersand
the ampersand is of perfunctory shape. Here the letter 'l' from the word below can be seen at the bottom left of the image.
Usage: Ampersand
Usage: Ampersand
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