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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Harley 5908
Folios:Singleton folio of Clerk's Tale
Sampled Folios:61r
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Usage: mastres
double compartment 'a' used throughout.
Usage: may
Usage: And
upper case 'A' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: And
an alternative upper case 'A'.
Usage: digne
unlooped 'd' is used most frequently and varies little.
Usage: lord
looped 'd' is also used occasionally.
Usage: fostered
occasionally it is possible to see a slight curve at the top of the stem of 'd'.
Usage: digne
tailed secretary 'g' with reverse flick on the descender.
Usage: glade
Usage: God
upper case 'G' decorated with a double parallel line.
Usage: house
the stem is fairly short with head-loop resting on the shoulder.
Usage: How
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line with hooked extension out into the left margin.
Usage: chamberer
'ch' combination. The head-stroke is compressed.
Usage: maner
'z'-shaped 'r' used in every position the majority of the time.
Usage: fortune
modern 'r' with curved stem is used occasionally.
Usage: chamberer
the single use of long 'r' on this folio. Here it occurs at the end of the line below the 'r' in version 1 and it has a flourish.
Usage: Returneþ
upper case letter at the beginning of a line.
Usage: faderes
sigma 's' always used in final position. Occasionally used initially also.
Usage: soule
the shaft of long 's' does not usually taper off but ends abruptly.
Usage: sche
when used in initial position, this 's' usually stands above the following letters.
Usage: So
upper case 'S' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: wote
the scribe uses a variety of 'w's even on a single folio.
Usage: alwey
'w' with looped head and single lobe at the right.
Usage: Wiþ
upper case 'W' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: my
'y' varies little.
Usage: maydynhede
Usage: wey
the scribe extends the tail of 'y' into the right margin.
Thorn and yogh
Usage: þat
the scribe uses thorn occasionally.
Usage: Þe
thorn used at the beginning of a line.
Usage: ȝoure
yogh is used throughout for the 'y' sound as in 'ȝew', 'ȝe', and the gutteral as in 'ȝaue'.
Usage: wiȝt
it is also used for the 'gh' sound.
Usage: I
although faint, it is worth including this upper case 'I'. The scribe uses several varieties of head-stroke. However, there are frequently two short slashes across the shaft of the letter.
Usage: I
Usage: I
'I' as the first letter of a line.
Usage: I
the exception that proves the rule, perhaps.
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