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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Lansdowne 851
Sampled Folios:58r
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Usage: wardeine
the scribe's single compartment lower case 'a'.
Usage: Ansewerd
the scribe uses an upper case 'A' for this word in the middle of a line.
Usage: And
a second type of upper case 'A'.
Usage: And
the opening word on the folio. Many of the opening letters of folios are similarly decorated, some with faces as in this example.
Usage: stounde
a very pointed lobe for 'd'.
Usage: Simond
final 'd' with descending tag.
Usage: qd
the scribe's abbreviation for 'quod'.
Usage: goone
the tail of 'g' curves to the right before turning clockwise.
Usage: goþe
Usage: wagges
Usage: troughe
Usage: sleihte
a looped head for 'h' with the loop resting on the top of the shoulder.
Usage: hight
'h' at the beginning of a word sometimes has a foot at the bottom of the stem.
Usage: Howe
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line is tipped with yellowish paint and has a curl as an extension to the left side of the stem. This compares with the upper case 'H' of Scribe D who copied Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198 and to which the scribe of Lansdowne had access.
Usage: Iohn
crossed 'h'.
Usage: clerkes
on the folios sampled modern 'r' is used with 'z'-shaped 'r'. No sign of long 'r'.
Usage: sorte
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o'. A curving otiose stroke from the bottom left of the graph.
Usage: her
'r' in final position with flourish probably to represent a missing final 'e'.
Usage: This
kidney 's' used in all final positions and almost always with an otiose tag.
Usage: Simkin
upper case 'S'.
Usage: schall
long 's' used in initial and medial positions usually with lead-in stroke visible.
Usage: where
sometimes 'w' is neatly contained as in this example.
Usage: swa
at other times the top of both arms of 'w' appear to be open.
Usage: howe
the scribe's 'w' only has a single lobe on the right side.
Usage: oonely
Usage: besely
'y' almost always has a curved stroke above .
Usage: mirþe' / 'besely
example to show the typical mark above 'i' and the curving stroke above 'y'. 'i' does not always have the tear-drop mark above, 'y' almost always sports the same curved stroke above the letter.
Usage: grinde
the first three versions of 'e' here are at the ends of consecutive words. All three are finished in a different way.
Usage: oure
the stroke attached to 'e' is a decorative feature used by the scribe as he copied. It follows some 'r's, 't's, 'e's, 's's and 'd's.
Usage: corne
'e' which is almost heart-shaped because of the looped extension at the right.
Usage: carie
the scribe's more usual 'e'.
Otiose strokes
Usage: bot
several of the letters are frequently followed by curving otiose strokes.
Usage: Meller
Usage: of
Usage: þe
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