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Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Trinity College MS R.3.15 (595)
Sampled Folios:37v, 78v
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Usage: a
an oval-shaped lobe to single compartment 'a'.
Usage: Axe
the scribe occasionally uses an upper case 'A' for some words within the text.
Usage: And
Usage: alios
from the Latin gloss in the margin of f78v.
Usage: wolde
unlooped 'd' used throughout.
Usage: armed
'd' in final position with tag.
Usage: and
the two strokes which go to make up the scribe's 'd' may be seen clearly in this example.
Usage: fight
characteristic tailed 'g' of this scribe with short, straight tail-stroke
Usage: legges
a slight left-ward inclination on the descender
Usage: high
the lobe of 'g' is often very small.
Usage: maryage
'g' with more pronounced curve to the tail.
Usage: her
the usual presentation of 'h'. It is a squat graph with head-loop and short limb.
Usage: Howe
'H' as the first letter of the last line of text and the scribe continues the tail-stroke of the letter into the ruled parallel lines of the left margin.
Usage: sight
in the scribe's crossed 'h', the horizontal line usually just grazes the top of the letter.
Usage: holde
'h' on the top line with exaggerated ascender extending into the space.
Usage: euery
modern 'r' used extensively. The stem descends at an angle. The shoulder is detached.
Usage: brode
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o' and some consonants.
Usage: harde
the scribe rarely uses long 'r'. The fork, such as it is, is close to the top of the initial stroke.
Usage: Rome
upper case 'R' with arched approach stroke beginning below the body of the letter.
Usage: p(ar)amouris
kidney-shaped 's' used in final positions.
Usage: Som
upper case 'S' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: assembled
long 's' used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: sent
long 's' used in initial position with head-stroke arching over following graphs..
Usage: knowe
this form of 'w' with looped head occurs occasionally.
Usage: wolle
the form of 'w' with or without an approach stroke which is the most frequently used form of the letter.
Usage: welle
Usage: was
a 'w' on the top line with strapwork decoration, a feature of some letters on the top lines of folios in this manuscript.
Usage: mayst
the tail of 'y' is usually straight. Here there is a slight flick to the right.
Usage: myght
the tail frequently extends back under several letters at a forty-five degree angle.
Usage: Ye
an unusual upper case letter at the beginning of a line.
Usage: you
the same arched lead-in stroke as in the example of the upper case 'Y' though not so pronounced.
Upper Case Oddities
Usage: Thy
the vertical line is the ruled margin line, not part of the distinctive circular 'T'.
Usage: Of
a curly stroke through the centre of the graph as decoration.
Usage: Nowe
Usage: Custaunce
Usage: I
upper case 'I' is distinctive with the appearance of a modern number 7.
Usage: Is
Usage: Imprudent
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