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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16
Sampled Folios:32v, 90v, 126v, 148v
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Usage: al
secretary 'a' used throughout as the lower case letter.
Usage: legenda
anglicana 'a' is used for display script in incipits etc.
Usage: And
the scribe has several upper case 'A's one of which is this secretary form with hairline joining stroke.
Usage: At
upper case 'A' with square lobe and curved approach stroke which begins beneath the graph.
Usage: depe
rounded anglicana looped 'd' is used all the time.
Usage: domos
'd' with more angular lobe used infrequently.
Usage: Dyse
upper case 'D' in the title.
Usage: Duke
the standard shape of upper case 'D'.
Usage: begynne
double compartment 'g.
Usage: legenda
'g' in the incipit with triangular lower compartment and square upper compartment.
Usage: nygh
crossed 'h' to follow 'g'.
Usage: myght
in terms of formation, the 'g' graph is one of the scribe's less successful ones.
Usage: the
the scribe's 'h' is consistently formed.
Usage: fressh
very occasionally the tail-stroke turns counter-clockwise to finish.
Usage: He
upper case letter at the beginning of a line. The formation is the same as the lower case graph except for the pair of spikes attached to the left of the stem.
Usage: the
one of the scribe's more elaborate display letters for the title.
Usage: storie
modern 'r' used in all positions except after 'o'.
Usage: rehersen
a slightly different shape with occasional use of an approach stroke for the first letter of a word.
Usage: Clamor
'z'-shaped 'r' after 'o' with or without otiose additional stroke.
Usage: Ryght
upper case 'R' at the beginning of a line and tipped with red. As with upper case 'A', the curving approach stroke begins beneath the graph.
Usage: hys
sigma 's' in final position. Also used occasionally in initial position.
Usage: sirs
kidney 's' also used in final position, probably not as frequently as sigma 's'.
Usage: seye
long 's' used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: Sythe
Usage: draweth
'w' is formed in similar fashion whatever its position.
Usage: swich
occasionally the left arm extends above the previous letter.
Usage: folow
Usage: When
Usage: endyte
'y' is regularly formed. The tail is usually a short turn counter-clockwise.
Usage: wynne
very occasionally 'y' has a dot above.
Usage: Youre
upper case letter at the beginning of a line and tipped with red.
Usage: Ye
the first word in a stanza hence an even more elaborate letter whose tail extends down past the upper case 'T,' the first letter of the next line.
Titles, Catchwords and Decorative Features
Usage: Title
Usage: Marginal decoration for the above piece.
Usage: Catchword
Usage: Incipit
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