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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Hatton Donat. 1
Sampled Folios:75v, 167v
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Usage: man
double compartment 'a' used most of the time. The upper compartment is slightly smaller than the lower one.
Usage: fall
single compartment 'a' can also be found. On some folios it is used more than on others.
Usage: And
Usage: Amen
the upper case graph.
Usage: day
looped 'd' used almost all the time.
Usage: endeth
the scribe uses unlooped 'd' in the rubric.
Usage: wold
'd' in final position often has an extension to form a sort of tag.
Usage: godd(es)
'es' abbreviation attached to the extended loop-stroke.
Usage: grauen
of the two folios examined, double compartment 'g' is only used in the last few lines of the Cook's Tale on f75v. Thereafter, secretary 'g' takes over.
Usage: gode
tailed 'g' with short tail.
Usage: king
'g' with tail turning counter-clockwise.
Usage: God
upper case 'G' with bisecting vertical stroke.
Usage: hoste
the head loop of 'h' is usually angled and rests on the shoulder of the graph. The tail-stroke is usually tucked neatly away beneath the body of the graph.
Usage: her(e)
occasionally the tail loops back, crossing the limb and joining to the next graph.
Usage: herkeneth
very occasionally the limb of 'h' descends in a straight line before flicking to the right.
Usage: He
the upper case graph is the same as the lower case one.
Usage: renoune
on the folios examined, long 'r' is used used most of the time in all positions.
Usage: prest
modern 'r' is used occasionally.
Usage: fader
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o' and 'e' on these folios.
Usage: wher(e)
long 'r' in final position often has a flourish indicative of a missing 'e'.
Usage: stode
long 's' is always used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: nones
in final position both sigma 's' and kidney-shaped 's' are used.
Usage: his
kidney-shaped 's' in final position.
Usage: Squiers
Usage: wedding
the scribe has two forms of 'w' which alternate to no apparent pattern. Here a loop-headed form has a single lobe to the right.
Usage: wedding
here a 'w' with straight limbs and the 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: wil with
an example showing both types of graph.
Usage: Whi
upper case 'W' exists in both forms.
Usage: body
the tail of 'y' is very variable, from a straight line as in version 3 to a relatively curled tail as in this example.
Usage: latyn
Usage: gamelyn
short straight tail-stroke.
Usage: bachelry
Usage: þere
thorn is used frequently but does not replace 'th' in general. It is mainly used for the definite article, pronouns and demonstratives though may also be found as a replacement 'th' on a few occasions.
Usage: þing
Usage: oþer
Usage: þe
thorn is also used in the rubrics.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Tel
Usage: Nay
Usage: But
Usage: Of
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