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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Selden supra 56
Sampled Folios:14v
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Usage: say
secretary 'a' used most of the time.
Usage: alone
a peculiar hybrid 'a' which is not in the position to be an upper case letter. The scribe does use this form occasionally.
Usage: A dieu
the most usual upper case 'A' for this scribe.
Usage: And
a different version of the upper case letter.
Usage: And
there is little variation in the scribe's 'd' graph.
Usage: bidde
'dd' followed by 'e'.
Usage: gret
after a short stroke descending from the right of the lobe, the tail of 'g' angles back almost at a right angle to form a horizontal line.
Usage: lough
sometimes the horizontal stroke turns back on itself.
Usage: God
initial letter at the beginning of a line. The upper case graph is indistinguishable from the lower case one.
Usage: here
'h' is formed regularly to this pattern. The upper case graph is exactly the same.
Usage: hate
Usage: herke
about the only 'h' graph on this folio which shows even a slight variation in the length of the tail-stroke.
Usage: How
the first word of the folio hence the special treatment for 'H'.
Usage: distresse
modern 'r' used almost all the time in all positions. The shoulder appears detached but is usually connected with a hairline.
Usage: hir
long 'r' is used occasionally.
Usage: word
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o' and 'e'. But see version 4.
Usage: recom(m)aunde
a 'z'-shaped 'r' to begin a word. The extra ink at the base of the letter is a blot.
Usage: is
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: distresse
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions. Here the head stroke extends over following letters.
Usage: vs
an unusual shape for 's' but the scribe's hand deteriorates somewhat towards the bottom of the folio.
Usage: So
Usage: How
the scribe's 'w' varies little.
Usage: wyght
the loops at the head are usually closed and there is a single lobe to the right.
Usage: wote
Usage: my
Usage: thyng
'y' with short tail stroke is the most common.
Usage: felany
the word occurs at the end of a line hence the longer tail for 'y'.
Thorn and yogh
Usage: þou
thorn is indistinguishable from 'y'.
Usage: Þat
Usage: (Yogh)ete
a more angular shape for this version of yogh, perhaps because it is in an upper case position at the beginning of a line.
Usage: ry(yogh)t
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