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Current Manuscript:Europe, Cologny, Switzerland, Fondation Martin Bodmer MS 48
Sampled Folios:90v, 131r, 177r, 227v
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Usage: part
single compartment 'a' used as the lower case graph.
Usage: And
the scribe has several versions of upper case 'A'.
Usage: And
Usage: As
a more upright version of 2.
Usage: dayes
the scribe uses unlooped 'd' almost all the time. However, there is a looped 'd' as will be seen in versions 2 and 4.
Usage: finde
looped 'd' ligatured with 'e' as a continuous stroke.
Usage: dede
probably the shape of the scribe's upper case 'D' although he uses it on a number of occasions where the lower case letter would seem more appropriate.
Usage: wend
the word occurs at the end of a line and 'd' is tagged.
Usage: gospel
tailed 'g' shaped like a number 9 with descender tapering clockwise.
Usage: wurching
'g' as final letter with extended cross-stroke.
Usage: God
upper case letter tipped with red ink.
Usage: spryngiþ
the scribe allows himself licence with the waving tail of 'g' on the bottom line.
Usage: this
'h' set at a slight angle. The limb is short and barely descends below the level of the stem.
Usage: endith
in the combinations 'th', 'ch', 'sh', the scribe frequently crosses the 'h' in desultory fashion whereas in the 'ght' combination, the 'h' is rarely crossed.
Usage: The
'h' from the rubric in the scribe's hand.
Usage: mery
this squat 'v'-shaped 'r' used most of the time in every position.
Usage: mor
occasionally the scribe will use long 'r' over several lines. Here it is in final position with a flourish probably for a missing final 'e'.
Usage: ffor
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o' and after some consonants.
Usage: debonair
in final position, modern 'r' often has a flourish attached. Again, it may signal a missing 'e'.
Usage: sustene
sigma 's' is usually reserved for initial position. However, occasionally the scribe uses it in final position.
Usage: licorousnes
kidney-shaped 's' is the preferred 's' in final position.
Usage: Sophye
upper case 'So'.
Usage: sundri
long 's' is used both initially and medially. It is a slanting stroke tapered at both ends.
Usage: which
secretary 'w' alternates with the looped anglicana form.
Usage: when
although here 'w' is the initial letter, this form of 'w' is usually used within a word with version 1 most in evidence as the initial letter.
Usage: Which
at the beginning of a line.
Usage: werk(es)
Usage: mery
the tail of 'y' is a graceful arc.
Usage: wepyng
Usage: spryngiþ
this word is on the bottom line of text where most letters have descenders of an exaggerated length.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: spryngiþ
thorn not only used for pronouns and demonstratives but for general replacement of 'th'.
Usage: deþ
the stem of thorn tapers. The lobe is set high on the stem.
Usage: riȝt
yogh is rarely used.
Usage: hiȝt
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