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Current Manuscript:England, Longleat House, Marquess of Bath MS 257
Sampled Folios:77v
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Usage: abundant
double compartment 'a' with horned additional head-stroke. The majority of the scribe's lower case 'a's follow this pattern.
Usage: as
in some words the horned top is less pronounced.
Usage: A
the scribe has a number of different versions for upper case 'A'.
Usage: And
a more elaborate version with arching lead-in stroke.
Usage: delectable
'd' in initial position.
Usage: lond
'd' in final position with slight extension on the looped return.
Usage: drede
the upper loop sloping backwards is a feature of the scribe's 'd'. When the 'd' occurs medially the upper loop frequently lies back over the previous graph.
Usage: Discrete
upper case 'D' with 2-shaped initial element.
Usage: gye
double compartment 'g' used throughout. As here, the 'g' frequently sits on the line above the level of following graphs.
Usage: yong
'g' in final position. As in version 1 the 'g' sits on the line and as the final graph has a hairline tail which first arches up the descendsbelow the line.
Usage: hegges
Usage: might
the 'ght' combination with 'g' set rather lower than in the previous examples. The upper lobe is square-shaped with hairline connectos on either side and scooped horned head-stroke to finish.
Usage: his
'h' in initial position.
Usage: thurgh
'h' in final position following 'g' is usually crossed.
Usage: such
'h' as final letter after 'c'.
Usage: Have
'H' as the first letter of the line. The upper case letter does not vary from the lower case one.
Usage: roote
long 'r' in initial position. Long 'r' is used in all positions except after 'o'.
Usage: honour
long 'r' in final position with flourish.
Usage: lord
'z'-shaped 'e' after 'o'.
Usage: matier
the only example of modern 'r' on this folio.
Usage: speke
both sigma 's' and long 's' are used in initial position.
Usage: lordes
sigma 's' in final position.
Usage: side
long 's' in initial position. It is always used medially.
Usage: Save
upper case graph at the beginning of a line.
Usage: west
the scribe has two basic 'w' shapes. This is the more angular version.
Usage: was
the second type of this graph.
Usage: Well
upper case example of version 1 found at the beginning of a line.
Usage: Wedd
upper case example of version 2 found at the beginning of a line.
Usage: playne
the common shape of 'y'.
Usage: yong
'y' in initial position with slightly etended tail.
Usage: they
'y' in final position.
Usage: Yit
'Y' as the first letter of the line.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Down
a second version of upper case 'D'.
Usage: Both
upper case 'B' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: In
the scribe's upper case 'I'.
Usage: Or
upper case 'O' again at the beginning of a line.
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