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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson poet. 10
Sampled Folios:5v
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Usage: malencolie
the majority of the scribe's lower case 'a's are single compartment and formed as here with hairline connector at the head.
Usage: carist
a single example on the sampled folios of straight-sided lower case 'a' with horizontal bar to divide into two compartments.
Usage: And
the scribe's favoured upper case version of 'A'.
Usage: And
occasionally the scribe uses this upper case 'A'.
Usage: dreede
the initial 'd' in this word.
Usage: greeuid
whenever 'd' is in final position, it always has a tag attached as here.
Usage: goddis
Usage: amendid
Usage: graspist
the majority of the scribe's 'g's are formed as in versions 1 and 2. The length of tail varies according to space available and position in word.
Usage: greeuid
The extra curved extension above the body of the letter on the right is frequently present.
Usage: goddis
however, there are a few occasions on the sampled folios where anglicana double compartment 'g' is also used.
Usage: Greet
Usage: holsum
'h' is usually formed with open head-stroke and foot at the lower end of the stem.
Usage: lyght
in 'gh' and'ght' combinations, 'h' is usually crossed.
Usage: thow
occasionally the tail-stroke turns in reverse.
Usage: Haast
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: richesse
'z'-shaped 'r' used in all positions almost all the time.
Usage: dreede
very occasionally the scribe uses long 'r'.
Usage: fer
modern 'r' used occasionally, but see Wild Letter 2 for a further examination of the 'r' graph.
Usage: array
the 'z'-shaped 'r' sometimes has otiose strokes which descend vertically from the graph.
Usage: wittes
with one exception on the two sampled folios, sigma 's' is always used both initially and also in final position.
Usage: sauour
Usage: graspist
the first 's' in this word. Long 's' is used in medial positions. On one occasion it is used as the initial letter.
Usage: So
Usage: wittes
the formation of 'w' is fairly consistent. It usually has a spikey appearance.
Usage: sorwe
Usage: wexen
sometimes the graph has a more rounded aspect with the middle arm forming a closed lobe at the top of the graph.
Usage: Whiche
upper case graph at the beginning of the first line of the folio.
Usage: yit
Usage: I
'y' used as first person singular pronoun.
Usage: ys
'y' used instead of 'i'.
Usage: I
graph at the beginning of a line with license to extend into the side margin.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Ful
Usage: Bireve
an unusual 'B' graph with no top lobe, just a horned head-stroke with faint hairline connection back to the body of the graph.
Usage: Now
Usage: Prolle
More of lower case r
Usage: Ther
I take this to be the scribe's version of the modern 'r' graph. The formation is exactly the same as for the 'z'-shaped 'r' and one could assume that the flourished addition represents a missing 'e'. However, there are a few other occasions where a similar graph appears in the middle of a word without such an exaggerated flourish but with an added curved stroke after the 'z' and this appears to be the scribe's version of 'r'.
Usage: grettir
final letter in this word.
Usage: repoort
the penultimate letter of the word.
Usage: Or
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