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Current Manuscript:England, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, Devonshire MSS, Canterbury Tales fragment
Sampled Folios:1r, 2r, 2v
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Usage: specialy
anglicana 'a' is used on these folios.
Usage: gaudent
Usage: A
Usage: Alla
Usage: day
looped 'd' is the usual graph with angular lower lobe.
Usage: diem
a flat head to the loop on this 'd'.
Usage: And
almost every final d is tagged
Usage: Doth
upper case 'D' with very angular 'Z' or '2' in front of the graph and double vertical strokes within the graph.
Usage: goddis
double compartment 'g' is used throughout. Each compartment is angular in shape.
Usage: kyng
'g' in final position with long descending tag from the extended horizontal slash.
Usage: gaudent
Usage: myghtie
Usage: heried
'h' with looped head and short thick limb. The tail-stroke descends at a forty-five degree angle from the limb and does not turn counter-clockwise.
Usage: chirch
final crossed 'h' after 'c'.
Usage: reuthles
Usage: Habundantly
an upper case 'H' defined by the strokes added to the left of the stem.
Usage: reuthles
the scribe uses a selection of 'r' graphs. Long 'r', used here in initial position does not descend below the line.
Usage: Þer
modern 'r' in final position and tagged.
Usage: forth
'z'-shaped 'r' is also used in final position
Usage: Rue
a very long approach stroke to this upper case graph.
Usage: so
sigma 's' is used in initial and final positions.
Usage: hys
Usage: sterre
long 's' is also used in initial position as well as medially.
Usage: So
Usage: whan
'w' has a looped head and the 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: bakward
Usage: ȝow
Usage: Where
'W' in position at the beginning of a line and tipped with yellow.
Usage: by
'y' is mainly dotted. The tail is usually contained and often sits on the line.
Usage: fynde
Usage: Habundantly
Usage: pleynly
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þine
both thorn and yogh are used. Thorn has a very short stem.
Usage: þoght
Usage: ȝitte
yogh has an angled approach stroke to the head and a long tail which ends below the line.
Usage: ȝo(ur)
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
the scribe seems to like parallel lines and double dots on his upper case letters.
Usage: I
Usage: Of
Usage: Made
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