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Current Manuscript:Scotland, Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Library MS 123
Sampled Folios:10v (lines 1-15), 28r (lines 6-28)
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Usage: quarters
single compartment 'a' used as the lower case graph.
Usage: abilite
Usage: astrolabie
the scribe's hand is not particularly neat and his letter formation is not consistent.
Usage: And
swiftly formed upper case 'A'.
Usage: doth
'd' is actually fairly consistently formed, usually with upper loop slightly in advance of the lower lobe.
Usage: altitude
a more angular lobe with reverse pen-turned top to the descender rather than a completed loop.
Usage: altitudes
Usage: chyldryn
Usage: gret
flat-topped tailed 'g' with minimal tail-stroke.
Usage: ygeuen
Usage: ap(er)teynyng
'g' in final position with tiny downward flick at the end of the horizontal extension.
Usage: towchyng
Usage: haue
wide head-loop with shoulder and limb descending from the centre of the loop.
Usage: philosophie
strangely, both 'h's in this word have the head-stroke as a horizontal line.
Usage: þrogh
when 'h' follows 'g' it is usually crossed. However on each occasion where 'h' follows 'g', the body of 'h' has become obliterated with ink.
Usage: shynyng
Usage: rekne
the link to the shoulder of 'r' springs from line level which is at the lower level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: quarters
Usage: befor
'r' in final position is flourished, perhaps to indicate a missing final 'e'.
Usage: prayerys
Usage: science
the thick head of the descender protrudes above the initiation of the curved head-stroke.
Usage: as
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position as is sigma 's'.
Usage: prayerys
the alternation of the two 's' graphs in final position is random.
Usage: shyne
scooped head-stroke to link on to following 'h'.
Usage: world
'w' is always of the same formation with two thick, fairly straight limbs whose heads turn towards the right. There is a single lobe as the final element.
Usage: nowmbre
Usage: wt
the scribe uses abbreviations for 'that' and 'with'.
Usage: Lytyl
the tail of 'y' is usually of generous length and curvature. However, see version 4.
Usage: preyer
Usage: slyly
Usage: very
another example of the over-inking which causes blobs of ink to infill the body of some graphs.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: boþe
thorn is used frequently in all situations. It usually has a straight tapering stem as in this example.
Usage: wheþ(er)
the scribe curves the stem of thorn in this example.
Usage: oriȝont
a single example of yogh on the two folios examined. Here used as representative of 'z'.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Than
there are few upper case letters in the text but 'T' does occur quite frequently. It is always formed as in this example.
Usage: I
the scribe has two forms of 'i'. In this example the scribe uses a curved approach stroke to the head and adds a separate dot to the right of the shaft.
Usage: Bred
first initial of the title with loss of the corner of the paper leaf which now shows the repair.
Usage: I
the second version of the scribe's 'I' with looped and hooked head stroke.
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