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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Digby 185
Sampled Folios:127v, 145r, 157v, 166r
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Usage: mariage
the first 'a' in this word. The majority of the scribe's lower case double compartment 'a's follow this pattern.
Usage: conuenable
occasionally the scribe adds a horned head to the top of the upper compartment.
Usage: A
the most common form of upper case 'A'.
Usage: And
occasionally the scribe flattens the upper lobe of 'A'.
Usage: bedde
looped 'd' with very spikey appearance. The lower 'lobe' is triangular with a curve of the base-stroke which produces points at both ends.
Usage: stablesched
'd' in final position with attached vertical tag.
Usage: londe
the loop of 'd' extends back over the top of preceding graphs.
Usage: March(a)und(es)
'd' with abbreviation for 'es'.
Usage: coriagius
double compartment 'g' used throughout. The lower compartment is oval in shape, the upper compartment is angular.
Usage: comyng
'g' in final position with long vertical tag attached to the horizontal slash.
Usage: gret
the upper compartment of 'g' can be a diamond shape with hairline linking stroke across the upper side.
Usage: Gerelaus
upper case letter with parallel line decoration and yellow wash.
Usage: when
'h' with open head-stroke.
Usage: cheerte
when 'h' follows 't' or 'c', the graphs are ligatured forming a closed head-stroke. 'h' generally has an angled foot on the stem.
Usage: nyght
in the 'ght' combination, 'h' is crossed.
Usage: Hym
this upper case 'H' positively bristles at the left of the stem.
Usage: reigned
long 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: brother
when long 'r' is the final letter of a word it is frequently flourished.
Usage: worlde
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o' and round bodied consonants. Occasionally it is also used in initial position.
Usage: Reigned
a very individual upper case 'R' with extra diagonal foot stroke.
Usage: vertuus
sigma 's' always used in final position.
Usage: sonne
long 's' used in initial and medial positions. There is often a winged appendage at the top of the vertical.
Usage: hardynesse
Usage: Schal
upper case 'S' usually has a flattened head-stroke and parallel lines bisecting the graph.
Usage: wyll
the scribe has various different 'w' graphs. This one is in general use throughout.
Usage: witt
a graph on the top line of verse on a folio.
Usage: Was
upper case 'W' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: went
a rather convoluted version of 'w'.
Usage: kyng
the tail of 'y' varies in length and angle of return.
Usage: Hungerye
Usage: delay
the last graph of the line and the tail of 'y' extends to the red ink bracing of lines of verse.
Usage: Yitt
Decorative Features
Usage: Opening initial with Swillington ((of Yorkshire) coat of arms.
Usage: Catchword contained in a crown.
Usage: Black ink strapwork initial probably executed by the scribe himself. Several shields with coats of arms.
Usage: An extension from the initial in version 3.
Decorative Features
Usage: Decorative initial 'I' which extends down beside 17 lines of text. Amply flourished in both red ink and the ink of the text.
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