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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 158
Sampled Folios:68v
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Usage: aftir
single compartment 'a' used throughout. The scribe's hand is very even and there is little variation in letter form.
Usage: bataile
the second 'a' graph in this word.
Usage: Ageyn
single compartment upper case 'A' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: And
the first word of the folio so a slightly bigger graph.
Usage: dispende
the initial 'd' of this word. Looped 'd' is used throughout.
Usage: gode
Usage: De
the first word of the rubric in the hand of the scribe and the ink of the text.
Usage: Descendid
upper case letter at the beginning of a line.
Usage: grace
the scribe's hand is neat and compact. There is little variation in any of his graphs.
Usage: stronge
double compartment 'g' is used throughout. There is generally an overhang from the stroke at the right side of the lower compartment which is square in appearance.
Usage: Reg(is?)
marginal Latin gloss.
Usage: swiche
the majority of the scribe's 'h' graphs are as in the example here. The head-stroke is rounded, the limb extends from the shoulder in a thick curve followed by a hairline to extend the stroke and pressure from flattened quill to form a finishing dot.
Usage: knyghthode
almost the only example on this folio of 'h' which does not finish the tail as in version 1 above. The head-strokes descend at an angle here rather than the usual rounded form.
Usage: His
the upper case letter is the same as the lower case example.
Usage: myghte
'ght' combination. The only other example apart from version 2 where the tail-stroke does not end with a dot.
Usage: grete
modern 'r' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: your
long 'r' is used in final position, sometimes, as here, with flourish.
Usage: lordshippes
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o'.
Usage: Regis
Usage: lyfles
kidney 's' is always used in final position.
Usage: Regis
the only 8-shaped 's' on this folio occurs in the Latin rubric.
Usage: Descendid
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: euennesse
where 'ss' is used, the first graph is always shorter than the second.
Usage: rowne
there is very little variation in the scribe's loop-headed 'w' graph.
Usage: alwey
occasionally the two limbs of the graph are not so close together and the second limb stands a little higher than the first.
Usage: ouerthwerte
Usage: Whiche
the initial letter of the line so it could be the scribe's upper case graph. It is exactly the same as the lower case examples.
Usage: Ageyn
again the 'y' graph is very consistently formed.
Usage: lynage
Usage: Yee
the first letter of the line so perhaps the upper case version. Again, there is no difference between upper and lower case versions.
Usage: þerto
a distinctive hairline approach to the short angled stroke which initiates the descender.
Usage: worþi
the stem is thick but tapers as it descends.
Usage: Þat
Usage: Þee
Upper Case Letters
Usage: O
Usage: My
Usage: If
'I' has the same hairline approach to the angled head-stroke as the scribe's thorn graph.
Usage: Promote
both lower and upper case 'P' also have the hairline approach stroke to an angled head-stroke before scribing the descender.
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