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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Harley 5977
Sampled Folios:90r
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Usage: suffraunce
lower case anglicana 'a'.
Usage: man
the scribe uses the upper case version of his 'a' for words which would not be expected to be capitalised. He sometimes uses the same upper case graph in the middle of words, as here.
Usage: After
upper case graph at the beginning of a line tipped with red ink.
Usage: distresse
lower case 'd' is consistently formed. The lower lobe is angular with point at the left side. The loop is fairly squat and is contained comfortably above the lobe.
Usage: goddis
Usage: Do
the scribe has two forms of upper case 'D'.
Usage: Desiryth
this version of the upper case letter is almost the same as the lower case except for an extended loop at the head.
Usage: gredy
again the 'g' graph is consistently formed. It is a double compartment graph with lower lobe generally smaller than the upper lobe. The upper lobe may be almost square as here, or may be more rounded as in version 2.
Usage: thyng
'g' in final position with horizontal extension from the middle of the upper lobe. There is a hairline stroke from the end of the tail back to the body of the graph to complete the lower compartment.
Usage: greef
the lower compartment is here not completed.
Usage: nought
'ght' combination with cross above the 'h' which extends over several graphs.
Usage: thyn
'h' may have a more rounded or more angular head stroke. The limb and tail-stroke are short and usually contained neatly below the graph.
Usage: teche
a slightly more awkward rendition.
Usage: Desiryth
in the 'th' combination, 'h' is always crossed.
Usage: myght
the cross above 'h' in this combination extends over the three letters.
Usage: brother
'z'-shaped 'r' is used in all positions and is by far the most represented 'r' graph.
Usage: countirvayle
modern 'r' is used occasionally. On this folio, this 'r' is only used in medial positions.
Usage: verray
double 'r' using both types of graph.
Usage: erroure
Usage: shal
long 's' is used initially and medially in all cases on this folio. As with the scribe's 'f' graph, the stalk is a thick down stroke and the head stroke is lightly added.
Usage: his
kidney 's' is used only in final position on this folio.
Usage: this
an example of the one or two 6-shaped 's's used in final position.
Usage: Suffraunce
upper case 'S' tipped with red ink.
Usage: with
as may be seen from all these examples, the cursive 'w' graph is very consistently formed.
Usage: ritwysnes
Usage: power
when in the middle of a word, the slight fine approach stroke may not be used.
Usage: Who
the upper case graph is a larger version of the lower case letter.
Usage: nedy
in all positions 'y' is formed in the same way with tail descending at a 45 degree angle with no curve at the end.
Usage: Desiryth
Usage: yt
Usage: a noye
the single exception to the 'straight tail theory' on this folio.
Usage: þt
thorn is used only for the 'that' abbreviation on this folio. Yogh is not represented.
Usage: þt
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
Usage: But
Usage: It
Usage: Mercy
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