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Current Manuscript:Cambridge, St Catharine's College MS K.1.26 (7)
Sampled Folios:8v, 63r, 90r
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Usage: made
lower case 'a' varies according to the folios consulted. It always appears as a double compartment graph but is sometimes a true anglicana 'a' and at others a straight-sided 'a' with horizontal cross-bar and various different shapes for the upper compartment. Here 'a' has an angled head-stroke.
Usage: and
in this version the head is closed with a diagonal hairline stroke.
Usage: As
'A's may be angular or more rounded as in version 4.
Usage: And
Usage: darte
unlooped 'd' is used most of the time.
Usage: wold
the scribe does use looped 'd' occasionally, here in final position.
Usage: deseruyd
the scribe uses what appears to be an upper case letter in initial position.
Usage: dede
both forms of the 'd' graph in this word.
Usage: greue
tailed 'g' is used throughout. At the beginning of the manuscript the tails of 'g' are generally short and neat, extending no further in a clockwise direction than the extent of the graph.
Usage: knowlychinge
further on in the manuscript the tails of 'g' may extend clockwise in sweeping curves beneath previous graphs.
Usage: right
Usage: Genio
upper case 'G' in the rubric in the hand of the scribe.
Usage: haue
the scribe usually copies well above the line. The limb of 'h' therefore descends in a gentle curve and ends at the line.
Usage: suche
the head of 'h' may be looped or open as in version 1.
Usage: ryghte
'h' following 'g' is crossed. The tail extends well below the line.
Usage: Hit
upper case 'H' with thick, straight stem and open head-stroke.
Usage: ryght
modern 'r' is used throughout in all positions.
Usage: Vnwar
Usage: or
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o'.
Usage: Right
Usage: synge
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions. The stem may be very thick as in this example.
Usage: goddes
kidney-shaped 's' with horn is used in final position.
Usage: syknesse
long 's' used medially.
Usage: Scheo
Usage: was
'w' is formed as two 'v's. There is a single lobe to the right.
Usage: owt
Usage: wt
used frequently
Usage: Where
the upper case graph is slightly more elaborate with left limb extended to the left and a 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: ys
the fork of 'y' usually appears at or above the line.
Usage: betyde
the tail-stroke is usually fine and straight with no return.
Usage: lye
Usage: lyuynge
Usage: oþer
the stem of thorn is long and tapering.
Usage: neuyrþeles
the lobe of thorn is attached to the top of the stem.
Usage: bryngeþ
Usage: doþ
Upper Case A
Usage: And
upper case 'A's in all their variety.
Usage: As
Usage: As
Usage: And
it is interesting that so many scribes seemed to delight in varying the 'A' graphs.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: I
Usage: Beholde
Usage: But
Usage: To
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