the scribe uses double compartment 'a' throughout.
an unusual cursive form of upper case 'A' often found in documents copied into the London Letter Books where 'A's such as this are used for lists of 'A'ldermen.
the type of 'A' frequently selected by scribes copying 'Confessio Amantis' manuscripts; used usually for the glossing of 'Amans' in the margins.
the scribe's 'd's are unlooped and usually follow this pattern with curve at the top of the down-stroke.
there are occasional examples of looped 'd'.
an upright example with oval lobe.
upper case 'D' with dash in the centre.
'g' varies little and is always double compartment with angled head.
there is a slight lip between the horizontal stroke where it leads from the middle of the angled right side of the upper lobe. This 'g' is in final position and almost all final 'g's have a downward slash stroke attached.
upper case 'G' with double parallel line decoration.
'h' varies only in the haste with which the scribe forms the graph. The tail-stroke usually curves round clockwise and ends just to the left of the base of the stem.
occasionally the tail flicks in reverse.
'h' is rarely crossed but here in final position it follows 'c'.
there does not appear to be any distinction between the scribe's upper and lower case 'h'.
long 'r' is the most frequently used 'r' graph. It is used in all positions.
very occasionally, modern 'r' is used.
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o'.
upper case 'R' with sweeping approach stroke.
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
final 's' is always 8-shaped. The graph is usually slightly bigger than those preceding.
an occasional sigma 's' in initial position.
this 'S' is not just a one-off. The scribe makes use of this form several times on the folios consulted.
'w' is the scribe's most varied graph. There are many more variations which there is not room to show. On some folios a particular style is favoured and on others it may be different.
here 'w' with looped head and closed top.
all forms of 'w' have a double lobe feature to the right.
a mixture of all styles.
in contrast with 'w', 'y' is very evenly copied. It is almost always dotted and there is not a huge variation in the angle and length of the tail.
Usage: y holde
|Thorn and Yogh|
thorn is ubiquitous, being used as the initial letter of pronouns, adjectives and articles as well as present tense third person singular verb endings and elsewhere to replace 'th'.
yogh is also used readily in all situations.
|Upper Case Letters|
the initial letter on the first folio decorated with ink.
a face is drawn inside the letter.
Usage: The scribe's chapter numbers in rubric.