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Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.17
Folios:ff491-661, or as originally foliated, part 3, ff1- 87.
Sampled Folios:Part 3, f1r
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Usage: whan
all 'a's are double compartment and neatly executed.
Usage: tales
Usage: An
the scribe has two versions of upper case 'A' on this folio. This is the least-used one.
Usage: And
the most common form of upper case 'A'.
Usage: dickis
'd' is simple and unlooped. The second stroke does not always connect with the top of the bowl.
Usage: god
Usage: bedde
'd' ligatured with final 'e'.
Usage: togidres
occasionally the top of the down stroke begins with a curl to lead in.
Usage: gan
'g' is almost always double compartment. The lower compartment is often smaller than the upper and slightly in advance of it, giving a sort of twisted appearance to the graph.
Usage: mornyng
'g' in final position always has a vertical tag attached to the horizontal slash.
Usage: thyng
a very rare occurrence of tailed 'g' with exaggerated curly tail. It occurs on the bottom line of the folio.
Usage: Grete
Usage: heuenriche
'h' is squat in appearance and the stem is slightly tilted.
Usage: knygthode
the limb is fat and curved and continues clockwise with a short fine tail.
Usage: His
two versions of upper case 'H' on the folio examined. Here, at the beginning of a line, 'H' has a curved stroke attached to the left of the stem.
Usage: Heremytes
in this example, the double parallel lines also provide the decoration.
Usage: rieliche
long 'r' is used most frequently in all positions.
Usage: vnder
modern 'r' is also used in all positions, but is not the first choice of graph.
Usage: world
'z'-shaped 'r' is used only after 'o' on this folio.
Usage: Roberdes
Usage: schroudes
sigma 's' is just one of three types of 's' to be used in initial position.
Usage: wondres
8-shaped 's' is also used in initial as well as final positions.
Usage: seigh
long 's' is also used in initial and medial positions. The shaft of the graph is short and does not extend much beyond the lower level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: Som
Usage: world
the left limb of 'w' may have a turn of the nib at the head as here.
Usage: wide
the top of the left limb may also turn to the right, closing the head.
Usage: with
the approach stroke to the left limb may be more like the head of a crook.
Usage: Wirkyng
Usage: syde
'y' has either a very short tail or almost no tail at all.
Usage: deceyue
there is usually a diamond shape on top of the 'y'.
Usage: thay
Usage: Ye
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þe
thorn is rarely used and only for the definite article and for the abbreviated form of 'that'.
Usage: þt
Usage: nouȝt
yogh is also rarely used. The examples found suggest that it was used occasionally as equivalent of 'gh'.
Usage: Myȝte
Final 's'
Usage: distroys
here an unusual occurrence of long 's' in final position. The scribe does not seem to have sorted out any particular preferences although sigma 's' is usually the preferred graph in initial position.
Usage: selles
when 's' comes at the end of a line, it is frequently the shape seen here, with flat head stroke extending out into the margin and frequently tagged.
Usage: ordres
other graphs, particularly 'e' at the end of a line are also tagged.
Usage: eres
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Ther
Usage: Prechen
Usage: Casten
Usage: Bisschopes
a very interesting upper case 'B' with the lower case graph preceded by what is almost, but not quite a '2' shape.
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