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Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Newnham College MS 4
Sampled Folios:35r
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Usage: alle
double compartment 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: Mary
the word is within the text but copied in red ink.
Usage: And
Usage: Ac
upper case 'A' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: dome
looped 'd' is used throughout. The lobe is usually very angular.
Usage: world
'd' in final position is tagged.
Usage: laddest
Usage: romed
occasionally the scribe extends the loop of 'd' backwards over previous graphs.
Usage: goon
'g' is double compartment throughout.
Usage: Iugges
The lower compartment generally rests on or just blow the line so the graph is set high in relation to surrounding letters.
Usage: wigh
Usage: Indulgence
the head of 'g' is above the top of surrounding graphs.
Usage: heestes
triangular looped head which rejoins the stem at shoulder-level.
Usage: namelich
the tail-stroke may sweep round clockwise as in version 1 or turn counter-clockwise as in this example.
Usage: erthe
here the tail of 'h' extends clockwise beneath preceding graphs. The length and sweep of the tail of 'h' has an impact on the aspect of the folio.
Usage: How
the upper case graph is the same as the lower case one.
Usage: rede
long 'r' is used all the time and in every position except after 'o'.
Usage: balder
'r' in final position with flourish. The fork of the graph appears at line level.
Usage: forbode
'z'-shaped 'r' with otiose descender from the middle of the lower stroke.
Usage: reherce
Usage: so
sigma 's' is used in initial position.
Usage: lordes
'8'-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: heestes
long 's' is only used in medial positions.
Usage: Soules
upper case 'S' is a sigma shape.
Usage: welthe
'w' is generally looped at the head. There is a 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: yow
Usage: worche
Usage: Wher
upper case 'W' is the same as the lower case graph.
Usage: yow
the tail of 'y' is fine and mostly a straight stroke.
Usage: day
as with 'h', the long, fine tails of 'y' have an impact on the aspect of the folio.
Usage: frayned
Usage: many
occasionally the tail of 'y' turns counter-clockwise.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þt
thorn is used mainly to abreviate 'that' and 'the'.
Usage: þinketh
occasionally thorn is used to replace 'th'.
Usage: nouȝt
the only yogh on the folio.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Is
Usage: To
Usage: Passus
Usage: Mary
Usage: This
these decorated letters appear on the top line of the folio.
Usage: lettred
Usage: techeth
Usage: Eagle
eagle in the lower margin.
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