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Current Manuscript:London, British Library, MS Additional 12043
Sampled Folios:24v
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Usage: al
the single compartment 'a' is used throughout for the lower case graph with varying degrees of formality.
Usage: many
a squarer lobe in this example.
Usage: And
on some folios this version of upper case 'A' is used almost as much as version 4 which is the scribe's more usual choice.
Usage: Amonge
Usage: don
'd' is angular in appearance and unusual in the sense that the loop resolves on the lower part of the lobe leaving an 'open' centre.
Usage: peined
Usage: drede
Usage: Discouere
upper case 'D; with loop resolving back to the point where the looped stroke began.
Usage: gode
formal tailed 'g' with very angular upper compartment.
Usage: longe
sometimes the end of the curved tail connects back to the pointed lower left side of the upper compartment.
Usage: wight
Usage: degre
Usage: hier
'h' also appears angular with exaggerated foot at the base of the stem and small neat head-loop.
Usage: touch
'h' is often crossed when following 't', 'g' and 'c'. The crossing may occur within a word as well as when 'h' is in final position.
Usage: thoght
crossed 'h' following 't'.
Usage: His
no difference between upper and lower case 'h' except perhaps in size.
Usage: reson
modern 'r' is used in initial, medial and final positions.
Usage: other
Usage: enformed
on the folios examined, 'z'-shaped 'r' is only used after o. The script may be more or less formal but the scribe is consistent in the formation and selection of his graphs.
Usage: reuers
Usage: semblant
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: this
final 's' is always the graph used in this example. Sometimes it appears to be more of an 8-shaped letter and at others it seems to be a kidney-shaped version.
Usage: passen
Usage: So
doubled serpentine 's' as the upper case letter.
Usage: wight
'w' is looped at the head of the central stroke. The head of the left limb may be left open or may connect with the central stroke.
Usage: throw
'w's are again angular with exaggerated feet and a squared-off lobe to the right.
Usage: afterward
the top of 'w' is well above the level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: Whan
there is no difference between upper and lower case graphs.
Usage: eny
the left arm of 'y' descends vertically. The tail is neatly contained turning counter-clockwise.
Usage: lightly
Usage: mony
'y' is often dotted.
Usage: many
Usage: ȝere
yogh is used infrequently but is in the scribe's repertoire.
Usage: ȝit
Usage: þe
thorn does not appear at all on some folios but is used occasionally in the later part of the manuscript.
Usage: worþ
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
Usage: Bot
Usage: If
Usage: Er
Decorated Ascenders
Usage: Thoro
ascenders on the top lines of some folios attract a variety of decorative finishes.
Usage: loue
Usage: hiere
Usage: thei
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