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Current Manuscript:London, British Library, Harley MS 875
Sampled Folios:22r
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Usage: as
double compartment 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: penaunce
usually the upper compartment is smaller than the lower one.
Usage: can
the head of 'a' is usually above the level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: bona
Usage: do wel
'd' has a generous loop above a smaller hooked lobe (see version 3).
Usage: p(ar)don(n)
sometimes the loop of 'd' is not closed.
Usage: fynde
a rather larger loop for this version of 'd'.
Usage: medio
a 'd' with reverse formation of the loop, in the display script of the scribe used for the Latin headings.
Usage: gon
'g' is a double compartment graph with a triangular lower lobe.
Usage: among
Usage: to gedris
an incomplete triangle for the lower compartment.
Usage: egerunt
Usage: haue
'h' has a triangular shaped head-stroke.
Usage: her(e)
the tail stroke tapers in a gentle curve.
Usage: haue
occasionally the tail is flicked counter-clockwise to finish.
Usage: englisch
Usage: riȝt
long 'r' is used most of the time in all positions.
Usage: her
in final position 'r' is frequently flourished.
Usage: broken
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o' and round-bodied graphs.
Usage: hertis
modern 'r' is also used occasionally.
Usage: shalt
sigma 's' is used as well as long 's' in initial position. It is also used in final position.
Usage: bestis
8-shaped 's' is only used in final position.
Usage: sawis
Usage: strengþe
long 's' is used initially and medially.
Usage: wilde
'w' is distinctive with the head-stroke of the left limb curving over the remainder of the graph.
Usage: wrouȝt
the curving head-stroke from the left limb usually connects with the middle stroke or the 'B'-shaped element at the right.
Usage: sowing
Usage: plowman
Usage: þy
'y' is frequently dotted.
Usage: lyf
the tail of 'y' does not usually extend far below the graph. It looks as though the scribe miscalculated the right stroke so added an 'extra' to join the two sides.
Usage: yuel
Usage: may
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: deþ
thorn is used on almost every occasion as a replacement for 'th'.
Usage: siþþe
the lobe of thorn is sometimes as long as the stem.
Usage: wrou[ygh]t
yogh is used as equivalent of both 'gh' and also of 'y'.
Usage: plowȝ
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Qui
Usage: Pet(er)
Usage: In
Usage: Si
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