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Current Manuscript:USA, Chicago, IL, Newberry Library MS f.33.7
Sampled Folios:1r, 30r, 39v
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Usage: and
both single and double compartment 'a' are used. The hand is very variable with preferences for different forms of graph depending on stint.
Usage: hath
an oval version of the single compartment.
Usage: And
Usage: As
Usage: deth
'd' is always looped with a very angular bowl although a rounder version is also used at times.
Usage: groundid
angular and rounded in one word.
Usage: Hadde
Usage: Dede
the upper case version.
Usage: youre gude
'g' is tailed and the tail extends backwards under several graphs in a curve.
Usage: kyng
Usage: Rightwisnesse
Usage: of gou(er)nance
on the bottom line of the folio hence the licence to curve the tail counter-clockwise at the end, as well as avoiding the descender of 'f'.
Usage: hath
'h' is consistently neat.
Usage: deth
'h' after 't' or 'g' in final position is usually crossed.
Usage: right
Usage: Hadde
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line. Note the extra loop to the left of the stem.
Usage: riche
all forms of 'r' are used, again according to stint. 'r' in initial position may be modern 'r', long 'r' or even 'z'-shaped 'r', see version 3.
Usage: declar(e)
'r' in final position may also be either long 'r' or modern 'r'. Here long 'r' with flourish to represent a missing 'e'.
Usage: rich
'z'-shaped 'r' in initial position.
Usage: Ryght
a very angular form of the upper case graph.
Usage: swich
either sigma or long 's' is used in initial position.
Usage: Epistles
kidney-shaped 's' is usually used in final position.
Usage: sitten
occasionally the head-stroke of long 's' extends over the top of several succeeding graphs.
Usage: Stoppith
Usage: wiche
'w' also comes in variety. Here a simple looped version which is basically two 'v's..
Usage: wittes
this 'w' alternates with version 1 to no apparent pattern.
Usage: What
found at the beginning of a stanza and with rather exaggerated head-strokes. Notice the foot at the base of the initial stroke and the 'B'-shaped element at the right.
Usage: Whos
'W' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: myghty
the shape of the body of 'y' varies little. The tail may be thin, thick, curved or straight.
Usage: y
Usage: youre
Usage: may
a very fine oblique stroke as the tail.
Usage: þe
thorn is used frequently. It is used for the usual articles and adjectives but also as a replacement 'th' in places.
Usage: Þogh
what may be the scribe's upper case 'Thorn' at the beginning of a line. An exggerated hook as an approach stroke and two dots at the left of the shaft
Usage: worþinesse
the stem of thorn is very thick and tapers as it descends.
Usage: þerynne
the lobe of thorn is small in comparison with the length and thickness of the stem.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Iuge
'I' is distinctive and may be traced throughout the manuscript although the hand varies at times.
Usage: But
Usage: To
Usage: Of
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