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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Digby 171
Sampled Folios:21r
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Usage: and
double compartment 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: haue
the stroke at the right is thick and straight.
Usage: And
this particular upper case 'A' may be seen frequently in the hands of London Letter Book H. It is often used when the word 'Alderman' is written.
Usage: And
the scribe has several forms of upper case 'A'.
Usage: draper
looped 'd' used throughout.
Usage: qd
the abbreviation for 'quod' attracts the usual tag on the semi-superscript 'd'.
Usage: wedde
Usage: and
a very small lobe for this 'd'.
Usage: galoun
'g' is always a double compartment letter.
Usage: gile
the lower compartment tends to be triangular in aspect with one side of the triangle completed by a hairline stroke.
Usage: herberghed
Usage: goode
Usage: holde
'h' is evenly formed.
Usage: when
the head-loop is triangular in shape, again with one of its sides completed by a hairline stroke.
Usage: chaumbre
an 'h' from the top line where the scribe elongates some graphs.
Usage: Heo
at the beginning of a line so possibly the upper case graph which is no different from the lower case one.
Usage: repentaunce
long 'r' is used throughout in all positions.
Usage: after
at the end of the shoulder of 'r', a tiny upward flick when the 'r' is in final position.
Usage: for
'z'-shaped 'r' only follows 'o' on this folio.
Usage: Repentest
a rounded version of upper case 'R'.
Usage: saide
long 's' actually has quite a short stem. It is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: lombardes
a cross between a kidney-shaped 's' and an 8-shaped 's'. Used in final position as well as version 3.
Usage: pais
this 's' with horizontal top stroke with slight upturn is used in final position.
Usage: So
Usage: wordes
'w' usually stands slightly above the level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: Now
there is always a 'B'-shaped element at the right.
Usage: wynter
Usage: When
the upper case graph is the same as the lower case one.
Usage: Nay
the body of 'y' forms a square-shaped 'u' with the initiation of the tail stroke forming the base of the 'u' before curling back counter-clockwise.
Usage: meny
Usage: tyme
the tail of 'y' sometimes extends backwards, connecting clumsily with the previous graph.
Usage: redely
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: Wiþ
thorn is used for all the usual words as well as replacing 'th' on occasions.
Usage: boþe
Usage: bouȝht
yogh seems to be used as equivalent only to the 'g' in the 'gh' combination.
Usage: ȝouthe
here yogh is used as equivalent to 'y'.
Usage: ȝut
an interesting and individual graph for yogh with curved approach to the head, large upper element and more stunted tail.
Usage: ȝud
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