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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Oriel College MS 79, Part I
Sampled Folios:9v
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Usage: a
double compartment 'a' used throughout. The lower compartment is generally smaller than the upper one.
Usage: spake
Usage: Cesar
Usage: Ac
upper case 'A' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: dale
'd' is looped and consistent in appearance.
Usage: god
Usage: dredeful
the loop of 'd' has more of a horizontal rather than a vertical aspect.
Usage: wolde
Usage: goost
'g' is also consistently formed.
Usage: gutte
there is often an oblique otiose stroke from the lower left point of the lower compartment. It matches the angle of the otiose stroke from 'z'-shaped 'r' and the fine straight tails of 'y', 'h' and yogh.
Usage: kyng
'g' in final position is often tagged with a vertical descender from the horizontal dash.
Usage: Go
Usage: hym
the head of 'h' is sometimes open but more often has a triangular looped head. The tail is often fine and straight and descends at an oblique angle from the limb-stroke which ends in line with the base of the stem.
Usage: loth
Usage: hy(m)
triangular head-stroke.
Usage: myche
Usage: rule
modern 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: better
in final position the tip of the shoulder stroke turns up.
Usage: acombred
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o' and round-bodied graphs.
Usage: Reddite
Usage: seyden
sigma 's' is frequently used in initial position.
Usage: gyrles
'8'-shaped 's' is used in final position. There is usually an otiose stroke going off upwards at an oblique angle.
Usage: tresore
long 's' is used in medial and sometimes in initial position.
Usage: seluen
Usage: wolde
the limbs of 'w' are straight with 'B'-shaped element to finish.
Usage: ȝow
Usage: was
Usage: What
Usage: ymage
the left arm of 'y' descends vertically as far as the line. The right arm curves round to join the left and they meet just below the level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: peny
the tail is straight and descends at an oblique angle.
Usage: to gydere
Usage: hy(m)
macron over 'y' for the missing 'm'.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þat
thorn is used quite regularly in all positions.
Usage: stondiþ
Usage: ȝe
yogh is also used quite frequently as equivalent of both 'gh' and 'y'.
Usage: syȝt
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Telle
Usage: Þan(n)e
upper case Thorn with hook at the head.
Usage: Ne
Usage: I
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