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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Laud misc. 656
Sampled Folios:10r
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Usage: arwes
double compartment 'a' is used throughout but often sloppily formed.
Usage: walles
the lower compartment barely seems to exist in this example.
Usage: assayled
Usage: Assembleden
Usage: ded
'd' is always looped with rounded bowl and loop extending back beyond the bowl.
Usage: donked
Usage: hadde
the size of loop varies in width.
Usage: byholde
Usage: gold
double compartment 'g' has a squat and roundish appearance.
Usage: kyng
'g' in final position with extension from upper lobe going off in an upward direction.
Usage: gret
'g' is more like a figure 8.
Usage: Geten
Usage: hundred
the looped head-stroke is generally triangular. The length of the tail-stroke varies as does the curvature.
Usage: wonderlich
Usage: scholde
Usage: Helmes
there is no difference between upper and lower case graphs.
Usage: riche
long 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: bar
'r' in final positions is frequently flourished.
Usage: garrite
Usage: borow
'z'-shaped 'r' only appears to be used after 'o'.
Usage: spilt
sigma 's' is used in initial and final positions.
Usage: bodies
a crossed head to the sigma 's'.
Usage: stones
long 's' is also used occasionally in initial position and always in medial position.
Usage: Sone
no distinction between upper and lower case graphs.
Usage: walles
a very distinctive 'w' which varies little in shape.
Usage: sorowe
note the size of 'w' in relation to surrounding graphs.
Usage: blowen
Usage: Wt
the scribe always contracts 'with' to 'wt'.
Usage: kyng
'y' is consistently formed. It bears a strong resemblance to thorn in body-shape but is distinguished by the direction of the tail of each graph.
Usage: spoyle
Usage: Hardy
the tail of 'y' curves counter-clockwise.
Usage: many
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þe
the tail of thorn does not return in a counter-clockwise direction.
Usage: Þroȝ
Usage: bryȝt
yogh is used frequently.
Usage: ȝate
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Quarten
Usage: Tille
Usage: Come(n)
Usage: Made
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