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Current Manuscript:Cambridge, St John's College MS B.12 (34)
Sampled Folios:8r, 94v
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Usage: was
double compartment 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: strange
the upper compartment is more usually smaller than the lower one, as in this example.
Usage: And
the scribe has several upper case 'A's.
Usage: And
Usage: day
'd' is an oddly shaped graph with oblique down-stroke rather than a conventional loop. However, the scribe adds two angled strokes to form a triangular addition at the head. It may be the initiaion of the first stroke.
Usage: and
Usage: world
where the preceding graph takes up the space at the head, the scribe does not bother to make any further addition.
Usage: Debet
the upper case 'D'.
Usage: grete
on f8r, close to the beginning of the manuscript, nearly all the scribe's 'g's are tailed, with or without a hairline to join back to the upper lobe.
Usage: gold
further on in the manuscript, the scribe's graphs are a more conventional double compartment graph.
Usage: gret
occasionally the lower compartment is not closed.
Usage: nought
Usage: hit
the tail descending from the limb may leave at an oblique angle as here.
Usage: Which
the limb and tail-stroke may also be gently curved as in this example.
Usage: He
an example of upper case 'H' from later in the manuscript.
Usage: Hit
a more elaborate version found at the beginning of the manuscript.
Usage: reule
long 'r' is used throughout in all positions. However, the graph rarely extends below the line although it is still beneath the lower level of following graphs.
Usage: wher
'r' standing on the line.
Usage: hors
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o' and round-bodied graphs.
Usage: writinges
Usage: strecche
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: is
a form of 6-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: prologus
's' in final position, basically of the 6-shaped variety but with scooped head-stroke with long curved extension. This word is not at the end of a line.
Usage: So
Usage: werre
the middle limb extends well above the left limb. A separate stroke is added to the middle arm turning to the right and ending above the 'B'-shaped element which finishes the graph.
Usage: wheche
Usage: now
Usage: Which
'W' in first position in a line. It is exactly comparable to the lower case versions.
Usage: syde
'y' has a short straight tail and is always topped by a comma-type of stroke.
Usage: day
Usage: þy
Usage: eny
Usage: þer
thorn is used frequently. The stem is always set at an angle.
Usage: haþ
thorn is always used for the ending in the present tense of verbs.
Usage: þinges
thorn frequently replaces 'th' throughout.
Usage: lackeþ
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Til
Usage: Bote
an interesting and unusual form of upper case 'B'.
Usage: I
an unusual upper case 'I' with three or four 'fins' to the left of the stem.
Usage: Or
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