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Current Manuscript:London, Lincoln's Inn Library MS Hale 150
Sampled Folios:109r
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Usage: an
'a' is always double compartment with flattened head to the upper lobe.
Usage: fairy
Usage: may
the top of 'a' almost always stands above surrounding letters.
Usage: And
Usage: dale
'd' is always looped with rounded bowl and triangular-shaped loop above, often extending back over previous graphs.
Usage: Y schaped
the loop of 'd' resting on the top of the previous 'e'.
Usage: bedde
Usage: world
the length of the stem of 'l' prevents the loop of 'd' from extending too far backwards.
Usage: gylelas
'g' is an 8-shaped graph with upper compartment usually bigger than the lower.
Usage: wandryng
'g' in final position is frequently tagged.
Usage: beggers
Usage: sagh
notable here is the size of 'g' compared with the previous 'sa'. It looks squashed, despite being the same height as the shoulder of 'h' in the following graph.
Usage: hermyte
'h' usually has a triangular looped head-stroke.
Usage: worthy
the tail extension from the limb sweeps beneath preceding graphs.
Usage: foghten
Usage: liflode heore
here the sweeping tale extends back beneath the last graph of the previous word.
Usage: risyth
long 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: somer
the shoulder of final 'r' ends with a scooped shoulder-stroke turning upwards.
Usage: world
on the folio examined, 'z'-shaped 'r' is only used after 'o'. The thick otiose stroke from the lower left of the graph curves round and on occasions forms a complete circle.
Usage: dark
Usage: seson
sigma 's' is used in initial and final positions.
Usage: wastours
Usage: chesen
long 's' is used in medial positions.
Usage: Sory
Usage: wyde
'w' is another graph, like 'a' which stands above surrounding graphs.
Usage: sowyng
'w' in the middle of a word yet still towering above the letters before and after.
Usage: twene
Usage: treoweliche
more examples to show the height of 'w'.
Usage: by
'y' is almost always dotted. The right limb of 'y' curves back to join the left limb forming a square-shaped body.
Usage: wery
the tail is deeply curved first to the left then back to the right.
Usage: glotonye
Usage: fairy
here the tail may be seen curving back above the graph to provide the dot.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þe
thorn is used mainly for the definite article and for the abbreviation of 'that'.
Usage: þt
Usage: ȝeode
yogh occurs on this folio only as equivalent of 'y'.
Usage: ȝef
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Coueite
Usage: I
Usage: Bote
Usage: Pilgryms
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