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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 35
Sampled Folios:8v
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Usage: and
single compartment lower case 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: as
Usage: A
the lower compartment of upper case 'A' may be rounded or more angular as in version 4.
Usage: And
Usage: deuocion
'd' is looped and upright. The lobe may be either angular or rounded.
Usage: shuld
in final position 'd' often has a trailing tag.
Usage: goddes
Usage: biden
'd' with open centre.
Usage: gold
secretary 'g' with horizontal cross-stroke at the head.
Usage: goddes
the tail of 'g' is generally quite short and may curve either clockwise or counter-clockwise.
Usage: Feynyng
Usage: Glade
upper case 'G'.
Usage: helpe
'h' is compact and usually has a waving limb-stroke which bends first clockwise then the tail-stroke turns counter-clockwise.
Usage: which
Usage: plight
one of the only occasions when the tail of 'h' does not change direction to finish.
Usage: Howe
Usage: rich
both modern and long 'r' are used with modern 'r' the preferred graph.
Usage: after
the stem of 'r' may be an oblique line turning at the foot as in the first example, or it may be crescent-shaped as here.
Usage: wrought
long 'r' is used occasionally.
Usage: her(e)
'r' in final position with flourish denoting final 'e'.
Usage: souerayn
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: goddes
sigma 's' is used in final position.
Usage: shrifte
occasionally the shaft of long 's' is split.
Usage: She
Usage: woman
'w' is consistently formed with a long left arm which extends above the rest of the graph.
Usage: rewle
even when 'w' is in the middle of a word the formation is the same.
Usage: how
Usage: Which
in initial position whether upper or lower case, there is usually a fine approach stroke.
Usage: ys
'y' is usually, though not always, dotted.
Usage: nyght
the tail of 'y' varies in curvature.
Usage: Honestly
Usage: ynnocence
Usage: haþe
thorn is used frequently in all the usual instances but also as replacement for 'th'.
Usage: þynge
the stem of thorn is a curve, and when in initial position, with an approach stroke to begin.
Usage: goþe
Usage: Þis
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
Usage: Be
Usage: Ordeyned
Usage: Pawlyn
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