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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Hatton 51
Sampled Folios:7r, 100r, 196v
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Usage: al
single compartment 'a' with straight sides and hair-line head-stroke.
Usage: whan
hairlines to join the two down-strokes and close the top and bottom of the graph.
Usage: A weye
very occasionally the scribe uses an upper case graph where a lower case one would be expected.
Usage: And
Usage: delyueraunce
looped 'd' is used most of the time, but the unlooped version is found occasionally as in version 3.
Usage: god
Usage: god
Usage: De
upper case 'D' from the gloss in the scribe's more formal script.
Usage: grete
tailed 'g' with curved down stroke in an 'S' shape with protruding head and short tail.
Usage: kyng
Usage: alyght
Usage: God
the upper case graph tipped with red.
Usage: his
a rounded form of 'h' with thick limb and short tail usually contained neatly beneath the body of the graph.
Usage: nothyng
Usage: ryght
Usage: He
the upper case graph is the same as the lower case one.
Usage: ryght
'z'-shaped 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: emperour
'z'-shaped 'r' to begin with an 'r' formed in the same way in final position but with an extra, but separate, shoulder stroke which here is merely a dash.
Usage: forto
'r' which has the same basic formation as the 'z'-shaped variety but here the shoulder stroke is clearly defined.
Usage: Romayns
a squat upper case version of 'R' comprising three thick strokes.
Usage: son
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions. The head stroke curves upwards to finish.
Usage: his
sigma 's' used in final position.
Usage: Cesaris
both types of 's' may be seen in this word.
Usage: So
the upper case graph.
Usage: wyse
the scribe has at least two forms of 'w', the more cursive one shown here or the looped example seen in version 2.
Usage: wrong
the scribe is usually consistent in the form he uses on different folios. So an entire folio may show only the looped variety and vice versa. This could suggest delay in acquiring different portions of exemplars.
Usage: Whiche
as with the lower case letters, the upper case letter also exists in both versions.
Usage: Wyth
Usage: chyrch
the fork of 'y' is at the lower level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: holy
a more current form of 'y'.
Usage: fyry
Usage: myght
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þt
thorn is almost indistinguishable from 'y'. It is used mainly in conjunction with a superscript letter for abbreviations of 'the' and 'that'.
Usage: þe
Usage: myȝty
the only example of yogh to be found on the three folios examined.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: The
Usage: In
a semi-circular loop to the head of 'I'.
Usage: But
Usage: Ouer
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