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Current Manuscript:USA, Philadelphia, PA, Rosenbach Museum & Library MS 1083/30
Sampled Folios:77r, I-8v
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Usage: and
single compartment 'a' is used throughout. This flat-topped variety is more common in the scribe's more formal script.
Usage: shal
a more relaxed, rounded version of 'a'.
Usage: Allas
the scribe has several forms of upper case 'A'.
Usage: And
this version is probably the most represented.
Usage: dewe
looped 'd' with angular lower lobe.
Usage: And
Usage: goddis
examples of both angular and oval lower lobes.
Usage: Do
an upper case version of the graph.
Usage: go
tailed 'g' is used throughout on the folios examined.
Usage: conqueryng
the tail curves clockwise and may continue round to join the body of the graph.
Usage: rightwisnesse
the horizontal slash leaves the body of the graph from the centre.
Usage: Good
the upper case version of 'G'.
Usage: his
'h' has a looped head-stroke arching over the top of the shoulder. The limb may curve clockwise to begin with the tail-stroke often turning counter-clockwise.
Usage: feyth
Usage: thou
Usage: Hath
upper case 'H' has a distinct foot on the stem and a head-stroke which leaves the stem at an angle rather than the smooth loop of the lower case graph.
Usage: rightwisnesse
modern 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: your
on the two folios examined, modern 'r' was used after 'o' and there is no evidence of 'z'-shaped 'r'.
Usage: erre
Usage: Right
the upper case version of the graph.
Usage: sentence
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: endeles
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
Usage: worthynesse
the bodies of the double long 's' merge into one another in the middle.
Usage: So
Usage: werre
two distinct versions of 'w' appear on the two folios examined. The distribution of the different graphs is haphazard. This version of 'w' is the cursive form with long curving approach stroke.
Usage: wordys
here 'w' is distinctly made up of two separate 'v' s.
Usage: now
even when 'w' is within a word, the approach stroke still seems to be used making an over-sized graph.
Usage: What
a rather grander and taller cursive version at the beginning of a line.
Usage: yevith
the left arm of 'y' is generally a vertical stroke often with curved approach stroke to the head.
Usage: thy
the long curving tails of 'y' have an immediate visual impact when looking at an entire folio.
Usage: feyth
sharply angled counter-clockwise turn for the tail-stroke.
Usage: Yf
upper case graph with extended left arm.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: That
two versions of upper case 'T' are demonstrated here.
Usage: To
Usage: But
Usage: And
Chaucer Portrait
Usage: The portrait of Chaucer in the margin, on the folio with signature I 8.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP