single compartment 'a' is used throughout. This flat-topped variety is more common in the scribe's more formal script.
a more relaxed, rounded version of 'a'.
the scribe has several forms of upper case 'A'.
this version is probably the most represented.
looped 'd' with angular lower lobe.
examples of both angular and oval lower lobes.
an upper case version of the graph.
tailed 'g' is used throughout on the folios examined.
the tail curves clockwise and may continue round to join the body of the graph.
the horizontal slash leaves the body of the graph from the centre.
the upper case version of 'G'.
'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.
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.
modern 'r' is used in all positions.
on the two folios examined, modern 'r' was used after 'o' and there is no evidence of 'z'-shaped 'r'.
the upper case version of the graph.
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
the bodies of the double long 's' merge into one another in the middle.
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.
here 'w' is distinctly made up of two separate 'v' s.
even when 'w' is within a word, the approach stroke still seems to be used making an over-sized graph.
a rather grander and taller cursive version at the beginning of a line.
the left arm of 'y' is generally a vertical stroke often with curved approach stroke to the head.
the long curving tails of 'y' have an immediate visual impact when looking at an entire folio.
sharply angled counter-clockwise turn for the tail-stroke.
upper case graph with extended left arm.
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two versions of upper case 'T' are demonstrated here.
Usage: The portrait of Chaucer in the margin, on the folio with signature I 8.
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