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Current Manuscript:London, British Library, Cotton Vespasian B.XVI
Sampled Folios:51v
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Usage: a
double compartment anglicana 'a' used throughout. The scribe is extremely cinsistent although the size of the upper and lower compartments does vary slightly in size at times.
Usage: passus
red glosses within the text box in the hand of the scribe.He does not adopt any kind of display script.
Usage: And
there is only one version of upper case 'A', formed as seen in this example. The shape hardly varies.
Usage: As
Usage: dowel
neat and regular formation of looped 'd'.
Usage: dobet
in some places, the loop is not quite completed.
Usage: hadde
Usage: And
Usage: greuen
double compartment 'g' is used throughout. The stroke from the right of the upper comnpartment is a scooped stroke combining with what in other hands appears as a horizontal extension. The lower compartment is often triangular in shape.
Usage: IPassyng
Usage: gan
sometimes the scribe does not complete the lower compartment, leaving a small space between upper and lower on the right side. A hairline stroke links the head.
Usage: Gretli
the upper case graph at the beginning of a line.
Usage: han
notched head at the top of the stem thick stroke for shoulder to limb and fine tail-stroke angling clockwise sharply beneath the body of the graph.
Usage: recche
Usage: Hic
from the Latin incipit and to reinforce the presentation of upper case 'H' also seen in version 4.
Usage: How
a strange upper case graph for 'H'.
Usage: restitue
long 'r' is used in all positions except where 'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o' and several round-bodied graphs.
Usage: after
long 'r' in final position with upturn from the shoulder.
Usage: laborers
long 'r' and 'z'-shaped 'r' in this example.
Usage: frere
Usage: seide
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: was
flat-headed greek sigma 's' for the final position.
Usage: penaunceles
Usage: Selde
upper case 'S' tipped with red ink at the beginning of a line.
Usage: wiþ
'w' has split heads to the arms and a 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: þow
'w' in final position.
Usage: Lewede
Usage: dowel
'w' in the red ink of the gloss.
Usage: wissyng
the left arm of 'y' drops vertically to the lower level of surrounding graphs. The right arm begins at the same height, angles away with a thick stroke then turns acutely and a fine stroke joins the lower end of the left arm before curving counter-clockwise, again with a thick stroke.
Usage: prouyncial
'y' is always dotted.
Usage: pecunyous
a 'y' with a straight tail.
Usage: eyne
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þow
thorn is used throughout for 'th'.
Usage: welþe
Usage: ȝif
yogh is used occasionally. It may or may not be used as equivalent to the 'gh' sound. it is mainly used to represent 'y'.
Usage: eyȝe
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