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Current Manuscript:Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury School, Confessio Amantis Fragment
Folios:Side 1, side 2
Sampled Folios:One folio fragment used for binding.
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Usage: an
a careful hand with single compartment 'a' used throughout.
Usage: mannes
Usage: Astonede
the scribe has two versions of upper case 'A' visible in this frgament. This version occurs only once.
Usage: And
the version of 'A' which is used consistently on the fragment.
Usage: decided
(first 'd') 'd' in initial position ligatured with the following 'e'. 'd' is always the unlooped variety.
Usage: co(n)founded
Usage: Delicacie
as with 'A', the scribe has two separate forms of upper case 'D'. This one is much more intricate than the version seen in 4.
Usage: Desireth
Usage: gif
tailed 'g' used throughout the fragment.
Usage: cursing
'g' in final position with long vertical tag.
Usage: noght
Usage: Gregorie
upper case 'G' for a name.
Usage: haþe
'h' is neatly and consistently formed.
Usage: chirch
the evenness of the scribe's graphs is remarkable.
Usage: shall
'h' with slightly shortened stem to accommodate the taller stem of ling 's'.
Usage: He
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line tipped with red.
Usage: repente
the only 'r' in initial position. Although faded and in red ink for the gloss it is possible to see that the scribe uses 'z'-shaped 'r' in initial position. It is the only version of 'r' in all positions on the fragment.
Usage: þer
'r' in final position.
Usage: fostred
Usage: for cristis
Usage: soo
long 's' is always used in initial and medial positions. It usually sits on the line.
Usage: his
a very modern form of final 's'.
Usage: is saide
Usage: Sufficeþ
upper case 'S'.
Usage: welle
the only version of 'w' on the second side.
Usage: now
'w' in final position.
Usage: world
though faint it is possible to see that the scribe occasionally uses a different form of 'w' on side 1.
Usage: When
upper case 'W' on the second side.
Usage: yit
'y' in initial position. The tail is straight though the length may vary.
Usage: By
Usage: Eye
Usage: hy(m)
another very short tail.
Usage: þe
the scribe uses thorn mainly for the definite article and pronouns, although he occasionally uses it for a verb ending. Again, it seems to be a matter of choice for the scribe.
Usage: trowþe
thorn may have been used here to shorten the line to justify the margins. On the line below, the rhyming word 'slowthe' is spelt with 'th'.
Usage: þt
Usage: þilke
Upper Case Letters
Usage: To
Usage: And
although difficult to see, the scribe uses two different forms of upper case 'A' on the first side. This is one of them.
Usage: And
the second variant 'A' with open lower compartment and lead-in stroke just about visible beneath the red decoration.
Usage: In
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