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For questions relating to the study of ancient writing systems and the deciphering and dating of historical manuscripts, and individual letter-forms, ligatures, punctuation, and abbreviations.

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Why does "s" have different forms?

Why does "s" in the Bath Old English Gospels (p. 10) have different forms? soþlice se steorra and, lo, the star (Matthew 2:9)
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What does the grapheme 'm̃' (m with a diacritical tilde) mean in English? Was it in use?

In a historical English book published in 1875, the grapheme 'm̃' (m with a diacritical tilde) is used in the title. Ye parish of Cam̃erwell : a brief account of the parish of Camberwell : its ...
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Meaning of Log [long] Life from 1564?

I was reading 16th century texts with early descriptions of the Americas for a poem I am writing and came across this delightful, yet quite cryptic and arcane phrase: "log life" but this ...
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What is the Middle English letter?

What is the Middle English letter? Wycliffe's Bible (page 16) Mt.5:27 Studylight: "Ye han herd that it was seid to elde men, Thou schalt `do no letcherie." King James Bible: "Ye have heard that ...
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What is the letter combination?

What is the Middle English letter combination? In Mk.9:4 Studylight says it is "pp", but in Mt.21:26 it is not "pp". Wycliffe's Bible (page 76) Mk.9:4 Studylight: "...and Helie with Moises ...
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Spelling of Middle English "narrow"

What is Middle English spelling of "narrow"? Studylight says "narwy", but in my opinion the forth letter is "r". Wycliffe's Bible (page 19) Mt.7:14 Studylight: "...hou streit is the yate, and ...
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Does Middle English "w" relate to "uȝ"?

Does Middle English "w" relate to "uȝ"? plow plouȝ enow enouȝ raw rouȝ draw drouȝ tow touȝ
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What does Middle English "bihiȝten" mean?

What does Middle English "bihiȝten" mean? Wycliffe's Bible (page 87) Mk.14:11 Studylight: "And thei herden, and ioyeden, and bihiyten to yyue hym money. And he souyt hou he schulde bitraye hym ...
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What is the difference between "if" and "ȝif"?

What is the difference between Middle English "if" and "ȝif"? Wycliffe Bible Mt.6:23 In accordance with studylight.org: "...bodi shal be liytful; 23 but if thin iye be weiward, al thi bodi shal be ...
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In 1395, why was "her" used instead of "their"?

Why was "her" used here? Wycliffe Bible Mk.1:20 In accordance with studylight.org: "...brother, in a boot makynge nettis. 20 And anoon he clepide hem; and thei leften Zebedee, her fadir, in the ...
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