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As this is a rather informal and cursive hand, the letters can be variable in form. The ones indicated in the demonstration are nice examples of their type, but you will find some others that seem to degenerate into cursive squiggles. This particularly seems to happen with vowels, which can become very confusing. Note the frequent use of capitals at the beginning of common nouns in the middle of a sentence; a common trick of the time.
Minutes of the York Corporation, from the Corporation House Book, of 1542. York City Archives B.16, f.19, by permission of York City Archives.

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Medieval Writing
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