Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby 102

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Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Digby 102
AltName:SC 1703
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Date and Language
Date:s. xv2
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect (beginning to f. 139r): Worcestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 387 243, LP 7770 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 250).
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A mid to late fifteenth-century copy of Piers Plowman, C-text, along with various English poems and Richard Maidstone's Penitential Psalms. Poems refer to events up to 1418 (Edden 1990, p. 18) and appear to be 'specifically designed to assist the laity in preparation for the sacraments' (Edden 1990, p. 12).

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:225 x 155 mm
Collation: iv + [1, 2 - now lost]; 3-58; 64 (wants 4); 7-138; 148 (wants 8); 15-198; 204; + iv.
Layout:Pricking: not visible. Writing space of 150 x 100 mm. Single columns with 38 lines and ruling in drypoint.
Writing: One scribe writing black ink, now faded, in a small, angular, closely-written Anglicana hand. Characteristics: double compartment a with the left side of the a like a backwards 3 and not quite joining the descender; dotted y; ž; reversed circular e; B-shaped w; hooked ascender to h; hooked descender to h; long s in medial position. Body height: 2 mm.
Decoration: Two-line blue Lombardic initials with red penwork flourishing. Some words in red. Single red stroke between various words. Underlining in red. Profile head, f. 20v.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 230 x 160 mm. Cover of tan leather with usual Digby arms stamped in gold on front mitred and pasted over pasteboard. Four raised double bands across the spine. The remains of two clasps can be seen on the outer cover.
Foliation:ff. iv + 141 + ii
Condition:Good but binding coming apart.
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Origin:Unknown. On f. 13r in the hand that numbered the quires is written the date 1420.
Provenance:Ff. 97r and 139v a rebus which seems to contain the letters 'H E R O N' (Russell and Kane 1997, p. 16). According to Schaap, the manuscript was owned by Sir Thomas Allen, 1540-1632, a 'renowned Oxford scholar' (2001 p. 82).
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, June 2004.
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