Oxford, Bodleian Library, Laud Misc. 486

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Repository:áBodleian Library
Idno:Laud Misc. 486
AltName:SC 1186
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Date and Language
Date:s. xiv/xv
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Late fourteenth-century/early fifteenth-century copy of the Prick of Conscience followed by Gregory's Pastoral Care in Latin.

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Physical Description
Extent:207 x 137 mm
Collation:Sixteen quires of twelve, apart from quire 110, quire 118, and quire 1510. Catchwords throughout apart from penultimate quire, 15. Catchword on f. 10v in scroll.
Layout:Pricking not visible. Writing space of 160 x c. 80 mm. Single columns with 35-38 lines. Ruling not visible.
Writing: One scribe writing in an Anglicana Formata script. Characteristics: dotted y; double compartment g; long s in medial position; double compartment d; B-shaped w; horizontal serif on ascender of h with hooked descender; ; ?; extension of ascender into top margin for one letter on the top lines of Gregory's Pastoral Care, sometimes drawn into a kite shape and coloured red. Body height: 2 mm.
Decoration: In red: rubrics, initials, underlining, penwork flourishing, cuff details on hands. First letter of each line infilled with red. F. 1r: Large blue initial S of 'Stimulus' with elongated red penwork topped with a crown, outlined in blue and infilled with red. Two-line initials in blue with red flourished penwork - ff. 3v, 4r, 13r, 23r, 35v. F. 122r: drawing of bust of Bishop of Lincoln (presumed author of Prick of Conscience) in mitre and amice with apparel in dull red and pink with dull brown hair. Nota bene: two hands with red cuff detail - ff. 1r, 35v. Later drawings: profile heads, f. 169v - c. sixteenth century.
Binding: Medieval, c. 1390-1410. Covered in white leather, mitred and pasted. Size: 225 x 130 mm. Support of bevelled (15 mm) oak boards; channels for two leather straps cut out on front cover; inside front cover and inside back cover - channels for thongs visible with two v-shaped channels at top and bottom of board with three staggered channels between, the middle channel being slightly shorter. Sewn with split leather thongs; wooden pegs remain holding thongs in peg-holes. Four bands across the spine. Remains of one leather strap on front cover.
Foliation:ff. i + 174 + ii
Additions:F. i verso (flyleaf) four hands: 1 - two lines of Latin (fifteenth/sixteenth century); 2 - 'A gode medisyn for ...' (6 lines) (fifteenth/sixteenth century); 3 - six lines of Latin (fifteenth/sixteenth century); 4 - 'Contenta hujus m. s. Grosthead Stimulus Conscientia Gregor de Cura Pastorali' (?seventeenth century). F. 1v - 'Liber Guilielmi Laud Archiepiscopi Cantuar': et Cancellar' Vniuersitatis Oxoniensis 1633.' F. 175v - note of birth of Margaret de Eston in 1334. F. 176v - pen trials and 'O blessid lady ...', 'O blessid lady prised of ...' (?sixteenth century). Other seventeenth-century inscriptions on ff. 16r, 37r, 40r, 43r.
Condition:In good condition with its original medieval binding.
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Provenance:F. 175v - late fifteenth/early sixteenth-century hand - note of the birth of in 1334, 'Margareta de eston nata errata in die sancti mathie apostolic inter horam x am et xi am anno Regis Edwardi iii ii post conquestum viii'.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded by Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, July 2003.
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Related Manuscripts Lewis and McIntosh list three other manuscripts they believe to be very closely related to this copy of the Prick of Conscience: Brussels, BibliothŔque, MS Royale Albert, I, IV 998 (Dialect: Devon); Leeds, University Library, MS Brotherton 500 (Dialect: North West Worcestershire); Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 14 (Dialect: Devon). The group is derived from the Vernon subgroup of the Prick of Conscience and related to the Lichfield subgroup (Lewis and McIntosh 1982, p. 105).
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