Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawl. A. 389

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Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Rawl. A. 389
AltName:SC 11272
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Date and Language
Date:s. xivex
Language: English
Dialect:Scribe of ff. 13r-20r, 85r-99r, 99r-104r - Scribal Dialect: Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, vol. 4, p. 239). Scribe of ff. 77r-81r and ff. 81r-84r - Scribal Dialect: NE Lancashire 'Written probably at Lichfield' (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, vol. 1, p. 150), Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped, LP 21. Ff. 81r-84r - Scribal Dialect: South Nottinghamshire 'but written by a scribe of Lichfield' (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, vol. 1, p. 150), Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped.
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A late fourteenth-century manuscript copied at Lichfield containing various texts in English and Latin including ones by Richard Rolle, Pecham, and Richard Maidstone. Doyle dates the manuscript to 1386-1398 (Doyle 1974, p. 334). Some later additions.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:250 x 170 mm
Collation: iii + 18, 24, 38, 412 (wants 12 - neatly cut), 512, 610, 7-812, 912 (wants 4 (neatly cut), 9-12 (roughly cut)), 10-118, 125 (probably lacks 6-8) + ii.
Layout:Pricking: where visible small horizontal slits. Writing space: prose - single columns: 190 x 130 mm and 39 lines; verse - double columns - 90 x 65 mm and 37 lines; verse - single columns - 200 x 70 mm and 40 lines. Ruling in drypoint.
Writing: Scribe of ff. 1r-11v writing in an Anglicana hand. Scribe of ff. 13r-31v and ff. 77r-105v writing in an Anglicana Formata hand with the Latin in a more formal display script. Scribe of ff. 32r-72v writing in an Anglicana hand. Another scribe writes in an untidy cursive hand of the fifteenth century. His work fills blank spaces in ff. 72v-76v.
Decoration: Text 2, ff. 13r-20v: three-line blue initials with red penwork flourishing along margin (first letter of each Psalm). One-line red and blue Lombardic capitals. Red underlining. Text 3, ff. 21r-25v: three-line blue initial with red penwork begins text. Two-line blue initials with red penwork. Verses bracketed red. Red paraphs. Text 4, ff. 25v-31v: Six-line blue initial with red penwork begins work. Four lines in red introduce work.
Binding: Not medieval - first half of seventeenth century; rebacked in the nineteenth century. Size: 260 x 180 mm. Cover of brown leather with stamped gold shield over pasteboard (armorial bearings of Langley family). Five bands across the spine. Evidence of two metal clasps.
Foliation:ff. iii + 105 + ii. Edden - 'iii (vellum) + 112 + ii. Foliation modern, includes folio cut out at 1(4) excludes one leaf between ff. 32 and 33 (ie E2) and the folios cut out at D12, I9-12' (Edden 1990, pp. 12-14).
Additions:Insertions (see Contents).
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Origin:Probably written during the episcopate of Richard Scrope at Lichfield (Doyle 1974, p. 334. McIntosh 1963, p. 7).
Provenance:Various scribbles on f. 105v 'liber est Iohn Roodhill' in a fifteenth-century hand. 'liber est ?'. Ker notes that, 'Reedhill was prebend of Upton from 16 February 1451-2, Rynold from 27 January 1471-2; the manuscript belonged to the prebends of Lichfield from at least the second half of the fifteenth century' (1985, pp. 281, 288-289). The manuscript was at Lichfield Cathedral from c. 1470 until 1627.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, March 2004.
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Related Manuscripts and other documents Scribal Scribe of ff. 1-11v was also responsible for Cambridge, Trinity College, MS 383 (R.3.8) (McIntosh 1963, p. 7). The fragment of the Penitential Psalms found in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Eng. poet. e. 17 was also written by a scribe of this manuscript.
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