Oxford, Corpus Christi College, 431

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Repository: Corpus Christi College
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Date and Language
Date:s. xiv2
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect: Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 378 187, LP 7010 (McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin 1986, p. 196).
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A mid to late fourteenth-century copy of the South English Legendary in one hand now in poor condition. The fragmentary leaves of the manuscript have now been remounted separately.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:230 x 130 mm
Collation: All leaves are now mounted separately but Görlach (1974, p. 105) suggests: 112 (1, 3, 10 lost), 212, 312 (5-6 lost after f. 26), 412. Catchword, f. 43v.
Layout:Writing space: height - 175 mm. Single columns with 40-41 lines. Ruled in pencil.
Writing: One scribe throughout (also the rubricator) using Textura and Anglicana Formata, but closer to Textura. Görlach (1974, p. 105) describes the script as 'a heavy textura with 'bitings''. The text has thick strokes giving a chunky appearance. The ascenders never extend much below or above the level of writing. Characteristics: double compartment a with straight back and the two lobes resemble a reversed B; d with a rounded lobe which does not meet with the thick ascender slightly bending on the right; B-shaped w with an open bending backwards stroke from the bottom of the back of B; round-headed g; long and short r are used both in medial and final position; long and sigma s used regularly; dotted y; the stem of ş is slightly bent towards the left at 45 degrees, ending with a small tail and a shaft that does not extend past the stem/descender, it is used regularly in initial and final position, rounded head. Body height: 2.5 mm.
Decoration:F. 1r - space for eight-line capital. Red rubrics.
Binding: Manuscript rebound when the fragmentary leaves were mounted on parchment.
Foliation:ff. iv + 44 + ii
Additions:A list of fourteen names in a fifteenth-century hand, including Bowlond, is on f. iii. A list of twenty-six personal names in a fifteenth-century hand, including Wylyngham, is on f. ivv. The name of a field is written against each of them. In a fifteenth-century hand on f. 44r - directions for saying prayers, '...and as offt asse he seyş şis orisonys he schal haffe xld[...] pardon...'.
Condition:Poor. Single flyleaves now mounted on parchment and bound together. Complete text only on ff. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 24, 25, 28, 34, 39.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, August 2003 and Orietta Da Rold, University of Birmingham, June 2005. Described with reference to Ker 1983.
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