Cambridge, King's College, 13

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Part 1: | Contents | Physical Description |
Part 2: | Contents | Physical Description | History | Record History | Bibliography |


Shelfmark
Country:England
Settlement:Cambridge
Repository: King's College
Idno:13
AltName:
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Date and Language
Date:s. xiv
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect (Part II): Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 376 221, LP 7160 (McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin 1986, p. 196).
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Part 1

Contents
Two fourteenth-century manuscripts bound together and containing William of Palerne and the South English Legendary (Guddat-Figge 1976, p. 84, Brown 1927, p. xix). The language of William of Palerne is very mixed and 'defies a precise localisation' although it is thought that the two manuscripts were bound together from an early date (Bunt 1985, p. 9).

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Physical Description
Form:Codex
Support: Parchment
Extent:296 mm x 197 mm
Collation:Unable to collate. James states that the collation was 'a12 (1, 2, 3, 10 wanting), b12, c12, d10, e12, f10, g10, h8' (James 1895, p. 22).
Layout:Pricking visible. Ruled for 34-36 lines in reddish brown. Single columns. First letter of each line slightly detached.
Writing: Bunt notes that the hand is a 'bold textura of the later 14th century' (1985, p. 3).
Decoration: Two-line blue or blue and green initials with red penwork mark new sections of the poem.
Binding: Not contemporary. Rebound in 1969. Letter from binder on inside front cover dated 26.03.1969. Size: 300 x 250 mm. Cover of brown morocco with pastedown of marbled paper. Resewn on five double bands across the spine.
Foliation:ff. iii + 82. Modern flyleaves.
Additions:
Condition:
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Part 2

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Physical Description
Form:Codex
Support: Parchment
Extent:290 x 200 mm
Collation: 1-68. No catchwords.
Layout:Pricking: visible in all quires and regularly spaced throughout the quire; two small rounded marks, 5 mm apart, not always visible, but noticeable on the right edge of some folios. Writing space of 230 x 150 mm. Single columns with 41-44 lines. Ruling in dry point and pencil.
Writing: One scribe writing in a small Anglicana script with some Textura features. Characteristics: script written between the lines of the ruling, with the first letter of each line written in the frame created by the two vertical ruling lines. Tall ascenders especially at the beginning of the first line. Double compartment a; dotted y; regular use of ş and ? both in initial and final position. Body height: 3mm.
Decoration: Lombardic capital in blue (over two lines) with penwork decoration in red, to indicate the beginning of each section. No other decoration apart from some ink work decoration in the ascender of the top line.
Binding: See above.
Foliation:ff. 48
Additions:
Condition:At least one quire has been lost at the end.
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History
Origin:
Provenance:Various names in Part 1 and some of these are in Part 2 also: (f.10v), (ff. 10v, 23v), (13r, 18v, top margin), (f. 23v), , (f. 25 on the right margin) and (?), and a few others which are difficult to read; John Pryns, Margret Coren and Nicholas Williams are also found in Part 1, and Thomas Carwardyn (f. 48v), who has written his name upside down on the last page, is probably connected with , whose name appears on the last page of part 1.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Orietta DaRold and Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, November 2005.
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Bibliography
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