London, British Library, Egerton 2810

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Repository: British Library
Idno:Egerton 2810
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Date and Language
Date:s. xivex
Language: English
Dialect:Scribe 1 (ff. 1r-87v (except ff. 46 and 60), 100v-161v): Scribal dialect: Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 371 176, LP 7020 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, vol. 4, p. 196). The other hands are later: Scribe 2 (ff. 46r-v, 60r-v): Scribal Dialect: Cheshire or S. Lancs. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: none given, LP none given (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, vol. 1, p. 109). Scribe 3: Scribal Dialect: Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 408 229, LP 7110 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, vol. 4, p. 196). Scribe 4 (f. 99v): Scribal Dialect: 'possibly of N. Lancs' (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin, 1986, vol. 1, p. 109). Scribe 5 (f. 163v-164r), Scribe 6 (f. 170r-170v), and Scribe 7 (ff. 170v-170v): Scribal dialect: Cheshire (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, vol. 1, p. 109). Scribe 8 (ff. 180v-181r): Scribal dialect: Lancashire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 393 416, LP 495.
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A late fourteenth-century copy of the South English Legendary (Görlach 1974, p. 91). The main text has a Gloucestershire scribal dialect whilst texts added at later dates are in dialects of Gloucestershire, Cheshire, and southern and northern Lancashire.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:230 x 160 mm
Collation: Unable to ascertain.
Layout:Pricking where seen, small horizontal slits. Writing space of 180 x 110 mm. Single columns with c. 40 lines. Frame and lines ruled in drypoint.
Writing: Scribe 1 - major - ff. 4r-161 - Anglicana. Scribe 2 - ff. 88v-99r, 162-88 - Anglicana Formata. Scribe 3 - f. 99r - fifteenth-century hand has added a prose legend of St. Wilfrid. Scribe 4 - f. 99v - fifteenth-century hand has added a legend of Our Lady and on ff. 108v-181v a poem entitled 'De terminibus usure'. Scribe 5 - ff. 179v, 180r - prose legend of birth of Judas Iscariot added in a fifteenth-century hand.
Decoration:Three-line bright orange/dark pink initials. One-line bright orange/dark pink paraphs.
Binding: Not contemporary, 19th century. Size: 240 x 160 mm. Covered in reddish brown leather, mitred and pasted onto pasteboard with half-moon shapes cut into the board at middle of top, lower, and fore edge, corners also cut. Outer edges of circle have blind tooled sun rays. Centre - diamond shape with urn stamped in middle. Three raised bands in middle and one at end across the spine.
Foliation:ff. 188 with fifteenth-century additions, iv paper flyleaves at front, iv paper flyleaves at back.
Additions:Later additions: ff. 179v-180r - a Latin prose legend of the birth of Judas Iscariot; ff. 180v-181v a text on usury beginning 'Okure yrow crafte of okerre'; and on f. 182v a text beginning, 'Almyghty god şat alle hase wroghte' and ending '...he come to erthe agayne'.
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Provenance:Görlach notes that the manuscript appears to have moved from Gloucestershire to Cheshire and then to Lancashire as evidenced by the 'successive contributions in different dialects' (Görlach 1974, p. 91). The coat of arms of George Allan of Darlington (b. 1736) is on the inner board. Nineteenth Century: (sale-catalogue 1836, lot 1089). On the last page is written ' dwellyng in weston in ye parache of Mogynton' (Muggington, Derbys).
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, August 2003.
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Related Manuscripts and other documents Textual The manuscript is of the same group as London, British Library, MS Harley 2277, London, British Library, MS Egerton 1993, and London, British Library, MS Stowe 949 etc. (Horstmann 1887).
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