London, British Library, Harley 201

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Repository: British Library
Idno:Harley 201
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Date and Language
Date:?s. vix
Language: English
Dialect:Scribe 1 - Scribal Dialect: Herefordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 363 258, LP 7500 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 199). Scribe 2 - Scribal dialect: Gloucestershire. Linguistic Grid Reference: 384 219, LP 7080 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 196).
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Robert of Gloucester's Chronicle until the seventh year of King Stephen. The text, apparently written by two scribes is in dialects of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment. Fairly thick and with suede-like texture on some folios.
Extent:190 x 140 mm
Collation: Catchwords: ff. 8v; 16v; 25v; 33v; 40v; 48v; 54v; 60v; 69v; 76v; 84v; 92v; 100v; 111v; 120v; 128v; 132v; 143v; 149v; 156v.
Layout:Pricking: where visible very small holes. Writing space: c. 145 x 95 mm. Single columns with 36 lines ruled in drypoint.
Writing: Scribe 1 writing in black ink in an Anglicana hand. Characteristics: pointed e; ascenders barely above the body/other letters; 2-shaped r; v-shaped r in initial and final position; 8-shaped s; double compartment g; ascender of d short and rounded almost looks like double compartment d; double compartment a with pointed head; small neat hand. Body height: 2 mm. Scribe 2 writing in black ink in a larger Anglicana Formata with a more open and spaced aspect. Characteristics: reversed circular e in final position; dotted y; B-shaped w; ?. Body height: 3 mm. Although there are apparently two scribes copying these texts their hands are so similar that it is difficult to distinguish between them and thus differentiate between their work.
Decoration:F. 4r, initial page - four-line initial E in blue and red with red penwork and a four-sided border made of red and blue decoration. Seven-line blue initials with red and blue penwork. Three-line blue initials with red penwork decoration. Four-line lombardic capitals. Very little decoration in later quires.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 200 x 145 mm. Cover: red leather over pasteboard with gold stamp of two angels holding a shield with the banner 'VIRTUTE ET FIDE' at their feet. Five raised bands across the spine.
Foliation:ff. 158. 6 flyleaves at beginning (first two modern paper) and 3 at end (last two modern paper). Old pencil foliation in top right. Correct foliation in bottom right.
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Provenance:Illegible inscription of the sixteenth century on f. 2r. F. 16v carries in margin, 'Thys is my M?ay ___ ___bankes boke' in a hand of the fifteenth/sixteenth century. F. 162v - possibly the name: '' in later hand, perhaps seventeenth century. F. 3r carries the name '', plus one or two others which are unreadable.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, March 2004.
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