London, British Library, Harley 2398

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Repository: British Library
Idno:Harley 2398
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Date and Language
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect: Gloucestershire, located in the area of Mitcheldean. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 365 218, LP 7200 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 196).
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A manuscript containing religious tracts inluding the Memoriale Credencium, work by a follower of John Wyclif, and the Fifteen Oes among others.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment. Wormholes in flyleaves and first quire. Wormholes in end quire.
Extent:190 x 125 mm
Collation: Each quire remounted, has stubbs of leaves between. Catchwords: ff. 8v; 16v; 24v; 32v; 40v; 48v; 56v; 64v; 72v; 80v; 88v; 96v; 104v; 112v; 120v; 127v; 136v; 143v; 151v; 159v; 167v; 175v; 183v.
Layout:Pricking: where visible, small round holes. Writing space of 130 x 80 mm with single columns and 31 lines. Frame ruled in lead (dark grey lines) and lines in drypoint.
Writing: One scribe writing in a small Anglicana script in black ink. Body height 1-2mm.
Decoration: Item 1: title in black with blue paraph before the M. Five-line blue initial M with red penwork extending along top and left margin. Blue and red paraphs. Two-line blue initials at beginning of text with red penwork surrounding and in margin. Item 2: no decoration apart from underlining of some words in red. Item 3: six-line initial A in blue and red with red penwork infill, looks like a tree and background shaded in red. Red penwork around initial and red and blue decoration extends along top margin to end of text terminating in red penwork that begins to go down right margin. Along left margin in red and blue decoration to bottom of text and then penwork at corner and penwork extending along bottom margin. Three-line blue initials with red penwork extending into border. Red and blue paraphs. Item 4: four/five-line initial A in blue as before. Red and blue paraphs. Two-line blue initials with red penwork. Item 5: fourteen-line initial I in blue with red penwork extending along left margin and along top. Two-line blue initial with red penwork. Blue and red paraphs. Running titles in red and names in red. Some lines underlined in red. Item 6: four-line blue initial M with red line penwork. Item 7: four-line initial E in blue with red penwork. Red and blue paraphs. Item 8: four-line blue initial M with red penwork. Item 9: three-line red initial, blue with red pen work. Blue and red paraphs. Item 10: two-line blue initial with red penwork. Item 11: two-line blue initial A with red penwork. Item 12: eight-line initial I. Item 14: six-line blue initial C with red penwork.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 200 x 135 mm. Covered in black leather with gold stamp decoration of two angels holding a shield and the words 'VIRTUTE ET FIDE' in a banner at their feet. Five raised bands.
Foliation:2 'modern' paper plus 4 parchment flyleaves (first parchment just a stub)(wormholes) + 193 + 2 'modern' paper flyleaves.
Additions:Five lines on f. 192v in a c. sixteenth? century hand.
Condition:Wormholes in front flyleaves.
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Provenance:Owned by the Mitcheldean men and in the mid 16th century. Owned by William Oldisworth (1680-1734) in the seventeenth century (Wright 1972, p. 261; O'Mara 1987, p. 194). For later ownership see Kengen 1979.
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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 Textual Some textual similarities in one of the sermons with a manuscript in St. Albans Cathedral (Owst 1926, p. 416 n.) Scribal Manuscripts of the Memoriale with similar scribal dialects: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Tanner 201 (grid 350 240, central Herefordshire), London, British Library, MS Sloane 1009 (unmapped but south Herefordshire), and London, British Library, MS Harley 535 (see Hanna 1989, p. 903).
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