London, British Library, Harley 6571

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Repository: British Library
Idno:Harley 6571
AltName:The Royal Book
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Date and Language
Date:?s. xv
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect: south Herefordshire (Whitchurch area), or north east Monmouthshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped (Benskin and McIntosh 1986, p. 200).
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A manuscript in one hand located to the Herefordshire/Monmouthshire border containing a treatise regarding sin, particularly pride, anger, envy, covetousness, lechery, gluttony, blasphemy, murmuring, lying, evil speaking etc.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:270 x 190 mm
Collation: Quires remounted. 112, ff. 1-12v, catchword; 212, ff. 13r-24v, catchword; 310, ff. 25r-34v, catchword; 42; ff. 35r-36v, catchword; 510+1, ff. 37r-47v, catchword; 612, ff. 48r-59v, catchword; ff. 710, ff. 60r-69v, catchword.
Layout:Pricking not visible. Writing space of 200 x 120 mm overall. Double columns: first column - 200 x 60 mm; second - 200 x c. 55 mm. Ruled for 62 lines in drypoint with frame ruled in brown crayon.
Writing: One scribe writing in an Anglicana hand with black ink. Characteristics: 2-shaped r; e with pointed head; double compartment a; sigma s in final position; B-shaped s in final position; descenders very short; descender of h, y, fine hairline stroke; ascenders barely above body height/minims; small compact hand. Body height: 2mm.
Decoration:Five-line red initial S begins text. Red paraphs. Two-line red initials; seven-line initial Is, red; some text underlined in red.
Binding: Not medieval. British Museum binding.
Foliation:ff. 1-73. No original flyleaves.
Additions:F. 14r - fifteenth-century inscription. F. 14v - 2 long notes? by a c. sixteenth-century? owner. F. 23v inscription in brown ink along bottom margin, perhaps a name. F. 73v blank column filled by writing of a fifteenth-century? owner - perhaps two prayers.
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Origin:Colophon - 'Iste liber factus fuerat pro instructione cujusdam mulieris simplicis et devotae nomen scriptoris wilhelmus plenus amoris'.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, March 2004.
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