Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ashmole 41

| Shelfmark | Date and Language |
Part 1: | Contents | Physical Description | History |
Part 2: | Contents | Physical Description | Record History | Bibliography |

Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Ashmole 41
AltName:SC 6921
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Date and Language
Date:s. xv1
Language: English
Dialect:Part I: Scribal dialect: Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 392 323, LP 243 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 237). Part II: Not analysed.
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Part 1

A composite manuscript that was originally two although they are now foliated consecutively. The first manuscript contains the Prick of Conscience whilst the second contains the Chastisying of Goddes Children and some religious prose and verse texts.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:265 x 175 mm
Collation:Mainly eights. Catchwords on ff. 11v, 19v, 27v, 35v, 51v, 59v, 67v, 75v, 83v, 91v, 99v, 107v, 115v, and 123v.
Layout:Pricking mostly cropped with some visible on the tail. Writing space: 185 x 97 mm. Generous margins. Writing lines ruled in drypoint. Margins ruled in light brown crayon.
Writing: One scribe writing in black ink in an Anglicana Formata hand. Characteristics: 2-shaped r in medial position; hooked ascenders on l and h; 8-shaped s in final position; distinctive d; double compartment a; double compartment g; B-shaped w with curved hairline extension on ascenders; ?; ž.
Decoration: Latin titles with blue paraph marks. Blue paraphs - ff. 36v, 37v, 39r, 40v, 41r, 54v; alternate blue and red paraphs - ff. 105v, 106r-v; nota bene, hand - ff. 2v, 19r, 20v, 29v, 30r. Ff. 1v, 20r, 33r, 56v, 84r, 99v: well executed four-and five-line gold initials on a rose and blue ground with bar-and-band extensions with serrated edges, forming a one or two-sided border. Outlined in black. The bar extensions carry daisy bud motifs on a short stem. Daisy buds have a green calyx, pink tips with white hatching. Bottom of the bar gives way to delicate feathering in black pen with alternate blue and rose balls or delicate feathering in black pen with alternate blue and rose pairs of leaves highlighted with white lines. Some feathering carries daisy bud motifs. Later drawings: Flower with three petals (f. 21r) and a cross (f. 21v).
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 275 x 175 mm. Covered in brown leather mounted in pasteboard; mitred and pasted. Four raised bands across the spine. Gold tooled laurel wreath on front cover with a quartered shield within a fleur-de-lys in top left quadrant. No exterior furniture.
Foliation:Parts I and II: vii + 160 + v folios (with the leaf between folio 2 and 3 unfoliated). The leaves have modern pencil foliation. There are seven flyleaves at the beginning, with five modern paper flyleaves and two original parchment flyleaves. The leaf between ff. 2-3 is unfoliated. Part I extends to 133 folios with the remainder being the second part. They are numbered consecutively. One leaf lost between ff. 9 and 10.
Additions:F. 1r - a sixteenth-century hand has added 'Stimulus consientie thys boke ys namyd I tel the' in the top margin of f. 1r. F. 130r - the same hand has added 'Stimulus consientie Thys boke ys I telle the' below the 'Amen'. Pen trials - ff. 52r (name?), 57r, 61r, 62r (fifteenth-century name?), 130v, 131r.
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Sixteenth century: f. 131r - ' ys oner of this boke and so _____ _____ will say the contrary _____ _____ of god almity William Hidge will not say the contrary'. The A of 'Antony' is an elaborate cadel. The date of 1567 is recorded.

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Part 2


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Physical Description
Support: Parchment - thick and dark.
Extent:250 x 180 mm
Layout:Writing space of c. 190 x 120 mm. Single columns.
Writing: Cursive. Characteristics: small neat script; 2-shaped r in medial position; B-shaped s in final position; double compartment g with diamond-shaped bowls; single compartment a with pointed head in medial position; second stroke of r detached and diamond-shaped; long s in initial position.
Decoration: Red rubrics underlining, paraphs. Alternate red and blue one-line blue initials for item 4.1. Two-line blue initials with red penwork flourishing into margins. Six-line blue initials with red penwork flourishing.
Binding:As above.
Foliation:Foliated consecutively with Part I. See above.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded in July 2003, Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham.
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Related Manuscripts Textual Textually related through Prick of Conscience: London, British Library, MS Additional 22283; London, British Library, MS Harley 1205; London, British Library, MS Lansdowne 348; Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Eng. poet. a. 1; Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawl. C. 319; Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawl. poet. 139; Chicago, Illinois, Newberry Library, MS 33; Holkham Hall, Wells, Norfolk, Library of the Earl of Leicester, MS 668; London, College of Arms, MS 57; Manchester, John Rylands University Library, MS English 50; New Haven, Yale University Library, MS Osborn a 13; Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 156; Oxford, Trinity College, MS 16A (D 16A); and Oxford, Trinity College, MS 16B (D16A) (Lewis and McIntosh 1982, p. 93). Decorative Not dissimilar to some border work in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Eng. poet a.1 (Doyle 1987, p. 7).
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