- Anglo-Norman Poetry
- Guillaume, le Clerc, 13th cent, Herman, de Valenciennes, 12th cent, Petrus Alfonsi, 1062-1110?, and Wace, ca. 1100-ca. 1175
- Published / Created
- s. XIII/XIV [13th-14th centuries]
- Publication Place
- Manuscript on parchment (poor quality) of 1) Herman de Valenciennes, Bible. 2) Herman de Valenciennes, L'Assomption de Notre Dame. Often found, as here, following the poem on the Bible by the same author. 3) Petrus Alphonsus, Disciplina clericalis, followed by three moral precepts. 4) Poem in Anglo-Norman on Genesis. 5) Robert de Ho, Les Enseignements de Robert de Ho. 6) Extract from the romance Partenopeus de Blois. 7) Vie de saint Eustache. 8) Letter of Prester John to Emperor Manuel Comnenus, tr. into Anglo-Norman verse by Raoul d'Arundel; this is the earliest translation of the letter (ante A.D. 1100), and the only one known in French verse. 9) Guillaume le Clerc, Bestiaire. 10) Notes on the influence of the moon. 11) Le voyage du Chevalier Owen au purgatoire de saint Patrice. 12) Wace, Roman de Brut. Some 15th-century glosses, in Middle English and Latin, occur in the text.
4-line initials, divided blue and red (ff. 111r, 153r, 189r), with penwork in red and blue or red only. 3- and 2-line initials, red with blue penwork or vice versa (quire VI lacks flourishes on initials). Paragraph marks in red or blue; some rubrics at beginning of articles. 1-line initials stroked with yellow or red. Ink drawings in margins include King Arthur (f. 189r).
Acquired by Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 4156). Bought from C. A. Stonehill, in 1968, by Edwin J. Beinecke for the Beinecke Library.
Binding: Nineteenth century. Diced red/brown calf, gold-tooled.
Early repairs with parchment throughout; no loss of text. Waterstains, ff. 221v-224r. Rubbing on f. 224v has caused some loss of text in col. a.
In Anglo-Norman and Latin.
Script: Written by 6 scribes in large gothic bookhand. Scribe 1: ff. 1r-75r, 111r-130v, 153r-183v (characterized by decorative descenders in final line of text); Scribe 2: ff. 75r-97v (z with small horizontal crossbar); Scribe 3: ff. 98r-110r, 131r-152v, 189r-201v, 212v-216v (exaggerated ascenders in top line of text); Scribe 4: ff. 184r-188v; Scribe 5: second column of f. 201v (crude script); Scribe 6: ff. 202r-212r, 216v-224v (poorly formed).
ff. ii + 224 + ii : parchment ; 300 x 200 (253 x 170) mm.
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
French, Old (842-ca.1400)
- Call Number
- Beinecke MS 395
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- Resource Type
- Archives or Manuscripts
- Subject (Name)
Genesis (Anglo-Saxon poem)
Guillaume, le Clerc, 13th cent.
Henri, de Valenciennes, 1204-1261
Manuel I Comnenus, Emperor of the East, ca. 1120-1180
Prester John (Legendary character)
- Subject (Topic)
Christian poetry, French
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library
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- Anglo-Norman Poetry. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. and Shailor, B. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 395.
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