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Codicology:Vellum, 312 x 192 mm (12.6 x 7.2 in.), ff. 218, 40
lines to a page. Cent. xiv early, very clearly
a2, 112-1812 (+ 3 leaves after 6: wants
Provenance:From Southwick Priory (not Litchewyk).
“Res sane notatu digna quod lingua Anglicana in tantillo tempore, viz.
infra quadringentos annos possit tantam variationem verborum et phraseωn pati ut
hic videre licet”
. The above is a Parkerian note.
“Hic liber est ecclesiae beatae Mariae de Suthewyk de dono fratris Iohannis Kateryngton canonici ibidem, quem qui ab eadem
ecclesia sive per venditionem vel donationem vel furtum sive per fraudem aliquem
alienaverit, vel titulum hunc dolo deleverit, nisi eidem ecclesiae condigne satisfecerit,
sit anathema maranatha: fiat, fiat, Amen”
. The above inscription given by Nasmith
(corrected by me) is on the lower margins of f. 1v, 2r. It is of cent.
Additions:On the flyleaf is some scribbled music on five-line stave. The words are
lan gar sovstes”
Additions:On f. iiv, a list of the contents in red.
Writing:Two main hands wrote the text to f.
210v where three quarters of a page is erased and
re-written (De S. Guthlaco) in a later hand, and 2 and a half leaves in the same hand
inserted (ff. 211r-213r).
Additions:At the end of the legend is a note in red:
nomina mulierum qui(!) fuerunt cum Maria matre domini in natiuitate eius Zebel Salome”
note to the same effect is on f. 218r.
Additions:At f. 214r we have a hand of the
original time, writing more closely, the Stories of Judas (f. 214r);
Pilate (f. 215r); Translation of S. Thomas (f. 217v). f.
218v is blank.
Additions:At the end f. 218r are the initials
(John Katerington) in red.
Foliation: ff. a-b + i-ii + 1-218 + c-d
Language: Middle English and Latin.
South English Legendary
The lives of the saints as they stand in the kalendar in old English verse
A full list of the contents is given by Horstmann
in his Introduction to the E.E.T.S. edition of the South English Legendary, p.
xiv. He assigns the MS to about 1320. Zupitza also gives a full list in Anglia,