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Apocalypse. Visio Sancti Pauli(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Apocalypsis. Visio Pauli etc.
Codicology:Vellum, 371 x 255 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), (14.7 x 10 in.), ff. 72 + 5, double columns of 32 lines. Cent. xiv early, in a large slightly sloping hand, with many pictures
Collation: 3 flyleaves, 112-612, 2 flyleaves.
Provenance:On f. iiiv at top:
“Apocalipsis cum pictura de dono domine Juliane de leybourn comitisse de Huntyngdun.
De librario S. Augustini Cantuarie Distinctione I Gradu III.”
See Ancient Libraries, p. 210, no. 224.
The giver died in 1367 and was buried in the Abbey Church.
Additions:One flyleaf at each end (ff. iiir-iiiv, ff. ivr-ivv)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) is a waste leaf of a similar copy of the Apocalypse, written by the same scribe, and with blanks left for pictures. That at the beginning has the Latin text: “Et dabo duobus testibus meis etc.” , that at the end: “Et cum aperuisset sigillum sextum etc.” A similar phenomenon occurs in an Apocalypse at Trinity College (B. 10. 6).
Decoration:The book is copiously illustrated. The pictures extend across the page and are in frames of gold and colour with foliage at the corners. The grounds are of very various colours, usually a chequer of some kind in blue or salmon colour with network of vermilion or blue lines over it and various patterns: one form unfamiliar to me is a ground of squares each containing a face roughly done, e.g. f. 10r and often elsewhere. Portions of gold ground also occur. The colouring is bright and light: the drawing not of the finest kind. The subjects of the pictures will be quite shortly indicated. There are coincidences of treatment with Brit. Mus. Add. 18633 which contains the same metrical version: but the two books are not alike.
Foliation: ff. a-b + i-iii + 1-72 + iv-v + c-d(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin and Anglo-Norman.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
1r-61r
Apocalypse (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
The Apocalypse in Latin with a French metrical version and prose comment
a.
1r
Incipit:
Apocalypsis Ihesu Christi quam dedit etc.
b.
1r
Incipit:
La uision ke Ihesu Crist
A son serf moustrer fist
c.
1r
Incipit:
Cest liuere entre les autres liueres de nouel testament
1r
1. L. Last Supper. John on Christ's breast. R. (a) John put on Patmos out of ship, (b} John seated, angel by him
1r
Initial: Knight kneeling in armour, on his surcoat arms, gules a chevron or bearing 3 lions rampant sable (not the Huntingdon arms)
1r
Border: at bottom, hunter blows horn: three dogs, two chase a rabbit to a warren and trees on R.
1v
2. John looks at seven churches
2r
3. Men kneel. Christ in clouds. Angel blows trumpet over John's head
2v
4. Christ among the candlesticks, with gold face. John bowing on L.
3v
5.-11. f. 3v to f. 7r. John writes letters to the seven churches. In each case there is a large church on R. and a small angel standing on some part of it. The forms of the churches are interestingly varied
7v
12. The vision of iv 2 sqq.
9r
13. Elders adoring
9v
14. The Lamb takes the book
10r
15. Similar
10v
16. The book opened. Elders adore
11r
17. God, the Lamb, the Elders
11v
18. f. 11v to 21. f. 13r. The four horsemen. (Seals 1-4)
13v
22. Fifth seal. Souls under the altar
14r
23. Sixth seal. Earthquake. Stars fall
14v
24. Angels hold winds (human faces). Multitude sealed on their foreheads
15v
25. The great multitude of vii 9-17
16r
26. The trumpets given
16v
27. The censer cast into earth
17r
28. f. 17r - 31. f. 18r. The first four trumpets
18v
32. The eagle crying Woe
19r
33. The fifth trumpet
19v
34. The locusts and their leader, Abaddon, a huge demon. Very effective
20v
35. The sixth trumpet
21r
36. The horsemen on lion-like beasts
21v
37. The great angel with gold face and fiery feet
22r
38. John forbidden to write the words of the seven thunders
22v
39. The great angel raises his hands to heaven
23r
40. John takes the book
23v
41. John measures the temple (a great church)
24r
42. The two witnesses in black holding candles
24v
43. Antichrist mounted on the beast emerging from Hell-mouth slays them
25r
44. They lie dead: people dance over them. So in Brit. Mus. Add. 18633
25v
45. They stand up
25v
46. They ascend to heaven. The city falls
26r
47. The seventh trumpet
26v
48. The temple seen in heaven
27r
49. The great dragon
27v
50. The dragon. Birth of the child
28r
51. Fight with the dragon; three devils on his back
28r
52. The dragon cast out
28v
53. God and angels above. Devils falling below
29r
54. The woman flying. The dragon casts out water
29v
55. Saints fight the dragon
30r
56. The beast on the sea
30v
57. The dragon gives staff to the beast
31r
58. Men adore the beast
31v
59. Men fight the beast
32r
60. The false prophet (horned beast) makes men adore the other beast
32v
61. The false prophet slays saints
33v
62. The Lamb and other lambs on Mount Sion. So also in Add. 18633
33v
63. The harpers and the new song
34v
64. The angel flying with the Gospel
35r
65. Babylon falls
35r
66. The third angel, the beast below (xiv 9-12)
35v
67. Beati mortui. Martyrs slain on R.
36r
68. The harvest of earth, gathered by a man
36v
69. The vintage of earth gathered by a man(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
37v
70. Angels with vials
37v
71. Harpers on the sea of glass
38v
72. Angels in temple with vials
39r
73. They are bidden to pour them out
39v
74.-79. ff. 39v-41r. The first six vials
41v
80. The three beasts cast forth frogs
42v
81. The seventh vial: fall of city
43r
82. The woman on hill, with rivers flowing from it
43v
83. The woman on the beast
44v
84. Similar
46r
85. Fall of Babylon
46v
86. Men come out of Babylon: a chain across the gate
47v
87. Babylon burning. Men lament
48v
88. Millstone thrown into the sea
49r
89. Song of triumph over Babylon
49v
90. The Lamb and the bride at table
50r
91. John kneels to the angel
50v
92. Christ on the white horse with followers
51r
93. Christ on white horse with followers amid fragments of a winepress
51v
94. Birds eat the flesh of princes. Angel in the sun
52r
95,96. Fight between the saints and the beasts
52v
97. Dragon imprisoned in the bottomless pit
53r
98. The Three Persons of the Trinity as men seated as judges
54r
99. Siege of the holy city
54v
100. Beasts cast into Hell-mouth
54v
101. The Judgment. Books open in air
55v
102. The vision of the city. God on R.
57r
103. John and the angel. Jerusalem on R.
58v
104. The River of Life
59v
105. John kneels to angel. God on R.
60r
106. The angel points John to God on R.
Ends
a.
60v
Explicit:
Gratia domini nostri Ihesu Christi cum omnibus nobis amen
b.
60v
Explicit:
La grace de ihesu nostre seignour
Seit od nous a tut iour amen
61r
c.
61r
Explicit:
en sa gloire en corps et en alme sanz fin regner amen amen
The metrical version is edited by M. Paul Meyer from other MSS. (seven are known) in Romania XXV (1896) pp. 184 sqq.
The prose comment is edited by M. P. Meyer from a number of MSS. in L'Apocalypse en Français au xiiie siècle (Soc. des Anc. Textes Fr. 1901)
2.
61r-68r
Visio Sancti Pauli (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
The Vision of S. Paul in French verse
61r
Incipit:
Oyez qe ieo troeue en escrit
Des peynes qe seint poul uit
61r
1. Paul and angel on L. as throughout. Hell-mouth on R. Men hung on fiery tree
61v
2. Souls in a tower-like oven
62r
3. Paul weeps. Angel points down
62r
4. Souls walk over arched bridge. Some fall into river below, where are crowds of souls, and devils
62v
5. Souls in furnace. Devil with club: others blow the fire
63r
6. Souls in furnace. Beasts and reptiles tear them
63v
7. Souls on a huge wheel turned by devil in C.
63v
8. A soul torn by devils: one offers him a sheaf
64r
9. Paul holds his nose. Souls in a well with seven locks
64v
10. Souls in the mouth of a monster
64v
11. A female soul torn by demons. Other souls in hell-mouth
65r
12. Paul kneels. A soul taken up by angels
65v
13. (1) Paul, angel, souls in hell-mouth. (2) Christ with resurrection cross appears to souls in hell. Paul and angel follow
66r
14. Souls in caldron: one roasted on spit
The pictures in the Toulouse MS. reproduced in Romania XXIV closely resemble these
66r
Ends
Explicit:
Ke uous en peyne demoerges
E pardon iammes ne haz
66r
The same in Latin prose
66r
Incipit:
Interrogandum quis primus rogauit ut anime requiem haberent in inferno
68r
Explicit:
beati ergo qui custodiunt diem dominicam quoniam ipsi habebunt partem cum sanctis in secula seculorum.
This French version is printed from a MS. at Toulouse by M. P. Meyer, Romania XXIV 365, with facsimiles
For notices of the Latin text see H. Brandis, Visio Pauli, and my Apocrypha Anecdota 1st series
3.
68r-72v
Order of Coronation of a King (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Order of Coronation of a King
68r
Frontispiece
68r
The picture of the Coronation. See above for references to reproductions of it
68v
Text begins
Incipit:
Le iour qe nouel roy deit estre corone
Ends with rubric
72v
Rubric:
e ly Roy a honur au palays remenee
This is printed in full in Three Coronation Orders, Henry Bradshaw Society, 1900, by J. Wickham Legg, pp. xxxi sqq., 39 sqq. A long description and discussion of the illustration to this is given in the introduction. The picture is reproduced in collotype (Pl. II); a reproduction in colour is in Strutt's Horda Angel-cynnan 1776, in Pl. xxvii, and in the illustrated edition of Green's Short History of the English People I, opp. p. 414
72v
At the bottom is a catch-word partly cut off “quid ultra bon ... ke si sa”