Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, II 139

[Roman de Troie]

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General information

Approx. date?1175 to 1200
Date notesBusby 2002, vol. II, 490
Place(s) of productionEngland
First words of second recto folio[fragment of 1 folio]
First words of last recto folio[fragment of 1 folio]
IncipitI  ce parole tot premiers
Explicit(Et)  esprove (et) coneu

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Manuscript object (347)


Material:Material object (4)
Watermark:Not applicable
Condition:Fragment, vertically cut in half. Small hole in the margin. Damaged in the upper corner.




Quire structure:Fragment of one folio, vertically cut through the middle.
Quire marks:
Catchword disposition:

Physical description

General description:Fragment of 1 folio, vertically cut in half. Edited by A. Scheler in 'Le Bibliophile Belge', 1875, 181-192. The fragment corresponds to v. 27695-27905 of the edition of Aristide Joly, 1869.
General illustration:NA
General decoration:The text is structured by one modest initial (height: 2 lines) with a simply decorate eye.
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:A modern hand has marked the piece of vellum 1,2 (recto) and 3,4 (verso).

Mise en page

Description 1Verse layout with majuscule column. Prickings still visible. Horizontal throughlines at the top and bottom of the justification.
Page sampledr
Page dimensions317x198 (mm)
Justification246x137 (mm)
6mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationOnly for the decoration of the eye of the initial 'o'.
Writing above top line?True
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (8)
Folio rangeFrom 1r to 1v
Date?1175 to 1200
Scribe description:Gothic script with ancient featurs. Two-compartment 'a' of which the upper compartment is open. Exclusive use of straight, half-uncial 'd', although uncial 'd' is used in the majuscule column. The lower lobe of 'g' is open. I-longa is used after 'y'. Pronounced tongued 'e'. Abbreviations include superscript vowels ('a', 'e', 'i', 'o'), Tironian 'et' which is generally uncrossed (except for in the majuscule column); horizontal bar is used for q(ue) but untypically also for 'r'-abbreviations. Unusual in younger Gothic script is also the 'est'-abbreviation. Unusual biting of 'a' and round 'r'.