Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, IV 621.3

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General information

Folio notes:Fragment of 1 folio corresponding to verses 4129 to 4288 pasted into a volume of fragments.
LanguageLanguage object (46)
Approx. datec. 1220
Date notesWriting above top line. Another early feature is that the initials extend into the margin.
Place(s) of productionEast France
Eastern features 'Tost ont esloignee lo pais', potentially also noteworthy 'Tuit cil do regne', 'Tuit cil do pais', 'Cil do pais' and the use of 'x' 'li tres noblle vaxal'. 'menelax'.
First words of second recto foliona
First words of last recto foliona
Incipit[f. 1ra] M (ou)lt les en m(?er?)eia li rois / (Et) a la guise de lor lois / L or a trestoz done (con)gie / A p(re)s aquis (et) porchacie / M(ou)lt bo(n)s our?c?es por les nexfere / N ot soi(n) de lo(n)c e(?re?)mine atrere / T ost furent fetes (et) garnies / (Et) de vitaille replenies
Explicit[f. 1vb] M (ou)lt fu de gra(n)t biaute paris / D e cors de facon (et) de uis / S or les autres fu li pl(us) ie(n)z / T ot pl(us) riches garneme(n)z


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:The page has been cropped at the top and at the inner margin. Some holes.




Quire structure:Fragment of one folio.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (12)

Physical description

General description:Fragment of one folio pasted in a collection (19th. c.) of fragments of French literary manuscripts, formerly kept at the National Archives in Brussels with the shelfmark 1411. In 1972 the collection was transferred to the Royal Library where it is kept with the shelfmark IV 621. The volume contains a bifolium from a manuscript with the Roman d'Aspremont (IV 621.1 and 2), a fragment of the Roman de Troie (IV 621.3), two fragments constituting a bifolium from a manuscript of the Prose Lancelot (IV 621.4 and 5), a bifolium of an illustrated manuscript of Raoul de Cambrai and a fragment of the same manuscript (IV 621.6, 7 and 8, Flanders, end of the 13th c.), a folio of the verse Baudoin de Flandre (IV 621.9), a strip of vellum cut from a bifolium with the Fuerre de Gadres from the Roman d'Alexandre (IV 621.10), two folios and a fragment from the Marques de Rome (IV 621.11, 12 and 13), two leaves from a manuscript of the Lancelot en prose in four columns (IV 621.14 and 15), two pages from a plain 15th. c. manuscript of the Ovide Moralisees (IV 621.16 and 17), two bifolia of a French translation of the Decret de Gratien (IV 621.18-21), four pages of a French translation of the Regula Benedicti (IV 621.22-25), a bifolium of a 15th c. manuscript with Les exemples des mauvaises femmes written in long lines (IV 621.26 and 27), a page from a manuscript of Les fleurs des histoires (IV 621. 28). Fragments IV 621.29 and 30/31 correspond to fragments O and P of the ancient fonds des manuscrits 1411 and are fragments of two manuscripts with the Prose Tristan. Fragment IV 621. 32 is a fragment of a manuscript in four columns with the Prose Lancelot and was taken from the same manuscript as IV 621.14 and 15. IV 621.33 is a fragment of a 14th c. (Parisian?) prose chronicle or collection of Saints' lives. IV 621.34 is a bifolium of a 13th c. manuscript of the Roman d'Alexandre produced in the Low Countries. Finally IV 621.35 is badly worn, its script and decoration points towards the first half of the 14th c.
General illustration:na
General decoration:Blue and red initials (height: 2 lines) with contrasting pen-flourishings. The initials extend into the margins.
Evidence of readership:none
Foliations description:none

Mise en page

Description 1The page has been cropped at the upper and inner margin. Ordinary verse text layout with a separate column for majuscule letters.
Page sampledf. 1ra
Page dimensions280x180 (mm)
Justification215x170 (mm)
5mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationRed ink is used for decorated initials.
Writing above top line?True
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 1vb
Datec. 1220
Scribe description:Early northern textualis ('a' with open upper compartment; long 's' in final position) with many abbreviations (superscript vowels, 'p' with crossed descender, nasal bar for combinations with 'm', 'n' and q(ue), -us and com- abbreviation (9), crossed Tironian note.