Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, IV 621.30-31

[Part 1]

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General information

Folio notes:These leaves were plausibly part of a single bifolium. The text missing between the two leaves suggests that one bifolium was situated in between.
LanguageLanguage object (43)
Approx. date?1300 to 1350
Date notesVan Hoecke 1987, 258. This is confirmed by the script type with double compartment 'a' with closed upper lobe and round 's' in final position.
Place(s) of production{unspecified}
Van Hoecke 1987, 258 suggests that the manuscript was produced in an 'atelier' in the centre of France.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] que on li ouuri
First words of last recto folio[f. 2ra] que on li ouuri
Incipit[f. 1ra] (illegible)
Explicit[f. 2vc] dresce contre mont (et) fait [...]


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Originally good quality parchment without tears and holes. The folios have been heavily worn. The outer column of f. 1ra has become illegible, this side of the folio is also heavily stained. Additionally, a miniature appearing at the bottom of f. 1rb has been excised. Approximately 5 lines have been cut from the bottom of f. 1 and 3 from the bottom of f. 2 (Van Hoecke 1987, 258). In general the text has faded but most of it is still legible.




Quire structure:These folios probably formed one bifolium which has been cut in half, either to serve as some kind of cover for materials pertaining to 1655-1658 (cf. note in the outer margin of f. 1r) or in order to be added to the collection of fragments. One bifolium is missing between f. 1vc and f. 2ra (Van Hoecke 1987, 258).
Quire marks:
Catchword disposition:

Physical description

General illustration:The only illustration at the bottom of f. 1rb has been excised. It was preceded by a rubricated caption 'comme [...] / uert dun blanc drap iouste a / lancelot son pere deuant un / [...]mage et parolle [le]rmite / [...] couuert par mi.
General decoration:The text is structured by means of a miniature (height uncertain) preceded by a rubricated caption. It is probable, but not certain, that the miniature was followed by a large initial. The text is further subdivided by blue and red initials decorated with flourishings in the contrasting colour.
Evidence of readership:none
Foliations description:none

Mise en page

Description 1Circa five lines have been cut from the bottom of the first folio, three lines from that of the second. Layout in three columns which seem rather narrow.
Page sampledf. 2r
Page dimensions320x280 (mm)
Justification295x220 (mm)
10mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationRed ink is used for initials, flourishings and rubricated captions.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 2vb
Date?1300 to 1350
Scribe description:Littera textualis rotundus with a double bow 'a' with closed upper compartment. Use of long and round 's' in final position. Some instances of trailing 's' at the end of the line. 3-like 'z'. Abbreviations include 'p' with barred descender, crossed tironian 'et', nasal mark, also for q(ue), superscript 'i', -us abbreviation (9)