Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 24366

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (44)
Approx. date?1250 to 1300
Date notesHarf-Lancner 2011, 210: 'from the middle or the second half of the 13th century'. Based on the script (double compartment 'a' with open and closed upper lobe, straight 's' and round 's' in final position, 'v' in initial position) a dating towards the end of the century, rather than 1250 is probable.
Place(s) of productionSaint-Quentin
A note in the same hand as the explicit on f. 242ra states 'En lan del incarnation . Mil (et) .iic. (et) .xxviii. fu / leues monseig(n)or saint Quentins el mois / De may'. Rather than referring to the year in which the manuscript was manufactured (as suggested on the verso side of the first flyleaf, the note commemorates that during the reconstruction of the collegiate church of Saint-Quentin the alleged relics of its patron saints were brought up from their tombs and displayed in the church. The couleur locale of this note may be associated with the place where the manuscript was manufactured or where it functioned.
First words of second recto folio[p. 3a] ?.? orent en t(ra)ison de maldire acuellie
First words of last recto folio[p. 245v] [...]ers a g(ra)nt place
IncipitKI uers de riche estoire / ?v?eu entendre (et) oir / pour prendre boen example / D  e proeche acuellir / ?D?  e connoistre raison damer (et) dehair / ?...? amis g?....? (et) chier ueut tenir /
Explicit[p. 245b] F  i de vo(us) en ne sui ie au large / J  e na(con)te .i. estront a vous / V(ous)  estes fel (et) en vious / S  enestoit p(our) res (com)pai(n)g(n)ons / V(ous)  aries ia mil millons / M  ais pour iaus seres de portes / S  il ne v(ous) siet sime siues // Explicit du garcon (et) de laveule


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Page 1-2 damaged and faded. The pages of the first quire are worn, damaged in the corners and moulded. Holes: 67 writing space, 69, 78, 95, 184, 230, 236, 238 stitches:p 59 Tears: p. 33 Stains: p. 57, p. 131 Irregularities: p. 33 It appears that the pages have been heavily trimmed at the top and bottom, resulting in a rather unusual format. too small: p. 43



1-148 159

Quire structure:The manuscript consists of regular quaternions, except for the final quire which is irregular and has nine folios.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (32)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (12)

Physical description

General description:The 'Vengeance' ends: Q(ui) l (con)q(ui)st le roialme cou dist lauctorites / A cest daarain mot est li roumans fines / D iex v(ous) gart tous de mal q(ui) laues escoutes / (et) q(ui) la escrit soit enbon an entres. Explicit li roumans dalixandres dalier Language sample p. 142a
General illustration:none
General decoration:The manuscript opens with a puzzle initial (height: 3 lines). Additional puzzle initials (height: 4 lines) are found at p. 95a (III,1), p. 170 (III, 352), p. 208 (IV,1), p. 221a (start of the 'Vengeance' of Guy de Cambrai following IV,66 to which one final verse is added 'Chi fenist li roumans b(ie)n ait q(ui) les vers fist'). The interpolation of the 'Prise de Defur' is not marked. It is inserted after III, 450. The second half of the laisse differs from the version in the edition. III, 451 is not present. The manuscript returns to the 'Roman d'Alexandre' on p. 307b with laisse III,453. The beginning of branch II (p. 40b) is not highlighted. Each laisse starts with a pen-decorated initial (height: 2 lines) alternatingly red and blue with flourishings in the contrasting colour. The text at the end titled in the colophon 'du garcon (et) de la veule starts with a pen-decorated initial (height: 2 lines). At the top and bottom of the pages litterae elongatae. In some instances, strokes are extended or decorations added at the end of the line.
Evidence of readership:p. 119: annotations in the lower margin 'Je s?? que Jeha?' 'Je que' p. 128: scribbles in lower margin p. 175: annotation in the lower margin (made illegible) p. 194: annotation in the lower margin 'Ibans ly roys' p. 242-245: 15th c. indications of changes of speaker. p. 245: annotations 'Explicit du garchon (et) de la uuele cursiva: 'Explicit iste liber qui scripsit sit ille liber' ?.?ouba?uu?iqi
Foliations description:Modern pagination in arabic numerals in the outer corners of the upper margin. The numbers 192, 201 and 212 have been left out.

Mise en page

Description 1Seperate columns have been ruled for the majuscule letters at the start of a verseline.
Page sampledp. 107
Page dimensions260x225 (mm)
Justification235x198 (mm)
5mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationOnly used for decorated initials.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom p. 1a to p. 245b
Date?1275 to 1300
Scribe description:Probably multiple hands, however with common characteristics. Northern textualis with double-compartment 'a,' the upper lobe of which may be open or closed. Both straight and round 's' occur in final position, with a preference for round 's'. Use of 'v' in initial position.