Nottingham, University Library, WLC/LM/6

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General information

Folio notes:These folios were inserted in the 14th c. to replace original folios which were either lost or damaged. The inserted folios are f. 1-5, f. 8-11 (all in the first quire) and f. 53. A number of folios have been patched and restored at the same time, and additional text has been copied by a 14th c. hand (e.g. f. 25, 94 and 150).
LanguageLanguage object (46)
Approx. date?1300 to 1400
Date notesBased on the script. Northern textualis with double-compartment 'a', the upper compartment of which can be open or closed. Round 's' (8-like) or straight 's' in final position. The preference for round 's' in final position may suggest a date towards the middle or in the second half of the century.
Place(s) of productionEast France
Hannah and Turville-Petre 2010, 95-98 note that the linguistic colouring of this part of the manuscript is Eastern French (Walloon) rather than the usual Picard forms occurring throughout the rest of the manuscript. Possibly this is due to the use of an exemplar of the 'Roman de Troie' different from the one used by the original scribes. Otherwise, it may point to the dialect of the 14th c. scribe and give an indication as to the whereabouts of the manuscript at the time. The script, has, however, the distinct 'v'-shaped 'r', extending below the baseline, which is typical of insular hands. Possibly, the manuscript was in England when these additional folios were inserted?
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] [.] orroiz p(ar)ler g(ra)nt (con)cile /
First words of last recto folio[f. 53ra] Oinq(ue)s si mal fes ne p(?.?)stes . /
Incipit[f. 1ra] [S]Alemons nos ensoigne (et) dit / et si trouo(m)mes en escrit q(ue) no(us) / ne doit losan celer . / A incois le doit sidemostrer . / [S] i on an ait prou ahenor . / [.] nsi firent n(ost)re ancessor . [.] e cil qui trouarent les pors . / I les vii liures des vii ars . / [S] e fussent theuz . uoirement . / V  esquir li siegles folemant . / C  ome bestes menissent uie . / Q(ue) fust sauoirs ne q(ue) folie. / N   e seusent q(ue) les g(ar)der . / N  e li un de lautre deuiser . / R  emambre saro(n)t atoz tamps / E cognehuz p(ar) lor g(ra)nt sen . / C  ar sciance qui est tehuz . / E  st tost obliee (et) p(er)due /
Explicit[f. 53vb] C il li ai dir (et) fait p(ri)ere . / Q(ue)  sa gent filce t(ra)ire arriere . /


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Medium to good quality vellum; damaged at the edges.



15(ff. 1-5) 24(ff. 8-11) 31(f. 53)

Quire structure:The first inserted quire is a ternion, the final leaf of which has been removed (stub visible at the end of the quire). The second quire is a regular binion. The final insertion, f. 53, consists of a single folio.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (12)

Physical description

General illustration:No illustrations.
General decoration:Space has been left for decorated initials (height: 2 lines), which have not been filled in. The guide letters in the margin, may have been supplied in England in the 15th c. Hannah and Turville-Petre 2010, 95-98 note anglicana forms for 'a','g', and 'd' and one example of a secretary diamond-shaped 'o'.
Evidence of readership:na
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1Double (or multiple) horizontal throughlines at the top and bottom of the justification.
Page sampledf. 5r
Page dimensions297x200 (mm)
Justification220x133 (mm)
9mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 5va
Date?1350 to 1400
Scribe description:Double-compartment 'a', the upper compartment of which may be open or closed. Occasional spurs on ascenders. Ascenders forked or clubbed. No tongue on 'e'. Diacritic on 'i' in all positions. 'I'-longa in initial position. Use of 'v'-shaped 'r' descending below the baseline, especially in the first folios. Use of straight and round 's' in final position, with a preference for round 's'. Use of 'v' in initial position. Abbreviations include nasal bar, apostrophe, superscript vowels, 'com'-abbreviation, 'p' with crossed descender, crossed tironian note, 'est'-abbreviation.
NotesVerselines are closed with a period.