London, British Library, Additional 30863

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General information

Folio notes:132 folios; the manuscript only contains the Roman de Troie.
LanguageLanguage object (43)
Approx. date?1200 to 1210
Date notes'ca. 1200-1210' (Stirnemann 1993, 205).
Place(s) of productionChampagne
Jung 1996, 100.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] (et)  seras desor enauant
First words of last recto folio[f. 132ra] P  arpoi q(ue) sepres nel (con)m(en)ce
Incipit[f. 1ra] Veint(re) ??(et) do??nter (et) ??iustic??ier /
Explicit[f. 132vb] C  il q(ui) despoille les boissons


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Low-grade parchment, thick, sometimes rather dark in appearance, and with numerous stitched or unstithced holes (e.g. f. 19) and holes within the ruled area (e.g. f. 33). The lower margins of ff. 15, and 101-2 have been cut out. f. 1r is particularly worn, and the sides of leaves have been repaired with paper, especially towards the beginning of the codex. Considerable creasing due to the tightness of the binding.



273-889610-178187 (numbered after medieval quire numbers)

Quire structure:Quaternions, except for quire 9, which has only 6 folios. Quire 2 wants its first leaf, and quire 18 its last.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (15)
MSQuiremarkDisposition object (36)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (12)

Physical description

General illustration:none
General decoration:Numerous pen-flourished initials (height: 2 lines, occasionally 3) in red or green (with decoration in the opposing colour). These are of the 'Manerius Style'. The use of green is unusual for Champenois decoration and 'may have been adopted here in imitation of an exemplar coming from Normandy or Touraine' (Stirnemann 1993, 198).
Evidence of readership:A 13th-c. hand has marked 'T' for Trojan and 'G' for Greek in the margins, in green ink (e.g. ff. 17rb, 18ra, 18rb, etc.). There are also 13th-c. pen trials (?): 'folx est qui aime' (lower margin of f. 38); and 'amor ma mis en g(ra)nt (base of f. 56). At the base of f. 14v is written in a 14th-c. hand: 'A ma dame de martignie madame / mauleu(ri)er saluz (et) bo(n)ne amor'. A 15th-c. hand has written vertically in the margins of ff. 51, 72v and 130v, e.g. 'A mon bon amy ??e(n)nuec?? de lauíllerus quí focít lafille ??bugey?? atere' (!) (f. 51).
Foliations description:Modern pencil numbering in the upper right corner of recto sides.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 43r
LayoutMSLayout object (4)
Page dimensions237x158 (mm)
Justification180x105 (mm)
5mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (5) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (5) )
Writing above top line?True
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 132vb
Date?1200 to 1250
Scribe description:A small, angular textualis of the early 13th c., with two-compartment 'a' (open upper bow), ascenders with serifs, 'j' used in final position, round 'r' exclusively after 'o', only very occasional round 's' in final position; 'u' in initial position; 2-shaped 'z'. Tironian 'et' is uncrossed.


DescriptionThe Martigny and Maulévrier families (mentioned in a note on f. 14v) are linked to the Maine-et-Loire département (Busby 2002, II:719).
Date?1300 to 1399
PlacePlace object (164)