Berkeley, Bancroft Library, 73

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (61)
Approx. datec. 1220
Date notesThe Lancelot-Graal project dates the manuscript to c. 1220. Digital Scriptorium has third quarter of the thirteenth century. The Jonas-database gives middle or last quarter of the thirteenth century.
Place(s) of production
Hult 2009, p. 134 locates the linguistic traits of the manuscript in the border area between Picardy and the Champagne region.
First words of second recto folio
First words of last recto folio
Incipit[f.1ra] La ueille de la pente / coste quant li com / paignon de latable / roonde furent uenu / a kamaalot . et il o / rent oi le seruise et / len uoloit metre les tables a hore de no / ne lors entra en la saletote a cheual une / molt bele damoisele . si fu uenue si gra(n)t /
Explicit[f. 163vb] nor si se test ore atant mestre Gaut(ier) / map de lancelot . (et) fenist ici son liure / si outreeme(n)t q(ue) apres ce nen porroit / nus re(con)ter q(ui) nen mentist de totes / choses . / Explicit la mort artur //


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Medium to lower quality vellum with stitches in the written area (e.g. f. 142). Damaged folios with torn sides and corners (e.g. f. 5; f. 96; f. 163) resulting in loss of text.


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Physical description

No. of illustrations:1
General illustration:The 'Queste' (f. 1ra) opens with a historiated initial (height: 6 lines), painted red and blue on a field of gold leaf. The miniature shows how Arthur welcomes a lady at court in Camelot. The background of the letter has been developed to represent the interior and towers of the royal residence. Tears in the parchment run through the painting and the colour has faded.
General decoration:The text is divided by large puzzle initials (height: 5-8 lines, e.g. f. 8v; 13r; ) in red and blue, decorated inside and out with pen-flourishings in the same colours. Smaller subdivisions are marked with smaller pen-decorated initials (height: 2 lines), alternating between red and blue with flourishings in the contrasting colours. The beginning of the 'Mort le roi Artu' (f. 80r) is marked with an extremely large (height: 10 lines) and lavishly decorated puzzle initial.
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Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 80r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions287x188 (mm)
Justification204x143 (mm)
16mm 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 only used for decorated initials.
Writing above top line?True
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Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 163vb
Datec. 1230
Scribe description:Small, compact textualis rotundus, written above top line with double compartment 'a', the upper lobe of which is open, clubbed ascenders on 'b', 'h', 'k' and 'l', uncial 'd', tongued 'e' in final position, Rücken-'g' with closed lower lobe, diacritic on 'i' in minim group, limbs of 'm' and 'n' do not extend below the baseline, the descender of 'p' and 'q' curves to the right, biting of 'o' and round 'r', exclusive use of straight 's', vertical stroke of 't' does not extend above the headstroke, use of 'v' in initial position, 3-like 'z'. Use of punctus. No indication of word-separation. Abbreviations include superscript vowels ('i'), 'com'-abbreviation, uncrossed tironian 'et'. 'ss' ligature.