Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 1627

De la veraie estoires de Troie (rubric)

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date?1300 to 1325
Date notes'début du XIVe siècle' (Jung 1996, 471).
Place(s) of productionNorthern Italy
'écrit en Italie septentrionale' (Jung 1996, 471).
First words of second recto folio[f. 4ra] nouble cite de corynte . suest en /
First words of last recto folio[f. 84ra] tin (et) ge lai trasla[t]ee in francois /
Incipit[f. 3ra] de la ueraie / estoires de troie / Les ancies sa / ges que de ph/ ylosophye p / arler [...]
Explicit[f. 84ra] anz riens courit deuirite ou de / mencogne demoustrer . en tel / mainiere . q(ue) nul ni poroit riens / aioindre ne m(er)mer q(ue) por ueraie / deust estre tenue . / Explicit lauerage estoire de / Troye .


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Fair quality vellum, but worn. The text has faded in numerous places, especially, but not only on the first folio. A spill on f. 7ra has caused text loss, which also extends to the previous and following folios.



1-612 (ff. 3-74)  710 (ff. 75-84)

Quire structure:The text is copied in regular sexternions, except for the last quire which is a quinternion.
Quire marks:
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (9)

Physical description

No. of illustrations:1
General illustration:The text opens with a miniature (height: 11 lines) which is badly worn, but appears to depict two men offering treasure to a third figure. The upper portion of the image has been cut. In the left margin are a number of male figures, possibly representing the ancient philosophers from the prologue. In the lower margin is a coat of arms, gold with a diagonal band of silver.
General decoration:The text is further structured by means of pen-decorated initials (height: 2 lines), alternating between red and blue with flourishings in the contrasting colour. These initials are located in the margins, and preceded by rubricated tituli (justification to the right).
Evidence of readership:On the first folio are old shelfmarks 'L III' '172' and regius '763 / 3'. A modern note in French describes the text as the true history of Troy translated from Latin into French by an anonymous author and adds that the beginning is no longer legible. In the lower margin of f. 38r, a faded note '??...??ira??...??'. On f. 65ra, a maniculum accompanied by a nota points towards: 'car ia soit chose q(ue) no / uble (et) frans cuer puet esprouer / fautu en maintes mainieres '. In the lower margin of f. 81v, a coat of arms has been added in ink, a diagonal bar running from the upper left to the lower right dividing the shield in half with a quatrefeuil in both halves.
Foliations description:Two sets of modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto. The first, in crayon, does not take into account the parchment binding / flyleaf at the front. The second, more prominent one in ink, is the foliation followed in this description.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 5r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions335x220 (mm)
Justification235x150 (mm)
14mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (6)
Line ruling present in Colours object (6)
RubricationRed ink is used for decorated initials and rubricated tituli.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 84ra
Scribe description:Southern textualis with double-compartment 'a', the upper lobe of which is open. Clear praescissus features on minims and descenders.