Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 16998

Cestui liure parole de / monseignor lanc(elot) dou / lac com(en)t il deliure monsei / gnor Gauuain de la dolouro / se tor des mai(n)s kar[e]dos le g(ra)nt

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General information

Folio notes:Micha 1960, 177 notes that numerous folios are missing. He identifies lacunae after ff. 17, 25, 41, 44, 46, 47, 71.
LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. datec. 1290 to 1300
Date notesDate suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Confirmed by Jonas and Arthurian Fiction.
Place(s) of productionGenoa
Place suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Confirmed by Jonas and Arthurian Fiction. Based on decoration (Gousset 1988) and writing (Jonas).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] queleur seignor fust reuenus d(e) /
First words of last recto folio[f. 94ra] ala garde d(e) dieu qi uos conduie .
IncipitCestui liure parole de / monseignor lanc(elot) dou / lac com(en)t il deliure monsei / gnor Gauuain de la dolouro / se tor des [...] / EN cest / partie / dit li co(n) / tes que / quant / lanc(elot) / d(e)l / lac sefu / partis d(e) chies / morgai(n) / entre lui (et) la damoisele que ele / liot enchargies por lui fere (com) / paignie . si con ie uos ai contes / ca en arrieres . il cheuauche /  
Explicit[f. 94vb] pre(n)t par les espaules (et) lauoloit baisi / er aforce . (et) enfu trop corroucie (et) trop /


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Medium to lower quality vellum, with holes, also in the written space, e.g. ff. 28. The MS makes a worn impression, with holes (f. 1), damaged edges (e.g ff. 2-5, 13, 22, 26, upper corner torn) and stains (ff. 39, 40). The lower border of f. 82 has been cut. Lower and outer border of f. 88 cut.


Quire structure:Originally, the MS was made up of quaternions and quinions. In a number of instances, folios have been lost at the beginning of the quire (e.g. after f. 17, 25, 41, 46, 71). Other folios lost after ff. 44, 47.
Quire marks:
Catchwords:Catchwords on ff. 9v, 17v, 25v, 33v, 41v, 46v, 55v, 63v, 71v, 79v, 87v.
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (16)

Physical description

General illustration:Historiated initial (height: 10 lines) on f. 2ra, blue against ochre and blue ground, gilt frame. With partial, multi-colour border supporting dragons, a hare and a crane or stork. Preceded by titulus in red ink. On f. 1v, full-page miniature in two registers. The images each portray a knight (in the upper register: Lancelot) accompanying a damsel (in both registers: Guenevere), both are mounted. The miniatures are pen-drawn and in part also coloured with bright red, grey and blue. Other miniatures spanning the width of the page, occasionally placed mid-page, but mostly in the bas-de-page on ff. 2v, 3v, 5r, 6v, 10r, 12v, 14v, 20r, 21v, 23r, 27r, 27v, 29r, 31r, 34r, 36v, 38r, 42r, 43r, 48r, 50r, 51r, 52v, 58r, 59v, 63v, 64v, 66r, 68v, 72r, 75v, 77r, 83r, 84v, 86r, 89r, 91r, 92v, Pastel colours, pink, purple and blue, bright red, orange and green. Characters identified by captions in red ink.
General decoration:Decorated initials (height: 5-6 lines, ff. 13r, 52r, 71r, 74r, 85v, 88v), yellow, against blue and red fields. Plain initials (height: 2-3 lines), alternatingly blue and red, at paragraphs.
Evidence of readership:On f. 1v, annotation in cursive hand and drawing of three coats of arms. Arthurian fiction tentatively suggests 'Genoilhac and Gouffer'. On f. 2r, old shelfmarks '156', 'St-Germain 216', 'N. 178' and printed vignette 'Ex Bibliotheca MSS COISLINIANA, olim SEGUERIANA'. On f. 56r, in the upper margin, contemporary note in Latin 'd(om)ina g??..??s nos'. Scribble in the lower margin of f. 94v.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals, black ink, in the upper margin of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 7r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions390x265 (mm)
Justification250x160 (mm)
15mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
RubricationOne rubricated titulus at the beginning of the MS.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (16)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 94vb
Datec. 1290 to 1300
Scribe description:Rounded Southern hand with double-compartment 'a', the upper compartment of which is open, 'e' with tongue in final position, 8-like 'g', 'h' with rounded limb, ending on the baseline, 'i' with diacritic, not limited to sequence of minims, round 's' in final position, trailing 's' at the end of the line, 3-like 'z'. Abbreviations include apostrophe, short nasal bar, uncrossed tironian 'et'. Fusion of 'o' and round 'r', 'b' and round 'r', 'd' and round 'r', 'co', 'po'. 'st' ligature. Word-separation marked by dash. Punctus.