London, British Library, Additional 9785

La vraye ystoire de Troye (final rubric)

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General information

Folio notes:Contains only Prose 1 of the 'Troie'.
LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1500
Date notes'vers 1500' (Jung 1996, 465).
Place(s) of production
First words of second recto folio[f. 2r] maintenent au temps
First words of last recto folio[f. 243r] APRES CE Quil / ot ale
Incipit[f. 1r] APR[...] EFFERMA / mede[...] pitit escrínher sien / et traist hors vne ymage par art / subtillement faicte
Explicit[f. 243v] Mais par de / droit compte cellon ce que je le trouay / sans riens couurir de verite ou de / mensonge demoustre en telle manyere / que nulz ny pourroit riens ajoindre / ne muer qui pour vray deust estre / remue // Ce la fin de la vray(e) / ystoíre de Troye , ou tant de / roys et de p(ri)nces moururent / en tant de douloureuses / batailles po(ur) si pitit docasion / Co(m)me dit est


Material:Material object (1)
Condition:The tears at the top and base of f. 1 have been repaired, as have those at the corners of, e.g., ff. 36 and 216. Foxing and small stains occur throughout. Ink, particularly that of display script, shows through (and has occasionally corroded) the paper.



1-1812 1914 2013

Quire structure:Twelve regular sexternions, followed by a quire of 14 leaves and no doubt another of 14 that has lost its final leaf. The second quire was once in disarray, but the leaves have now been bound in the correct order.
Quire marks:
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (4)

Physical description

General illustration:
General decoration:Chapters open with coloured initials (height: c. 5 lines), alternating red and blue, with minimal decoration. The first two or three words of each chapter are in a large gothic display script. Majuscules are washed yellow.
Evidence of readership:At the base of f. 1r: ex-libris of François de Ponnat (17th c.). f. 34v: nota mark beside 'Car no(us) / leur auyons tant meffait que la paix estoit / bonne par deuers no(us) / Et me samble que / grant pouurete de sens est <quy> qui ne / redouble les chouses'. f. 79v: nota mark beside mention of 'la manyere des fe(m)mes'. f. 82r: nota mark beside 'Et mainteffois aduie(n)t / que par vne qui en rit sont díx . qui / en pleurent'. f. 165v: a maniculum points to 'Ycy appert vne partie de lestable courage / des fe(m)mes'. At the base of f. 196v: 'franss??uin?? mathuen...'.
Foliations description:Modern pencil foliation in the upper right-hand corner of recto sides. The numbering of ff. 15-22 has been emended to reflect the corrected order of these leaves.

Mise en page

Description 1The scribe often writes beyond the bounds of the ruled area.
Page sampled170r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions263x189 (mm)
Justification167x105 (mm)
mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (9) (RulingMaterials object (7) )
RubricationIn addition to chapter headings and initials, red ink is used for paraphs, occasional line-fillers, and strike-through (e.g. f. 131).
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (5)
ScriptScript object (9)
Folio rangeFrom 1r to 243v
Date?1475 to 1499
Scribe description:Features of this cursive hand of varying quality include: single-compartment 'a'; consistently looped ascenders; 'g' with a tail looping to the right; B- and 6-shaped round 's' in final position; open 'v' in initial position; single-stroke 'x'.