Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 767

[Part 1]

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General information

Folio notes:Folios wanting after ff. 1 and 5. One bifolium, the original ff. 2-7, was lost.
LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1250 to 1300
Date notesBased on the writing. Wrtitten below top line. The use of ampersand instead of the more modern 'et' ligature suggests an early date, possibly in the second quarter of the 13th c. The abundant use of round 's' would place the writing slightly later, possibly c. 1250.
Place(s) of production
Although not conclusively, the script may suggest an origin in Southern regions, e.g. Italy.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] et mout e(m)pities . Et claudas apela un ior banins . et li dist . / [the original ff. 2 was lost, cf. folio notes].
First words of last recto folio[f. 6ra] (et) endroit no(m) elizab el . la roine genieure fu de g(ra)nt biaute / [this part of the MS is incomplete]
Incipit[f. 1ra] EN la marche de gaule / et de la petite beetai(n)gne / auoit .ii. rois ancie(n)e / me(n)t q(ui) estoie(n)t frere ger / main Li uns des rois / auoit no9m) roi ban de be / noy Et li autres li rois / boors de gaunes li rois / ban estoit viex hom . / et sa fame estoit ioine / dame et bele trop d(ur)ene(n)t Et mout (par) estoit bone dame . /
Explicit[f. 6vb] En tel maniere ont lapais faite . Si cheuauchent / tant p(ar) lors iornees . quil sont aborges uenuz . Si / est mout g(re)nt la ioie . que les gens claudas font  de li . /


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Fair quality vellum. Stains ff. 98-101. In the lower part of f. 1rb, the text has faded.


Quire structure:One catchword in the lower margin of f. 6v. Originally a quaternion. One bifolium, the original ff. 2-7, was lost.
Quire marks:
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (17)

Physical description

General description:Incomplete at the end.
General illustration:Not illustrated.
General decoration:The text opens with a large puzzle initial (height: 10 lines). Similar initials and large plain initials (height: 6-7 lines) at major subdivisions . Plain initials (height: 2 lines), red and blue at paraghraphs.
Evidence of readership:On f. 1r, in the upper margin, trimmed 'PRIN', old shelfmarks '420' '7148', note 'MDCCLV'. On f. 4v, faded and trimmed annotation in the outer margin.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions386x259 (mm)
Justification258x195 (mm)
16mm between columns
Column ruling present
Line ruling present
RubricationNo tituli in red ink.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:None
ScriptScript object (16)
Folio rangeFrom to
Datec. 1250 to 1300
Scribe description:Compact, round textualis, in a hand which is contemporary to or possibly slightly earlier than the hand in the second part of the MS (ff. 8 to 1040). Two-compartment 'a' the upper compartment of which is open, uncial 'd', 'e' without tongue, 8-like 'g'and 'Rücken'-'g' with small lower lobe, , limb of 'h' descends below the baseline, diacritic on 'i' in minim group, 'n' and 'm' with rounded feet, straight 's' and round 's' in final position, 3-like 'z'. Abbreviations include 'com' and 'us' abbreviations, superscript vowels ('i', and more distinctively 'e' and also 'o'), apostroph, nasal bar, 'st'-ligature, 'p' with crossed descender, no use of tironian 'et', but the more archaic ampersand. Fusion of 'o' and round 'r', 'h' and round 'r'. Punctus.