Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 25520

[Part 2]

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General information

Folio notes:The first folio was lost and has been replaced with a 15th-c. surrogate. Possibly, it was excised for its frontispiece.
Approx. datec. 1225 to 1250
Date notesDate suggested by Jonas. Arthurian Fiction gives 1200 to 1250. See also: Stones 1988. The Lancelot-Graal project dates the MS c. 1290 to 1300.
Place(s) of productionEngland
Place suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project.
First words of second recto folio[f. 5ra] auoir baillie p(ar0 le meilleur chastel /
First words of last recto folio[f. 176ra]
Incipit[f. 4ra] por oir [...] a g(ra)nt [...] / de hau[...] homes . (et) [...] li . iij. cozi(n) fure(n)t uenu si s(on)t descendu en la cort (et) mo(n) / tent en la sale . (et) lors ont (com)me(n)cie a / parler de lenfant q(ue) lanc(elot) ot fet ch(eualie)r / Si dit Boors q(ui)l nauoit onq(ue)s mais / veu home q(ui) ta(n)t resa(m)blast a lanc(elot) (com) / il faisoit . (et) certes ie ne creru iames /


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good quality vellum. First folio (f. 4) damaged in the upper margin. Folio 5 damaged in the lower outer margin. Folio 32 damaged in the lower inner corner. Burn (?) holes, ff. 175-176 (cf. f. 1, in the 15th-c. part of the MS).


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Physical description

General illustration:A single page-width miniature at the start of the 'Mort' (f. 91r, height: c. 11 lines). preceded by a titulus in red ink [ci] comence la branche de la mort au bon roy artu de la [...] ligne. The image, which is divided in half, shows two scenes. At the left is a joust between two mounted knights. At the right, the king lies in state, in the background a cross and two mourning (female) figures. An (English?) leopard in the upper right corner.
General decoration:Puzzle initials (height: 6-7 lines, e.g. f. 11va, 16vb, 20rb, 22ra, 43ra, 53vb, ), in blue and red with flourishings in the same colour. Smaller initial (height: 4 lines) at the opening of the 'Mort' (f. 91r). Paragraphs marked by pen-decorated initials (height: 2 lines, 3 lines on f. 91r) alternatingly blue and red with flourishings in the other colour.
Evidence of readership:On f. 19v, in the lower margin, noted in a 15th-c. hand 'les ch(eua)l(ie)rs du pais des [...] / et leur fire(n)t homage'. In the lower margin of f. 140v, alphabet, a-e.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 8r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions211x144 (mm)
Justification186x115 (mm)
8mm between columns
RubricationTitulus in red ink at the opening of the 'Mort' (f. 91r).
Writing above top line?False
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Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 4ra to f. 176vb
Scribe description:Northern textualis, with two-compartment 'a', the upper compartment of which is open, uncial 'd', 'e' without tongue, mainly straight 's' in final position, but occasionally also round 's', 'v' occurs in initial position, 3-like 'z', Abbreviations include nasal bar. superscript vowels ('o', 'i', 'a' ,'e'), crossed tironian 'et', 'p' with crossed descender, and 'est' abbreviation. Fusion of 'o' and round 'r', 'de'. 'st' ligature. punctus. Word-separation unmarked.