Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 768

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1300 to 1325
Date notesAccording to Kennedy (1980, 46) 'in a fourteenth century hand'. The frequent use of two-compartment 'a' with open upper compartment and long 's' in final position, although less uncommon in Southern hands, suggests a date early on in the fourteenth century.
Place(s) of productionItaly
The script has some of the characteristics of Southern textualis. The tironian 'et' is uncrossed. The limb of 'h' is very round. The ascender of 'd' is nearly horizontal.
First words of second recto folio[f.178ra] Apres ceste auision .
First words of last recto folio[f. 199ra] pour lamor de ih(es)ucrist
Incipit[f.178ra] Il prent corpus d(omi)ni (et) fet signe a boorz / que il mengue auant (et) il si fet sisa genoille / dauant lui (et) quant il fu agenoilles / li priudons li dit boorz uoiz tu ce que / ie tieng
Explicit[f. 199vb] pour lamour duroi henri so(n) / seigneur qui fist lestoire trans later / de latin en francois . Si se test atant li / contes . que plus ne dit des auentures du seinc graal . / Ci fine le sant graal . (et) parole de / la mort artu . /


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:The folios are worn and damaged by damp.



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Physical description

General illustration:none
General decoration:Major subdivisions are marked by pen-decorated puzzle initials (height: 8 lines). The text is further structured by means of pen-decorated initials (height: 2 lines) alternating between red and blue with flourishings in red (blue initial) and purple (red initial).
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto. The foliation is erroneous: f. 178 should be foliated '187'.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 178r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions340x244 (mm)
Justification286x203 (mm)
18mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationRed ink is used only for decorated initials.
Writing above top line?False
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Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom f. 178ra to f. 199vb
Datec. 1300
Scribe description:Very round hand, leaning towards the right. Two-compartment 'a', the upper compartment of which is closed. Both round and straight 's' are used in final position. Southern features include the round limb of 'h', the almost horizontal shaft of 'd', the uncrossed tironian 'et'.