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Detailed record for Additional 37677

Author Richard de Wethershed, Richard Alkerton, Thomas Wimbledon
Title Sermons and theological works
Origin England, Central
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin and English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Initial in blue with decoration and full border in red a blue (f. 61v). Initials in blue with pen-flourishing in red. Rubric in gold (f. 101). Musical notation with initials in red or blue with deocation in the other colour (f. 1). Line-fillers in red and blue. Initials in red. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 150 (180 x 115/20)
Official foliation ff. 107 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Original binding of wooden boards with doe-skin covers now kept separately.
Provenance A note in a 17th century hand, including a reference to 'Champion Dymock' (ff. 6v-8).
The library of the Archdeaconry at Huntingdon: bought from the Archdeaconry by the British Museum, 13 July 1908: a note on f. [ii].
Notes Contents include:
ff. 4-56v: Treatise of Richard de Wethershed, Archbishop of Canterbury (r. 1229-1231);
ff. 57-61: A sermon of Richard Alkerton, imperfect at the beginning, delivered at Easter,1406 according to the colophon at the end;
ff. 61v-83v: Part of 'Somme le Roi' translated into English;
ff. 84-98v: Sermon on Luke 16:2, 'Redde racionem villicacionis tue', preached by Thomas Wymyldon in 1388;
ff. 101-105: A sermon, elsewhere attributed to Wycliffe, incipit, 'Oure lorde Jesu Crist techeth us to p[ra]ie ev[er]more'.
Additions on flyleaves, ff. 1-3 and 106-107 include a fragment of a service book containing the Nativity from the Gospel of Matthew, with music (f. 1) and a charm beginning, 'Thy ys the copy of the wryt th[at] the angyl browt fro hew[i]n to sent Leo the pope' (f. 107).
Catchwords and medieval foliation.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1906-1910 (London: British Museum, 1912), pp. 102-03.

R. H. Bowers, 'A Middle English Poem on Usury' Medieval Studies 17 (1955), 226-32 (p. 226).

Nancy H. Owen, 'Thomas Wimbledon's Sermon: 'Redde racionem villicacionis tue' ', Medieval Studies, 28 (1966), 176-97 (p. 176).

Angus McIntosh, 'Towards an Inventory of Middle English Scribes', Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 75 (1974), 602-22 (p. 606, n. 1).

H. L. Spencer, 'The Fortunes of A Lollard Sermon Cycle in the later fifteenth Century', Medieval Studies 48 (1986), 352-96 (p. 360).

Veronica O'Mara, 'A Checklist of Unedited Late Middle English Sermons that Occur Singly or in Small Groups', Leeds Studies in English, New Series, 19 (1988), 141-66 (pp. 141, 154-55).

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), no. 882.

Two Middle English Translations of Friar Laurnet's Somme le Roi: Critical Edition, ed. by Emanuelle Roux (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010) [an edition of the text of this manuscript and Royal 18 A x].

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f. 61v
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f. 101
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