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Detailed record for Lansdowne 732

Author Geoffrey of Monmouth
Title Historia regum Britanniae (Liber Brutus)
Origin England
Date last quarter of the 12th or first quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration Large and smaller initials with foliate infill, in red, green and brown. Large and small initials in plain red, green or brown, some with reserved designs, a few with pen-flourishing. Numerous zoomorphic run-over symbols.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 130 (155 x 85)
Official foliation ff. 71 (+ 6 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 5 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house; rebound in 1970.
Provenance William Petty (formerly Fitzmaurice) (b. 1737, d. 1805), 2nd earl of Shelburne and 1st marquess of Lansdowne, prime minister; purchased by the British Museum together with 1244 other Lansdowne manuscripts in 1807.
Notes Added in the 14th century, 'De unctione Regis et Regine' (ff. 69-71v) [not illuminated].
Select bibliography [Henry Ellis and Francis Douce], A Catalogue of the Lansdowne Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, 1819), no. 732.

H.L.D. Ward, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum 3 vols (London: Clowes and Sons, 1883-1910), I, 233-34.

Julia C. Crick, Dissemination and Reception in the Later Middle Ages, The Historia Regum Britannie of Geoffrey of Monmouth (Cambridge: Brewer, 1991), pp. 117, 121 n. 1, 140 n. 44, 141, 171, 185, 206.
Last revised: 02 January 2007


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