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Detailed record for Egerton 2710

Author Guischard de Beauliu
Title Theological miscellany, including a paraphrase of the Old Testament, in verse, imperfect, and a life of John (ff. 139v-142v)
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration 1 full-page ink drawing with a red wash of Christ in Majesty (f. 1). Large initials in gold on blue grounds with white filigree, with pen-flourishing in red and blue extending into the margins. Large initials in red with brown or blue pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing. 1 marginal drawing in brown ink of Saul (f. 35v). Line-fillers in red and blue. From f. 136, paraphs in red or brown, probably added. Decorated title (f. 143v).
Dimensions in mm 260 x 180 (180 x 130)
Official foliation ff. 151 ( + 2 unfoliated parchment leaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with gold tooling by F. Bedford; gilt edges.
Provenance The Benedictine nunnery of St Mary, King's Mead, Derby: late 15h-century inscription (f. 83v).
W. G. Warton, Esq. , bought on 14 January 1889 by the British Museum, using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes One of four copies of Guischart de Beauliu's sermon, or Romaunz de Temtacioun de Secle in alexandrines in rhyme; another copy is Harley 4388 (see Legge 1963).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1888-1893 (London: British Museum, 1894), no. Eg. 2710.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 59.

M. Dominica Legge, Anglo-Norman in theCloisters: The Influence of the Orders upon Anglo-Norman Literature, Edinburgh University Publications Language and Literature, 2 (Edinburgh: University Press, 1950), pp. 113-14.

M. Dominica Legge, Anglo-Norman Literature and its Background (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963), pp. 134-38.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 57.

La vie de Saint Laurent: An Anglo-Norman Poem of the Twelfth Century, ed. by D. W. Russell, Anglo-Norman Text Society, 34 (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1976), preface, pp. 3-4 (as 'B') [with additional bibliography].

La Vengeance de Nostre-Seigneur: The Old and Middle French Prose Versions, ed. by Alvin E. Ford, 2 vols, Studies and Texts, 63 and 115 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1993), II, pp. 2, 52 [ff. 39-41).

Ruth J. Dean and Maureen B. M. Boulton, Anglo-Norman Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts, Anglo-Norman Text Society, Occasional Publications Series, 3 (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), p. 509.

Ian Short, 'Introduction, The Texts', in The Trinity Apocalypse (Trinity College Cambridge, MS R.16.2) (London: British Library, 2005), pp. 123-36 (p. 129).


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Christ in Majesty

f. 1v
Christ in Majesty
Illuminated initial

f. 2
Illuminated initial
Illuminated initial

f. 35v
Illuminated initial
 
Decorated initial

f. 83v
Decorated initial

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