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Detailed record for Additional 38662

Title Guy of Warwick
Origin France or England
Date 2nd quarter of the 13th century
Language French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic, written above the top line
Scribe The same scribe as Add MS 38663 and Add MS 40142
Decoration Large puzzle initial in red and blue with penwork decoration in brown and green (f. 1). Initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in the other colour at the beginning of each verse.
Dimensions in mm 220/5 x 160 (170 x 110) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 80 (+ 2 unfoliated modern parchment flyleaves at the beginning and at the end. ff. 25 (+ 2 unfoliated modern parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end. ff. i-iii are paste-downs inside the upper binding; f. iv is a parchment flyleaf).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post 1600. Brown calf-leather. Inscription on inside covers: 'Bound by F. Bedford': Francis Bedford, (b. 1800, d. 1884) (see C. Ramsden, London Bookbinders, (Batsford: [n. pub.], 1956), p. 36).
Provenance Bound before the mid-15th century as the 3rd of ?8 Anglo-Norman romances in the 'Edwardes Manuscript' (see Herbert 'Adgar's Mary-legends' (1906) and Wathelet-William Recherches sur la Chanson de Guillaume (1969)): modern number '(3)', (f. 1).
Sir Henry Hope Edwardes (b. 1829, d. 1900), Baronet and book collector of Wootton, Derbyshire (b. 1829, d. 1900): his bookplate and coat of arms on the inside cover and his sale, Christie's, 20 May, 1901, lot 565 (other parts sold as lots 99, 404, 566 and 598).
George Dunn (b. 1856, d. 1912), bibliophile and paleographer of Woolley Hall, Berkshire: his bookplate on the inside cover.
Purchased by the British Musem at Dunn's sale at Sotheby's, 13 February, 1913, lot 506.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at
Recent studies date the text to the early part of the 13th century between 1205-1215, whereas it was formerly dated 1230-1250 (see Carol E. Harding 2009).
The present manuscript was probably the third article in a volume of heroic and pious tales in Anglo-Norman French, known as the Edwardes manuscript which was sold in separate parts in the Edwardes sale of 1901, as follows:
1. unknown;
2. Treatise on the commandments (Princeton MS);
3. Gui de Warewic (the present manuscript);
4. Chanson de Williame (now Additional MS 38663);
5. Pseudo-Turpin (now Additional 40142);
6. Life of St Margaret (now Additional MS 38664)
7. Adgar's miracles of the Virgin (French translation)
8. Life of St Catherine (now Additional 40143, ff. 1-6)
Select bibliography J.A. Herbert, 'An Early MS of Gui de Warwick', Romania, 35 (1906) pp. 68-81.

Gui de Warewic, Roman du XIIIe siecle, ed. by Alfred Ewert, 2 vols (Paris: Edouard Champion, 1932) [an edition of the text].

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1911-1915 (London: British Museum, 1969), pp. 189-90.

Judith Weiss 'The Auchinleck Manuscript and the Edwardes Manuscripts', Notes and Queries, 16.12 (December 1969) pp. 444-46.

Jean Wathelet-William, Recherches sur la Chanson de Guillaume, accompagnées d'une édition, 2 vols (Paris: Université de Liège, 1975), pp. 31, 38-46.

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), nos. 79r, 154.

Maria Careri, 'Membra disiecta. I mss. di Londra, BL, Add. 38662 (Gui de Warewic), 38663 (Chanson de Guillaume) e 50142 (Pseudo-Turpin)', Cultura neolatina, 62 (2002), pp. 211-28.

Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor, ed. by Alison Wiggins and Rosalind Field, Studies in Medieval Romance (Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2007), pp. xii, 2, 10, 18-19, 30-33, 38-41, 46, 56, 58 (MS E).

Carol E. Harding, 'Dating Gui De Warewic: A Re-Evaluation', Notes and Queries, 56.3 (Oxford: 2009), 333-335).

Ivana Djordjevic, 'Saracens and Other Saxons: Using, Misusing and Confusing Names in Gui de Warewic and Guy of Warwick' in The Exploitations of Medieval Romance, ed. by Laura Ashe, Ivana Djordjevic and Judith Weiss (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2010), pp. 28-42 (p. 29, n. 5).

Hannah Weaver, ' A Tool for Exemplary Pastoral Care: Three Booklets of the Edwardes Manuscript in Context', Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, 2.2, (2017), 296-327.

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Puzzle initial

f. 1
Puzzle initial
Decorated initials

f. 17v
Decorated initials
Decorated initials

f. 57v
Decorated initials

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