Public revisions or private responses? The oddities of BL, Arundel MS. 197, with special reference to Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God
ARUNDEL 197 is a curious manuscript. Dating from the third quarter of the fifteenth century, it is a small volume of seventy-three folios, measuring 192 x 132 mm, very plain, without decoration, and showing no signs of ownership from the medieval period. The volume once belonged to Henry Howard, Duke of Norfolk, as the ink stamp on f ir indicates, but nothing is otherwise known of its provenance or history. The material it contains is entirely devotional in nature, consisting of two longer texts and a collection of shorter pieces as outlined below.