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Detailed record for Sloane 2593

Title A collection of seventy songs and carols
Origin England, E. (?Bury St Edmunds)
Date c. 1400
Language English, Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Paraphs and lines in ink. Crosses and symbols in the margins (e.g., f. 15v).
Dimensions in mm 145 x 105 (125 x 75/95)
Official foliation ff. 37 (ff. 1, 35-37 are paper flyleaves + 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and 33 at the end)
Form Paper codex (the upper part of f. 12 is parchment)
Binding Post-1600. BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, perhaps compiled here: the text includes the only medieval carol in honour of St Edmund, and there is a reference to Kings Lynn in the text.
?Johannes Bardwell or Berdwell, monk of Bury St Edmunds (his name appears in other manuscripts as 'Johannis Berdwell'): an inscription on f. 36v in a late fourteenth- or early fifteenth-century hand: 'Joh[anne]s bardel d[ebet] istu[m] libru[m] e qweche bradel is dwellyd in C', followed by two medical recipes.
A note from the same period, on money owing :'I[tem] for dy dye of Cley xxv s. (shillings) iiij d (pence) ffor de dye yg' (f. 35v).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes The first poem is imperfect at the beginning, as some folios are lacking at the beginning of the manuscript; an earlier foliation has been cancelled (f. 2 was formerly f. 49).
Includes the poem, 'Robyn and Gandeleyn' (Robin Hood and Gamelyn) on ff. 14v-15r.
Select bibliography Songs and Carols printed from a Manuscript in the Sloane Collection in the British Museum, ed. by Thomas Wright (London: Richards, 1856).

Bernhard Fehr, Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593: Archiv fr das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 109 (1902), 33-72 (p. 41).

Richard Leighton Greene, The Early English Carols, 2nd edn (Oxford: Clarendon, 1977), pp. 293-94, 322.

Andrew Taylor, 'The Myth of the Minstrel Manuscript', Speculum, 66 (1991), 43-73.

Chris Fletcher, Roger Evans, and Sally Brown, 1000 Years of English Literature: A Treasury of Literary Manuscripts (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003), pp. 34-35.

Jane Roberts, Guide to Scripts used in English Writings up to 1500 (London: British Library, 2005), no. 40.

K.R Palti, Synge we now alle and sum: three Fifteenth-Century collections of communal song: a study of British Library, Sloane MS 2593; Bodleian Library, MS Eng. poet. e.1; and St Johns College, Cambridge, MS S.54' (unpublished PhD thesis: University College London, 2008).

'The Digital Index of Middle English Verse', ed. by Linne Mooney, Daniel W. Mosser and Elizabeth Solopova, nos. 5866, 2630, 4738, 5797, 216, 1224, 859, 6781, 1673, 2792, 6327, 5891, 3114, 5947, 113, 2098, 6877, 2407, 3418, 5275, 4404, 3172, 4744, 3427, 4253, 2281, 2167, 2174, 215, 5476, 2172, 4333, 6264, 2944, 2194, 615, 5253, 3769, 637, 925, 2722, 3357, 4761, 3424, 3113, 2641, 6875, 2771, 2043, 130, 5637, 6163, 4361, 2640, 736, 3, 5758, 2884, 3825, 3117, 4808, 5583, 608, 2365, 6189, 2257, 1190, 610, 5271, 2564, 635, 5255; online at http://www.dimev.net/Records.php?MSS=BLSl2593 [accessed 18.02.2019].


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Text page with a song on Doomsday

f. 4v
Text page with a song on Doomsday
Text page with a song in Praise of Women

f. 5
Text page with a song in Praise of Women
Text page with a song of Doomsday

f. 8
Text page with a song of Doomsday
 
Text page with a song of the Five Joys

f. 10
Text page with a song of the Five Joys
Text page with three songs

f. 10v
Text page with three songs
Text page with two songs

f. 11
Text page with two songs
 
Text page with two songs

f. 11v
Text page with two songs
Text page with the beginning of a carol

f. 12
Text page with the beginning of a carol
Text page with part of a carol

f. 12v
Text page with part of a carol
 
Text page with  part of a Carol

f. 13
Text page with part of a Carol
Text page with two songs

f. 13v
Text page with two songs
Text page with a song in Latin and marginal symbols

f. 15v
Text page with a song in Latin and marginal symbols
 
Text page with a 'Lullay' carol

f. 16
Text page with a 'Lullay' carol
Text page with a lullaby

f. 16v
Text page with a lullaby
Text page with a song for Thomas Becket

f. 23v
Text page with a song for Thomas Becket
 
Text page with 'Sir Peny' and a Pedlar's carol

f. 26v
Text page with 'Sir Peny' and a Pedlar's carol

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