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Detailed record for Additional 30863

Author Benoît de Sainte-Maure
Title Roman de Troie
Origin France, Central (Champagne)
Date 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language French
Script Gothic
Artists Style of Manerius of Canterbury (see Stirnemann 1993).
Decoration Numerous initials in red or green with pen-flourishing in the other colour. Paraphs in brown, some with highlighting in red. Quire enumeration in lower margins with decoration (e.g., ff. 23v, 24). Marginal notations in green (e.g., ff. 17v, 18).
Dimensions in mm 225 x 150 (180/200 x 100/20) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 132 (+1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Binding of green leather with tooling in a fleur-de-lis pattern.
Provenance Marginal notes in a 13th century hand in green ink: 'T' for a Trojan or 'G' for a Greek character in the narrative.
Notes in a 13th century hand in the lower margins: 'Folx est qui aime' (f. 38) and 'amor m'a mis en grant' (f. 56).
Inscription in a 14th-century hand: 'A Madame de Martignie madame Maulevrier saluz et bonne amor' (f. 14v).
Scribbles in a 14th of 15th century hand written vertically in the margins: 'A mon bon amy Ennuec? de lavillerns qui focit la fille bugay atere (f. 51) and 'A son bon amy Ennu' (?), partly effaced (f. 72v) and a further note in the lower margin (f. 130v).
Ambroise Firmin-Didot (b. 1790, d. 1876), diplomat and publisher: ex-libris on the inside front cover inscribed: 'Bibliotheca Ambrosii Firmini Didot' and the date, 1850.
Purchased at the Didot sale in Paris, 18th June, 1870.
Notes The text is close to Arsenal 3340 (dated 1237). It contains many omissions and is incomplete at the beginning and end. Some pages are torn (ff. 1, 45) and some have the lower margins cut off (ff. 15, 101, 102).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1876-1881 (London: Trustees, 1882), p. 122.

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), I (1883), pp. 924-25.

Le roman de Troie de Benoît de Sainte-Maure, ed. and trans. by Emmanuele Baumgartner (Paris: Union Générale d'Editions, 1987), [for an edition and translation of the text].

Scot McKendrick, 'La vraye histoire de Troye la grant’: truth and romance in the late medieval story of Troy in literature and art', in Why Fakes Matter. Essays on Problems of Authenticity, ed. by Mark Jones (London: British Museum, 1992), pp. 71-80.

Patricia Stirnemann, 'Some Champenois Vernacular Manuscripts and the Manerius style of illumination' in Les Manuscrits de Chrétien de Troyes ed. by Keith Busby et al., 2 vols (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993), I, pp. 195-226 (pp. 198, 205, 210).

Marc-René Jung, La Légende de Troie en France au moyen age (Basel & Tubingen: Francke Verlag, 1996), pp. 21, 22, 24-26, 100-10.


Maria Careri, Christine Ruby and Ian Short, Livres et écritures en français et en occitan au XIIe siècle: Catalogue illustré (Rome: Viella, 2011), p. XXV.

Benoît de Sainte-Maure, The Roman de Troie, translated by Glyn S. Burgess and Douglas Kelly (Cambridge : D.S. Brewer, 2017) p. 432.


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