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Detailed record for Royal 13 A XVIII

Part 1 ff. 1-76 
Author Ivo, Bishop of Chartres
Title Letters
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Puzzle initial in blue and red with pen-flourishing in red in the form of a leaf (f. 2). Small initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Rubrics in red. Some paraphs in red. First letters of sentences highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 170 (180 x 120) in two columns
 
Part 2 ff. 77-173 
Author Wace
Title Roman de rou (f. 115); miscellany of English historical texts and games, including a treatise on chess (see Notes)
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin and French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic and Gothic cursive
Decoration Red and blue puzzle initials with red pen-flourishing (ff. 77, 93, 109, 110). Letters in blue with red pen-flourishing and in red with brown pen-flourishing. Small letters and paraphs in red or blue. Ink diagram of a backgammon board (f. 157v). Chessboard diagrams in red and black with frames in yellow and first letters of lines highlighted in yellow (ff. 161-173).
Dimensions in mm 250 x 170 (200/15 x 140) in one or two columns
 
Part 3 ff. 174-211 
Author Alanus de Insula
Title Liber de planctu naturae
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Scribe Brother R. Hethfeld
Decoration Initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. First letters of sentences highlighted in yellow. Ink drawing of a bird (f.193) and lion's (?) head (f. 194) filled in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 170 (190 x 120) mostly in two columns
 
Official foliation ff. 211 (+ one unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning, one after f. 76 and one after f. 173 + 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library binding of brown leather with the royal arms and a date of 1757.
Provenance Written by F[rater R. hethfeld]: inscribed (f. 211).
Robert Yvory, Provincial of the Carmelites of London (1379-92): inscribed 'De Dono rev[er]endi m[agist]ri fr[at]ris rob[erti] yuroi [conven]tus lond' with pressmark M.39m.
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 285' (f. 3), included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542, in the catalogue of 1666 (f. 20) and in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James’s Palace (see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), no. 8297, 8329, 8362 and 8505].
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contents include:
44 lines of Wace: Roman de Rou (f. 115);
Karolellus: Metrical version of Turpin's Chronicle (ff. 136-149v);
Genealogical table (ff. 150-156v);
Itinerary for a journey from London to Avignon and back (f. 157)
Chess treatise (ff. 161-173).
Select bibliography 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 (1893), pp. 594-96.

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, p. 84.

C. H. Talbot, ‘A List of Cistercian Manuscripts in Great Britain’, Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion, 8 (1952), 402-18 (p. 404).

Les Gius Partiz des Eschez, ed. by Tony Hunt (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1985), p. 6 [Part 2].

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. 124.

Le Roman de Rou de Wace, ed. by A. J. Holden, 3 vols (Paris: J. Picard & Co., 1970-73), III(1973), p. 21, I (1970), pp. 161-62 [Part 2, an edition of the text].

Leger Brosnahan, 'A Collation of Wace's La Geste des Normanz', Manuscripta, 16 (1972), 83-97 (p. 84), [Part 2, an edition of the text].

Diana B. Tyson, 'An Early French Prose History of the Kings of England', Romania, 96 (1975) 1-26 (p. 7) [Part 2, an edition of the text].

Diana B. Tyson, 'Handlist of Manuscripts containing the French Prose Brut Chronicle', Scriptorium, Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 48 (1994), 333-44 (p. 343).

Karolellus atque Pseudo-Turpini Historia Karoli Magni et Rotholandi, ed. by P. G. Schmidt (Stuttgart: B.G. Teubner, 1996), pp. vi-vii [Part 2, an edition of the text].

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999) nos. 6, 221.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7, (London: The British Library. 2000), H2.173.

Karsten Ploger, England and the Avignon Popes: The Practice of Diplomacy in Late Medieval Europe (Oxford: Legenda, 2005), p. 250-1

Christof Rolker, 'Canon Law and the letters of Ivo of Chartres', (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006).


Images

Part  1   ff. 1-76
Ivo, Bishop of Chartres Letters
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Inscription, puzzle initial

f. 2
Inscription, puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 77
Puzzle initial

Part  2   ff. 77-173
Wace Roman de rou (f. 115); miscellany of English historical texts and games, including a treatise on chess (see Notes)
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Decorated initial and diagram

f. 115
Decorated initial and diagram
Diagram

f. 115v
Diagram
Diagram

ff. 153v-154
Diagram
 
Backgammon

f. 157v
Backgammon
Three diagrams

f. 161
Three diagrams

Part  3   ff. 174-211
Alanus de Insula Liber de planctu naturae
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Colophon

f. 211
Colophon

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