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Detailed record for Additional 70513

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Author Nicholas Bozon (attributed to)
Title Lives of Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Paphnutius and Paul the Hermit
ff. 9-267 
Author Guernes de Pont-Saint-Maxence, Clemence of Barking and Matthew Paris
Title A collection of metrical lives of saints including Thomas Becket, Catherine of Alexandria and Edmund (The 'Campsey Manuscript')
Origin England
Date 4th quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic
Decoration 3 initials in blue with penwork decoration in red (f. 1). Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 180 (175 x 130) in two columns
Official foliation ff. iii + 267 (ff. 266 and 267 are parchment flyleaves + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Diced leather with the Portland insignia in gold and blind tooling. Marbled endleaves.
Provenance The Augustinian Priory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Campsey, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, owned by it and used for refectory reading in the 14th-century: inscriptions in French (ff. 1, 265v).
Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (b.1689, d. 1741), probably acquired by him in the early 18th century (see Russell (2003), p. 56).
William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland b. 1879, d. 1943): his heraldic bookplate (f. i) and in the exhibition catalogue of his library at Welbeck Abbey in 1903, manuscript. I.C.1 (the catalogue description by Strong (1903), p. 5 is on a paper paste-down (f. ii)).
William Arthur Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 7th Duke of Portland (b. 1893, d.1977) loaned by him to the British Museum in 1947 as part of the Portland Loan, no 29/61.
Accepted by the state in lieu of estate duty as part of the Portland Papers (volume 513) in 1986 and passed to the British Library in 1987.
Notes Contents of part 2 include:
ff. 9-50: St Thomas Beckett;
ff. 55v-85v: St Edward the Confessor;
ff. 85v-100: St Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury, translated from Latin for Isabel, Countess of Arundel;
ff. 100v-134v: St Audrey (Ethelreda) of Ely, here attributed to 'Marie' in the colophon;
ff. 134v-222: St Osyth, St Faith (attributed to Simon of Walsingham (f. 148) and St Modwenna;
ff. 222-244v: Richard de Wych, Bishop of Chichester (attributed to 'Piere de Pecham (f. 244v);
ff. 246-265: St Catherine of Alexandria.
Remains of strings which probably held parchment tabs marking the beginning of some of the saints lives (e.g., f. 100, 156).
Select bibliography S. Arthur Strong, A Catalogue of Letters and other Historical Documents exhibited in the Library at Welbeck (London: John Murray, 1903), pp. 5-8.

Richard Vaughan, Matthew Paris (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1958), pp. 168-78.

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. 28 [listed as Welbeck Abbey, Duke of Portland I.C.1, on deposit to the British Museum].

British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, New Series 1986-1990, 2 vols (Londons: British Library, 1993), II, Descriptions, pp. 599-601.

Delbert Russell, 'The Campsey Collection of Old French Saints' Lives' Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 57 (2003), 51-83.

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), nos. 508, 521, 523, 538, 539, 545, 566, 567, 570, 579-82.

Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, 'Powers of Record, Powers of Example: Hagiography and Women's History' in Gendering the Master Narrative: Women and Power in the Middle Ages, ed. by Mary Carpenter Erler and Maryanne Kowaleski (New York: Cornell University Press, 2003), pp. 71-94 (pp. 87-90).

June Hall McCash, 'La vie seinte Audree : A Fourth Text by Marie de France ?', Speculum, A Journal of Medieval Studies, 77 (2002), 744-77.

Elisabeth von Thuringen: Eine Europaische Heilige, ed. by Dieter Blume and Matthias Werner, 2 vols (Petersburg: Michael Imhoff, 2007), I, Katalog, no. 289.

Emma Campbell, Medieval Saints' Lives: The Gift, Kinship and Community in Old French Hagiography (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2008), pp. 181-204.

The Electronic Campsey Project: electronic editions of French verse saints' lives written in medieval England (Department of French Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada, updated 2010) online at: [] [accessed 6.2.2014].

Sara Gorman, 'Anglo-Norman Hagiography as Institutional Historiography: Saints' Lives in Late Medieval Campsey Ash Priory', The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, 37.2 (2011), 110-28.

Lucy Freeman Sandler, ‘The Lumere as lais and its Readers: Pictorial Evidence from British Library MS Royal 15 D ii’, in Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces, ed. by Elina Gertsman and Jill Stevenson (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2012), pp. 73-94 (p. 76, no. 9.


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Nicholas Bozon (attributed to) Lives of Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Paphnutius and Paul the Hermit
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Text page with ownership inscription

f. 1
Text page with ownership inscription
Life of St Thomas of Canterbury

f. 9
Life of St Thomas of Canterbury
Edward the Confessor

f. 55v
Edward the Confessor
Text page with initials

f. 85v
Text page with initials
St Richard de Wych

f. 222
St Richard de Wych

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