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Detailed record for Egerton 612

Title Miracles of the Virgin in verse, imperfect; Romance of Pope Gregory; La vie du Pape Saint Gregoire (ff. 75v-96), Le Roman des Romans
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language French
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration or pen-flourishing, or in red with blue or brown penwork decoration pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 190 x 135 (145 x 100) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 98 ( + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Translated by 'Willame' or 'Adgar' from a Latin collection: text (f. 2v).
William Bentham of Gower Street: inscription (f. iii verso).
Bought by the British Museum in 1836, using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), 1836, p. 43.

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), II (1893), 708-17 [with additional bibliography].

M. Dominica Legge, Anglo-Norman Literature and its Background (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963), p. 181.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 116.


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