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Detailed record for Royal 17 A XXVII

Part 1 ff. 1-70 
Title Sawles Warde (ff. 1-10), Lives of Saint Katherine (ff. 11-37), Saint Margaret (ff. 37-56) and Saint Juliana (ff. 56-70); Oreison of Seinte Marie (ff. 70-70v)
Origin England, Central (West-Midlands?)
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language English
Script Gothic, written above the top line
Scribe 'Johan' (ff. 1-10)
Decoration Framed initials in red on a green ground with pen-flourishing in red and green at the beginning of the first three texts. Numerous initials in red or green, some with pen-flourishing in the other colour.
Dimensions in mm 160 x 120 (125 x 90)
 
Part 2 ff. 71-97 
Title Prayers, hymns and miscellaneous religious texts, including verses on the Arma Christi or Symbols of the Passion (ff. 72v-80)
Origin England
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic
Decoration 24 framed miniatures in colours of the symbols of the Passion with leaf decoration (ff. 72v-79). Rubrics and text in red (e.g., ff. 80-81). Initials in blue with penwork decoration in red or in yellow with penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 160 x 120 (130 x 70/95)
 
Official foliation ff. i + 97 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1956.
Provenance Part 2: An erased chronological note referring to 1403 (f. 97), according to Warner and Gilson 1921.
Both parts: John Theyer (bap. 1598, d. 1673), antiquary, included in the catalogue of his library left to his grandson Charles Theyer (b. 1651): see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae, 3 vols. (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), II, nos. 6435, 6662.
Robert Scott (b. c. 1632, d. 1709/10), London bookseller: included in the catalogue of John Theyer’s manuscripts in his possession, appraised in 1678 by William Beveridge and William Jane, Royal Appendix, 70, no. 243.
Charles II (b. 1630, d.1685), king of England, Scotland, and Ireland: purchased from Scott together with other 311 manuscripts from Theyer's library.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Part 1: The texts are part of the Katherine group, also found in Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 34 and London, British Library Cotton Titus D XVIII . They are copied in the same West-Midlands dialect as these two manuscripts and Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 401, which contains the Ancrene Wisse (identified as the AB language by J.R.R. Tolkien, 'Ancrene Wisse and Hali Meišhad', Essays and Studies by
Members of the English Association, 14 (1929): pp. 104–26).
At the end of Sawles Warde (f. 10) is a colophon: 'Par seinte charite biddeš a pater noster for Iohan žat žeos boc wrat. Hwa se žis writ haueš ired. Ant crist him haveš swa isped. Ich bidde p[er] seinte charite. Žet se bidden ofte forme. A pater noster ant ave marie. Žet ich mote žaet lif hersprehen. Ant ure laverd wel icwemen. In mi juhe[re]de 7 in min elde. Žet ich mote jesu crist mi sawle gelden. AMEN'.
Select bibliography 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), II, pp. 220-21.

Joan Evans, English Art 1307-1461, Oxford History of English Art, 5 (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1949), p. 225.

N.R. Ker, Introduction to the facsimile of Bodley 34, Early English Text Society, Original Series 247 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1960), pp. xvii-xviii.

The Katherine Group, edited from MS. Bodley 34, ed. by S.R.T.O d'Ardenne (Paris: Société d'Edition , 1977), p. XII, [with an edition of the texts excluding 'Oreison'].

Edmund Colledge and James Walsh, A Book of Showings to the Anchoress Julian of Norwich, 2 vols (Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1978), I, pp. 54, 212n. .

Seinte Katherine, Re-Edited from MS Bodley 34 and the other Manuscripts, ed. by S.R.T.O. d'Ardenne, Early English Text Society, Supplementary Series 7 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981), pp. xlvii-ix, 1-131 [for an edition of the text from this manuscript].

Roger Dahood, 'Ancrene Wisse, the Katherine Group, and the Wohnunge Group in Middle English Prose: A Critical Guide to Major Authors and Genres, ed. by A. S. G. Edwards (New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1984), pp. 1-19 (pp. 16, 19).

Bella Millett, 'The Textual Transmission of Seinte Juiene', Medium Aevum, 59 (1990), 41-54, [on the text].

Medieval English prose for women : selections from the Katherine Group and 'Ancrene wisse', ed. by Bella Millett and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990), p. xli, n. 1.

Mary Agnes Edsall, 'Arma Christi Rolls or Textual Amulets?: The Narrow Roll Format Manuscripts of O Vernicle', p. 89; online at http://magic.pennpress.org/media/33873/mrw-92-edsall.pdf [accessed 01.03. 2017].


Images

Part  1   ff. 1-70
Sawles Warde (ff. 1-10), Lives of Saint Katherine (ff. 11-37), Saint Margaret (ff. 37-56) and Saint Juliana (ff. 56-70); Oreison of Seinte Marie (ff. 70-70v)
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Scenes from Passiontide

f. 78
Scenes from Passiontide
Christ rising from the tomb

f. 79
Christ rising from the tomb

Part  2   ff. 71-97
Prayers, hymns and miscellaneous religious texts, including verses on the Arma Christi or Symbols of the Passion (ff. 72v-80)
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Two angels holding the cloth of Veronica

f. 72v
Two angels holding the cloth of Veronica
Two angels holding the cloth of Veronica

f. 72v
Two angels holding the cloth of Veronica

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