Jesus College MS. 2
ed. Geoffrey of Monmouth, De gestis Britonum, ed. Michael D. Reeve, trans. Neil Wright, Woodbridge, 2007. For §§ 6–63 of Reeve’s division, the text here belongs to his ∆ family and for the rest to a branch related to Cambridge, Caius College 406/627.
The text is contaminated and interpolated (e.g. the cited incipit) with an often chronological gloss. Extensive glosses in the same hand appear also in margins, beginning on fol. 1r: ‘Nota quod iste numerus semper …’. As for the Prophetia Merlini (fols. 96r–145v ‘Sedente itaque Vortigerno … hac tribulatione remedium), an extensive interlinear gloss, too, was planned, but was (like all glossing in this section) only sporadically executed.
The number of (long) lines in the corpus text depends on the amount of glossing, and is in general between 22 and 28. No ruling. 140–165 × 90–100 mm. The measurements for the written area exclude the glosses, which are of variable size.
For fols. 96–145, Prophetia Merlini, the written area is, only 8 or 9 long lines. 115–130 × 60 mm.
The final verso is in a slower bastard anglicana hand of the same period; there is no break in the text coinciding with the change.
Whittawed skin over oak boards; sewn on six raised bands. The final folio of the lower endleaves serves as a pastedown.
The present binding incorporates an entire book which was never finished with regard to glossing. The two sets of contemporary foliation suggest that the quires were not bound together immediately once the main text was completed.
Provenance and Acquisition
On fol. 1r, an ?18th-cent. hand enters ‘Autore Galfrido Arthurio Monumetensi. Vide Perkinsi Problema; pag. 43.’ The reference is to an entry on the author in W. Perkins, Problema de Romanae fidei ementito Catholicismo, London, 1604.
How and when the book entered the College is unknown. Pressmarks on spine: ‘74’; ‘⟨Ar⟩ch. ⟨1–⟩2’ (paper label); ‘MS. Jesus Coll. Ox. E. 2’ (paper label); fol. i recto: ‘1 Arch. 1–2’; ‘8’; ‘2027’; ‘Numb 8’; ‘(74)’ crossed over. Title on the cover, almost completely worn out, possibly in the same 19th-cent. hand as in Jesus College 3; ‘2º fº Regnat xxix’.
Description by Samu Niskanen (January 2011), revised by Andrew Dunning (December 2022). Previously described:
Last Substantive Revision
2022-12-09: Andrew Dunning revised description by Samu Niskanen.