Language(s): Middle English and Latin
1. (fols. 1r-6v)
, Letter of Cupid
Incipit: To hire name ȝhit is it no reprefe | ffor all to vertu was þ(a)t she wrowght
Explicit: The yeer of grace ioyfull and iocound | A thowsand(e) foure hundred(e) the secunde
Final rubric: Explicit l(itte)ra Cupidinis directa | Subditis suis Amatoribus DIMEV 1092
2. (fols. 7r-8v)
, The Pain and Sorrow of Evil Marriage
Incipit: ⟨G⟩lory vnto God laude and benyson | To Iohn to Petir & also to Laurence
Explicit: Wherfore yonge men(ne), to eschewe sorowe & care | W(i)t(h)drawe your foot or ye ffall in the snare
Final rubric: Explicit DIMEV 1525
3. (fols. 8v-10r)
, Examples against Women
Incipit: ⟨T⟩O Adam and Eve Crist gave the sou(er)aigte| Of Paradice and domynacio(u)n
Explicit: Some renne in riote of custome this is no faile | Suche woll disceyue there nature is so frayle
Final rubric: Explicit DIMEV 5962
4. (fols. 10v-30v)
, Instructions to his Son
Rubric: ⟨I⟩niciu(m) mei tractus sit in no(m)ine do(m)ini Ih(es)u Chr(ist)i a quo ...
Incipit: In the begynnyng of this litle werke | I pray god my penne to lede
Explicit: Safe only nature þe which doth me spede | To the my Childe to þis simple dede
Final rubric: Explicit liber consolac(on)is & consilij DIMEV 2594
Book I only
5. (fols. 31r-39r)
, A Complaynt of the Black Knight
Rubric: The man in the erber
Incipit: ⟨I⟩N May whanne fflorra the lusty Quene | The soill hath cladde in grene rede and whight
Explicit: Exiled be that I may not atteyn(e) | Recou(er) to ffynde of myn(e) adu(er)site
Final rubric: Explicit Edorb q(uo)d DIMEV 2541
6. (fols. 39v-43v)
, Anelida and Arcite
Incipit: ⟨O⟩ Thowe fers god of armes mars the rede | That in thy ffrosty Cuntre called Trace
Explicit: With in the Temple w(i)t(h) a sorowfull chere | That Shapyn was as ye shall aftir here
Final rubric: Explicit lamentacio Annelide | Regine Ermonie DIMEV 5823
7. (fols. 44r-52r)
, Parliament of Fowls
Rubric: The p(ar)lement of ffowlis
Incipit: The life so short the crafte so longe to lerne | The assay so harde so sharp(e) the conqueryng
Explicit: That I shall mete some thyng for to fare | The bettir and thus to rede I woll not spare
Final rubric: Explicit | Here endith the parlement of ffowlis DIMEV 5373
8. (fols. 52r-53v)
, Fall of Princes
Rubric: (W)here Bochas rep(re)uyth hem(me) þat yeue | hasti credence to eu(er)y report or tale
Incipit: All though so be in eu(er)y maner Age | ffolkis been dyu(er)s of Condicions
Explicit: Bethe circumspect not hasty but prudent | And yeuyth no credence w(i)t(h)out auysement
Final rubric: Explicit expliceat sic scriptor ludere eat DIMEV 1904
Book I, lines 4458-4662, 4817-4844.
Support: Paper. Fols. 1-17: ‘Armoires-Pal’ (Briquet, 2064); fols. 18-53: ‘Armoires-Trois Fleurs de Lis’ (similar to Briquet, 1725).
Frame ruled in ink (faded) in 34-44 long lines. 202 × 70 mm.
Anglicana: Daniel W. Mosser identifies the scribe as John Brode, whose hand also appears in John Rylands Library, MS. English 113 (copied c.1475–1500). Brode may also be responsible for the anadrome, ‘Explicit Edorb quod’ (fol. 39r). See Daniel W. Mosser, ‘The Scribe of Chaucer Manuscripts Rylands English 113 and Bodleian Digby 18’, Manuscripta, 34 (1990), 129-47.
A space of two to three lines left for initials at the beginnings of texts and textual units: fols. 7r, 10v, 31r, 39v, 44r, 52r.
Dating from Late Medieval English Scribes.