MS. Eng. poet. d. 200
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
James the Great, ed. E.E.T.S.235, pp.334 1.213–341
Seven Sleepers. Pr. from MS. Ashmole 43 by C. d'Evelyn, ‘The Legend of the “Seven Sleepers of Ephesus” in the South English Legendary’ in Studies in language and literature in honour of Marret Schlauch, Warsaw, 1966, pp.86–91
St. Lawrence, ed. E.E.T.S.236, pp.358–364
ed. loc. cit., pp.365–73
40 long lines in original MS. Ruling not visible/present.
Red initials and paragraph marks.
Loosely sewn, and contained in a modern paper wrapper. A record of the structure, made before the addition of the wrapper, is kept in Duke Humfrey's Library, at REFS. LVI.6.
Provenance and Acquisition
Written in a dialect which has been attributed to Gloucestershire; originally part of London, B.L., Egerton MS. 2810 see Manfred Görlach, The textual tradition of the South English Legendary (Leeds Texts and Monographs N.S.6), 1974, pp. 107–8.
Fols. 8-9 were added in the 15th century, in a dialect attributed to Cheshire; a 15th-century list of contents was subsequently added on fol. 3v of Egerton MS. 2810.
? Henry de Wele, of Weston, near Muggington, Derby, early 16th century: inscribed on fol. 188v of Egerton 2810: 'Henry de Wele dwellyng in Weston in ye parache of Mogyngton in the counte of Derbe'; it is quite possible that the present MS. still formed part of the parent MS. at this date, but that it was separated by the time George Allen of Darlington (1736-1800) had the parent volume bound.
William Thomson, archbishop of York (1819-90): found among his personal correspondence.