MS. Fr. c. 3
Summary Catalogue no.: 31073
Folio numbers in the index do not correspond to this manuscript, but its exemplar.
Anonymous prose translation from the first quarter of the fourteenth century of Durand de Champagne, Speculum dominarum (c. 1300).
Prose tract instructing a queen, possibly Jeanne d’Evreux, on proper Christian conduct.
This text is acephalous. It lacks 1 folio and 132 lines.
Added title for the text
Two columns of 48 lines each. Ruled in red ink.
One scribal hand for index, text, and rubrics. Written in secretary script with no marked insular features. Rubrics and proper names written in red ink.
Second, later hand for folio numbers and title on final flyleaf
Based on the number of lines missing from the beginning of the text, the manuscript had space for an opening image thirty lines high and two columns wide, probably depicting a friar presenting a book to a queen found in most other copies.
Decorated throughout with English-style penwork of the mid-fifteenth century. Blue capitals with red flourishes.
Provenance and Acquisition
William Constable (1721–1791), of Burton Constable Hall, Yorkshire, with his armorial bookplate.
‘Bought by the Bodleian 5 March 1891 … at … Sotheby’s (no. 1370 in Cat.).’
Last Substantive Revision
2021-07-22: Andrew Dunning Encoded description by Mattison.