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MS. Fr. e. 22

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)



In French, with commentary in Anglo-Norman rhyming verse by William Giffard ‘chapelain del iglise seint Edward [probably Shaftesbury]’. Beg imperf. due to the loss of the first leaf, pr. from this MS. by O. Rhys, Anglo-Norman Texts VI, Oxford, 1946.

Language(s): Anglo-Norman
Poem on the seven deadly sins
Incipit: Orgueil fet homs avanter

Pr. ibid. pp. 123–4. Also MS. Bd in the edition by K. A. Murchison, '“The Effects of the Seven Sins”: A Critical Edition', Scholarly Editing 38 (2017), with images of fols. 86v-87v.

Language(s): Anglo-Norman

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Einz fu
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: vii + 91 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 125 mm.
Dimensions (written): 145 × 75 mm.


1(8) (wants 1), 2(8)–10(8), 11(8) (8 canc.); catchwords


27 long lines, ruled in red


"Fine borders, initials." (Pächt and Alexander iii. 703, pl. LXXI)

5-line initials, decorated with foliage and abstract designs, on gold background.

Initials with full borders made of pink, blue and gold bars, decorated with sprays of foliage, flowers and gold disks on fols. 14r, 28v, 40v, 53r, 63r and 75r. Winged grotesque as part of the border on fol. 28v.

2- to 3-line blue initials, decorated with red penwork.

Red and blue line endings with abstract designs.


red morocco binding by W. H. Smith.


Origin: 14th century, end ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Adam Heknin' (?), 17th century

John Atridge, South Weald, Essex, early 18th century

For subsequent history see ed. cit. p. xii.

Bought from the executors of Sir John Fox, 1946.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff

Last Substantive Revision

2018-06-25: Added link to Scholarly Editing