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MS. Holkham misc. 43

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


1. (fols. 1r-)
Geoffroy de Charny, Poem on the instruction of a young knight
Incipit: Lautre iour mon chimin aloie
(part pr. by A. Piaget, Romania, 26 (1897), pp. 396–411).
Language(s): French
2. (fols. 38r-)
Geoffroy de Charny, Demandes pour la jouste
Rubric: Ce sont les demandes pour la iouste que ie Gieffroi de Charni fais haut et puissant prince des chevaliers nostre dame de la noble maison a estre iugies par vous et les chevaliers de vostre noble compaignie
Incipit: Une emprise de iouste est criee
Language(s): French
3. (fols. 48r-)
Geoffroy de Charny, Demandes pour le tournoi
Rubric: Ce sont les demandes pour le tournoi etc.
Incipit: Se uns riches hons recient uns baneres
Language(s): French
4. (fols. 54r-)
Geoffroy de Charny, Demandes pour la guerre
Rubric: Ce sont les demandes pour la guerre etc.
Incipit: Uns sires a tout son ost
Language(s): French

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: que il
Form: codex
Support: Parchment (fols. 1–45) and paper (fols. 46–80). Watermark: two circles, cf. Briquet 3141.
Extent: ii (modern paper) + 80 + ii (modern paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 130 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 160–5 × 85–90 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil: i-ii, 1–82.


1(8) (wants 1), 2(8)-4(8), 5(8) (7 and 8 canc.), 6(8), 7(4)-9(4), 10(6), 11(4) (1 canc.), 12(4)-14(4)


27 written lines, in 1 column


Gothic bookhand.


Initial with the arms of Charnay: gules, three escutcheons [argent] (fol. 1r); other smaller initials contain similar shields.

Red initials, some with penwork flourishes


Holkham binding of dark red straight-grained morocco; the spine lettered in gilt 'CHEVALERIE | DE | CHARNIE || M.S. | SÆC. XIIII'.


Origin: French ; 14th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Inscribed, 15th and 17th centuries, with phrases in French (fol. 17r, 15v respectively).

Bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE', formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 705.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.