Manuscript: MS 395
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Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 395
 

Produced: England, 13th-14th century

Language: French

Author: 
Illustrator: 
Scribe: 6 scribes

Binding: 19th century, diced red/brown calf, gold-tooled
Media: Parchment
Script: Gothic bookhand

Folios: 224  Height: 30 cm   Width: 20 cm

Manuscript type: Miscellany

Location: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale University), New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Family: n/a

 




 
Description

Includes the Bestiaire of Guillaume le Clerc, folios 153r-179r: Ci comence le Bestiaire en franceis. Qui ben comence et ben define/ Cest uerite seue et fine/...Ke nous al ior del iugement/ Seiom a sa destre partie/ Amen Amen chascun en die.

"4-line initials, divided blue and red (ff. 111r, 153r, 189r), with penwork in red and blue or red only. 3- and 2- line initials, red with blue penwork or vice versa (quire VI lacks flourishes on initials). Paragraph marks in red or blue; some rubrics at beginning of articles. 1-line initials stroked with yellow or red. Ink drawings in margins include King Arthur (f. 189r)." - Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

This is the manuscript designated "U" in the 1890 edition by Le Bestiaire: Das Thierbuch des normannischen Dichters Guillaume le Clerc, zum ersten Male vollständig nach den andschriften von London, Paris und Berlin (Leipzig, 1892) Reinsch. Formerly Sir Thomas Phillipps number 4156.

The manuscript also contains (folios 145r-152v) the Letter of Prester John to Emperor Manuel Comnenus, translated into Anglo-Norman verse by Raoul d'Arundel. This (spurious) letter describes several fabulous beasts said to live in the east.


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Editions and Facsimiles

Printed editions: Le Bestiaire: Das Thierbuch des normannischen Dichters Guillaume le Clerc, zum ersten Male vollständig nach den andschriften von London, Paris und Berlin (Leipzig, 1892) Reinsch, 1890


 

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