British Library, Harley MS 273
|England, Late 13th - early 14th c
|British Library, London, England, UK
|Richard de Fournival
|Height: 22.3 cm Width: 14.2 cm
Includes the Bestiaire d'amour by Richard de Fournival on folia 70r-85v. The Bestiaire is illustrated with crude pen drawings.
This is the copy of the Bestiaire designated L.
Also contains multiple other unrelated texts.
A calendar which precedes the other texts includes the dedication of the church of St. Lawrence, Ludlow (the largest parish church in Shropshire); the manuscript was undoubtedly made for use in the parish. It contains a variety of texts, all in French but not all religious--one concerns how a lord or lady show manage their estates, another gives rules for ensuring love and friendship -- which suggests that the book may have been owned by a wealthy layperson, rather than a cleric. A bestiary in French follows the Psalter, illustrated with ink drawings.
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