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More details about Missal with Lections on Saints
 

 

Breviary (Latin, late 12th-early 13th cent.)

 
More details about Robert of Greatham, 'Miroir or Evangiles des Domées'
 

 

Robert of Gretham, 'Mirur' (English, mid-13th century)

 
 
 
More details about L'Estoire del Saint Graal
 

'L'Estoire del Saint Graal' (French, early 13th century)

 
 
More details about The Speculum Vitae and The Lay Folks' Catechism
 
 
More details about Prayer Book
 

 

Prayer Book (15th century)

 
 
More details about The South English Legendary
 

 

Fragments of The South English Legendary (English, early 14th century)

 
 

 

 

WLC/LM/1: Breviary (s. xii ex . or xii/xiii) 

Page from the Missal with Lections on Saints
 

An imperfect manuscript of 38 leaves, including noted hymns.

Five quires from the sanctorale in an English breviary; the materials here run from early in the service for St Margaret to the anthem following the sixth lection for St Giles, i.e. 20 July to 1 September.

The text predates the development of the Sarum Use, to which it conforms only in the outlines of the services.  

Late 12th century.

Image shows f. 29 recto.  

Bibliography

  • Historical Manuscript Commission, Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire, compiled by W. H. Stevenson (London:, 1911), p. 212.
 

 

WLC/LM/3: Robert of Gretham, 'Mirur' (s. xiii med)  

Page from Robert of Greatham, Miroir
 

A series of vernacular verse sermons on the Gospels written in Anglo-Norman French in about 1250. Imperfect, in 101 leaves and unbound.  

Mid-13th century.

Image shows f. 46 recto

Bibliography

  • Historical Manuscript Commission, Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire, compiled by W. H. Stevenson (London:, 1911), pp. 220.
  • Marion Y. H. Aitken, Étude sur le Miroir ou les Évangiles des Domnées de Robert de Gretham (Paris, 1922), pp. 12-13.
  • Robert de Gretham: Miroir ou les Évangiles des Domnées, ed. S. Panunzio (Bari, 1967, 1974), pp. 20-1.
  • For an edited text of the Middle English translation of this text see Margaret Connolly and Thomas G. Duncan (eds), The Middle English Mirror: Sermons from Advent to Sexagesima, Middle English Texts Series 34 (Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2003).  
 

 

WLC/LM/4: William of Waddington, 'Le Manuel des Péchés' and Robert of Gretham, 'Mirur' (s. xiii 2/2)  

Page from 'Miroir or Evangiles des Domées' by Robert de Gretham
 

The first of the texts in Anglo-Norman French is an imperfect copy of William of Waddington's Le Manuel des Péchés , composed c. 1220-1240, to instruct the laity. Robert Manning’s Handlyng Synne is an English verse adaptation of this text. The volume also includes a copy of the Mirur .  

c.1250-1300.

Bibliography

  • Historical Manuscript Commission , Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall , Nottinghamshire , compiled by W. H. Stevenson (London:, 1911), pp. 220-1.
  • Marion Y. H. Aitken, Étude sur le Miroir ou les Évangiles des Domnées de Robert de Gretham (Paris, 1922), pp. 12-13.
  • E. J. Arnould, Le Manuel des péchés (Paris, 1940), p. 393.
  • F. J. Furnivall, (ed.). Robert of Brunne's handlyng synne, and its French original. 2 vols (Early English Text Society, Original Series, 119, 123). 1901; 1903.
  • Robert de Gretham: Miroir ou les Évangiles des Domnées , ed. S. Panunzio (Bari, 1967, 1974), pp. 20-1.
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre and Dorothy Johnston, Image & Text: Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham (Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham Arts Centre, 1996), p. 10.
  • For an edited text of the Middle English translation of the Miroir see Margaret Connolly and Thomas G. Duncan (eds), The Middle English Mirror: Sermons from Advent to Sexagesima , Middle English Texts Series 34 (Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2003).
 

    

WLC/LM/6: French Romances and Fabliaux  (early s. xiii)  

First folio of Heldris de Cornuälle 'Le Roman de Silence'
 

A collection of 18 stories written in French, including seven romances and ten fabliaux, illustrated with 83 miniatures including knights on horseback and other scenes and grotesques.  Textual contents include the unique copy of 'Le Roman de Silence' by Heldris de Cornuälle, Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s the Roman de Troie , Ille et Galeron by Gautier d’Arras, and La Chanson d’Aspremont .  351 folios.  

1200-1250.

Image shows f. 188 recto

Bibliography

  • Historical Manuscript Commission , Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall , Nottinghamshire , compiled by W. H. Stevenson (London:, 1911), pp. 221-36.
  • Frederick A. G. Cowper, Ille et Galeron par Gautier d’Arras , Société des Anciens Textes Français (Paris, 1956).
  • Frederick A. G. Cowper, ‘Origins and Peregrinations of the Laval-Middleton Manuscript’, Nottingham Medieval Studies , 3 (1959), 3-18.
  • Le Roman de Silence , ed. Lewis Thorpe (Cambridge, 1972).
  • André de Mandach, ‘A Royal Wedding-Present in the Making’, Nottingham Medieval Studies , 18 (1974), 56-76.
  • Marc-René Jung, La Légende de Troie en France au moyen âge, Romanica Helvetica (Basel and Tübingen, 1996), pp. 124-33.
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre and Dorothy Johnston, Image & Text: Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham (Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham Arts Centre, 1996), p. 9.
 

   

WLC/LM/7 : L’Estoire del Saint Graal (early s. xiii)  

Back cover of 'L'Estoire de Saint Graal'
 

An imperfect copy of L’Estoire del Saint Graal or Roman de Joseph d’Arimathie , the first ‘branch’ of the ‘Vulgate cycle’, lacking its first leaves. The collection of Arthurian French prose romances known as the Vulgate Cycle begins with this text, describing the adventures of Joseph of Arimathia and his companions, as they travel to Britain with the Holy Grail.  

c.1200-1250.

Image shows the back cover of L’Estoire del Saint Graal

Bibliography

  • Historical Manuscript Commission , Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall , Nottinghamshire , compiled by W. H. Stevenson (London:, 1911), p. 235.
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre and Dorothy Johnston, Image & Text: Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham (Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham Arts Centre, 1996), p. 10.
  • The Vulgate Version of the Arthurian Romances , ed. H. Oskar Sommer, vol I (Washington, 1909).
 

 

WLC/LM/8: John Gower, Confessio Amantis and other works (c. 1425)  

Folio with drawing of leaves to cover blemishes in parchment
 

A copy of Gower's masterpiece of medieval English poetry, containing the second version of the Confessio Amantis , written in the late 14th century. It is followed by his French poem Traiti é pour essampler les amantz marietz together with its accompanying Latin verses (201 r-203v), and the Latin Carmen super multiplici viciorum pestilencia (204r-205v).  This is a combination found in seven other manuscripts.  Spaces were left for decoration which was never executed.  A later user has added pen sketches of animals and leaves.  

c.1425.

Image shows a folio with drawing of leaves to cover blemishes in parchment

Bibliography

  • Historical Manuscript Commission , Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall , Nottinghamshire , compiled by W. H. Stevenson (London:, 1911), p. 236.
  • The Works of John Gower , ed. G. C. Macaulay, 4 vols (Oxford, 1901).  For a description of the manuscript see vol. ii, p. clvi.
  • A.I. Doyle and M. B. Parkes, ‘The Production of Copies of the Canterbury Tales and the Confessio Amantis in the Early Fifteenth Century’, in Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts and Libraries , ed. M. B. Parkes and Andrew G. Watson (London, 1978).
  • J. Griffiths, ‘”Confessio Amantis”: the Poem and its Pictures’, in Gower’s Confessio Amantis , ed A. Minnis (Cambridge, 1983).
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre and Dorothy Johnston, Image & Text: Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham (Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham Arts Centre, 1996), p. 5.
 

 

WLC/LM/9: The Speculum Vitae and The Lay Folks' Catechism (s. xv in.)  

First folio of 'The Lay Folk's Catechism'
 

A 14th-century Middle English devotional poem giving guidance on the elements of the faith and the vices and virtues.

The Lay Folks' Catechism (248r-257r), composed by John Gaytryge in the mid-14th century, provides basic doctrinal instruction in the tenets of the faith.  Retains an early, perhaps original binding.  

Early 15th century.

Image shows the first folio of The Lay Folks' Catechism

Bibliography

  • Ralph Hanna, Speculum Vitae: A Reading Text (Oxford, 2009). The ms. is described pp. xliii-xliv.
  • Historical Manuscript Commission , Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall , Nottinghamshire , compiled by W. H. Stevenson (London, 1911), pp. 237-9.
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre and Dorothy Johnston, Image & Text: Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham (Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham Arts Centre, 1996), p. 6.
 

 

WLC/LM/11: Prayer Book (s. xv 2/2)  

Cover of prayer book in Oxford binding, c. 1460
 

An illuminated Latin devotional book with an identified Oxford binding from the 1470s. In fragile condition. Front fly leaf is supplied from a 15th-century legal document. Unidentified shields at end.  

Second half of 15th century.

Image shows the cover of prayer book in Oxford binding, c. 1460

Bibliography

  • M. Foot, Studies in the History of Bookbinding, (1993), 116, n.29).
  • Historical Manuscript Commission, Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire, compiled by W. H. Stevenson (London, 1911), pp. 240.
 

   

WLC/LM/37: Fragment of an English Life of St Zita ( s. xv med or xv 3/4)  

Single page fragment from English version of the life of St Zita
 

A single paper leaf which is the only surviving evidence of a medieval English vernacular translation of the life of St. Zita of Lucca (d. 1272).

c. 1450-1475  

Bibliography  

  • Thorlac Turville-Petre, ‘A Middle English Life of St Zita’, Nottingham Medieval Studies, 35 (1991), 102-5.
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre and Dorothy Johnston, Image & Text: Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham (Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham Arts Centre, 1996), p. 7.
 

 

WLC/LM/38: Fragments of The South English Legendary (s. xiv in)  

Small fragments of a single vellum leaf from a manuscript
 

Parchment fragments containing lines on the life of St. Bridget of Ireland from the late 13th-century English collection known as The South English Legendary .  According to the account of the fragments in the HMC report, they were used as patches in a Sarum Missal printed in 1520 which belonged to Henry Willoughby and which is now in the collection of Liverpool Cathedral.  

Early 14th century, probably 1310s.

Image shows side 1.

Bibliography

  • Historical Manuscript Commission , Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall , Nottinghamshire , compiled by W. H. Stevenson (London:, 1911), pp. 622-3.
  • Manfred Görlach, The Textual Tradition of the South English Legendary (Leeds, 1974), p. 117.
  • The South English Legendary , ed. Charlortte D’Evelyn and Anna J. Mill, 3 vols, Early English Text Society, pp. 235-6, p. 244 (1956, 1959).
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre and Dorothy Johnston, Image & Text: Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham (Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham Arts Centre, 1996), p. 7.
 

 

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