Manuscripts and Special Collections

Other medieval literary collections

The University of Nottingham holds many thousands of medieval estate records and legal papers, predominantly within the Family and Estate collections.

Listed here are a small number of further literary items - lengthy prose works and liturgical manuscripts - which survive within archival collections and other library resources at the University of Nottingham:

Drury-Lowe collection, Dr LM 1. Late 12th or early 13th century copy of Eusebius' Historica Ecclesiastica, translated into Latin by Rufinus in the 4th Century. (Microfilm only). View catalogue record

Manuscript collection MS 12. Fragments of 15th-century service books. View catalogue record

Manuscript collection MS 17/1. Leaves from a legal text book referring to royal writs applicable in various cases including that of mort d'ancestre and uses of the will 'Precipe in capite'. Undated, c. 14th century. View catalogue record

Middleton collection, Mi LM 2. Early 13th-century bound volume containing a collection of Latin grammatical and philosophical treatises. View catalogue record

Middleton collection, Mi LM 29. An account of the kings of England to Edward V; n.d. [mid-15th century]. View catalogue record

Middleton Collection, Mi O 1/4. Poem, a lament for Sir John Berkeley (d 1374 on an expedition to Brittany), in 91 lines, on the reverse of a commission for sewers dated 1394-1395. See Thorlac Turville-Petre, 'The Lament for Sir John Berkeley', Speculum 57 (1982), 332-9.  View catalogue record

Binding fragments, taken from religious service books and literary works, cut up and re-used to bind later volumes. The following examples  are described in detail in Ralph Hanna and Thorlac Turville-Petre (eds), The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts: Texts, Owners and Readers (Boydell and Brewer, 2010), pp. 114-119

  • Middleton Collection, various binding fragments: Mi A 4, Mi A 8, Mi A 9/1-2, Mi A 28, Mi A 47, Mi A 55, Mi A 72, Mi Ac 46, Mi A 131, Mi Dc 2, Mi Dc 4, Mi Dc 7
  • Archdeaconry of Nottingham Archive, various binding fragments: AN/A 1, AN/A 2, AN/A 4, AN/A 5, AN/A 12.
  • Oakham Parish Library BX1756.J6. Two fragments of the Anglo-Norman romance of Gui de Warewic (Guy of Warwick), late 13th century. These fragments were used to reinforce the binding of a book of sermons, and following its repair are now separately preserved.
 Fragment of the Gui de Warewic romance (Oakham Parish Library BX1756.J6)

  Fragments of the Gui de Warewic romance (Oakham Parish Library BX1756.J6)


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