Manuscripts and Special Collections

Further Reading

Decorative flourish from WLC/LM/6

Published descriptions of items from the Wollaton Library Collection

  • Ralph Hanna and Thorlac Turville-Petre (eds), The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts: Texts, Owners and Readers (publication forthcoming, Boydell and Brewer, 2010)
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre, exhibition catalogue Image & Text: Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham (University of Nottingham, 1996)
  • Historical Manuscripts Commission, Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire , compiled by W.H. Stevenson (London, 1911)


Published editions of Wollaton Library Collection texts

WLC/LM/4, Mirur

  • Thomas G. Duncan and Margaret Connolly (eds.) The Middle English Mirror : sermons from Advent to Sexagesima, edited from Glasgow, University Library, Hunter 250; with a parallel text of The Anglo-Norman Miroir edited from Nottingham, University Library, Mi LM 4 (Heidelberg [Germany] : Universitatsverlag Winter, 2003). This is the first in a proposed series, and covers only part of the volume.

WLC/LM/4, Le Manuel des Péchés

  • 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. The text of the French original is not from WLC/LM/4, but from another manuscript.

WLC/LM/6, Le Roman de Silence

  • Edition with facing page translation, by Sarah Roche-Mardi (ed. and transl). Silence: A Thirteenth-Century French Romance (East Lansing: Colleagues, 1992)
  • Modern English translation in F. Regina Psaki (ed). Le Roman de Silence . Garland Library of Medieval Literature 63 (New York : Garland, 1991)
  • Lewis Thorpe (ed). Le Roman de Silence : a thirteenth-century Arthurian verse-romance (Cambridge : Heffer, 1972)

WLC/LM/6, La Veuve (also known as 'Li Provance de Femme')

  • Charles H. Livingston, Le Jongleur Gautier Le Leu: Étude sur les fabliaux , Harvard Studies in Romance Languages 24 (Cambridge MA, 1951). The text is not from WLC/LM/6, but from another manuscript.

WLC/LM/7, L'Estoire del Saint Graal

  • Modern English translation in N. J. Lacy (ed). Lancelot-Grail: The Old French Arthurian Vulgate and Post-Vulgate in translation , 5 vols (New York and London, 1993-6), volume 1
  • Jean-Paul Ponceau (ed). L'estoire del Saint Graal , 2 vols (Paris : H. Champion, 1997). The text is not from WLC/LM/7, but from another manuscript.
  • H. Oskar Sommer (ed).  The Vulgate Version of the Arthurian Romances , vol I (Washington, 1909). The text is not from WLC/LM/7, but from another manuscript.

WLC/LM/8, John Gower, Confessio Amantis and other works

  • G. C. Macaulay (ed). The Works of John Gower , 4 vols (Oxford, 1901). The text is not from WLC/LM/8, but from another manuscript.

WLC/LM/9, Speculum Vitae

  • Ralph Hanna (ed). Speculum Vitae: v. 1 & 2: A Reading Text (Early English Text Society Original Series) (Oxford: OUP, 2008). The text is not from WLC/LM/9, but from another manuscript.

WLC/LM/9, The Lay Folks' Catechism

  • Frederick Simmons and Henry Edward Nolloth (eds.) The lay folks' catechism : or the English and Latin versions of Archbishop Thoresby's Instruction for the people; together with a Wycliffite adaptation of the same, and the corresponding canons of the Council of Lambeth (Early English Text Society, 1901). The text is not from WLC/LM/9, but from another manuscript.

WLC/LM/37, Life of St Zita

  • Thorlac Turville-Petre, 'A Middle English Life of St Zita', Nottingham Medieval Studies , 35 (1991), 102-105

WLC/LM/38, Life of St Bridget

  • Charlotte D’Evelyn and Anna J. Mill (eds). The South English Legendary , 3 vols (Early English Text Society, 1956, 1959). The text is not from WLC/LM/38, but from another manuscript.


Select list of secondary literature

The Wollaton Library Collection

  • Essays in Ralph Hanna and Thorlac Turville-Petre (eds), The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts: Texts, Owners and Readers (publication forthcoming, Boydell and Brewer, 2010)

WLC/LM/4, Mirur

  • K.V. Sinclair, ‘The Anglo-Norman Patrons of Robert the Chaplain and Robert of Greatham’, Forum for Modern Language Studies , 27 (1992), 193-208 [concerning WLC/LM/4]
  • Robert de Gretham: Miroir ou les Évangiles des Domnées , ed. S. Panunzio (Bari, 1967, 1974), pp. 20-1.
  • Marion Y. H. Aitken, Étude sur le Miroir ou les Évangiles des Domnées de Robert de Gretham (Paris, 1922), pp. 12-13.

WLC/LM/4, Le Manuel des Péchés

  • E. J. Arnould, Le Manuel des péchés (Paris, 1940), p. 393.
  • Ruth J. Dean and Maureen B.M. Boulton, Anglo-Norman Literature: a guide to texts and manuscripts (Anglo-Norman Text Society Occasional Publications Series, 3) (London, 1999), no. 635, pp. 349-351

WLC/LM/6, Le Roman de Silence

  • Special issues of Arthuriana : Volume 7, number 2, Summer 1997, and Volume 12, number 1, Spring 2002, both ed. F. Regina Psaki
  • André de Mandach, ‘A Royal Wedding-Present in the Making’, Nottingham Medieval Studies , 18 (1974), 56-76
  • Frederick A.G. Cowper, ‘Origins and Peregrinations of the Laval-Middleton Manuscript’, Nottingham Medieval Studies , 3 (1959), 3-18

WLC/LM/8, John Gower, Confessio Amantis and other works

  • 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: responses and re-assessments , ed. A. Minnis (Cambridge, 1983)

WLC/LM/9, Speculum Vitae and the Lay Folks' Catechism

  • Sue Powell, ‘The Transmission and Circulation of The Lay Folks’ Catechism’ in Late-Medieval Religious Texts and their Transmission , ed. A.J. Minnis (Cambridge, 1994), 67-84
  • Matthew Sullivan, ‘The Role of the Nassington Family in the Medieval English Church’ in Nottingham Medieval Studies , 37 (1993), 53-64

WLC/LM/11, Prayer Book

  • M. Foot, Studies in the History of Bookbinding (1993), 116, n.29.

WLC/LM/37, Life of St Zita

  • Francis W. Cheetham. Unearthed : Nottingham's medieval alabasters (Nottingham : Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, [2004]). King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Not 3.R14 UNE
  • Sebastian Sutcliffe, 'The Cult of St Sitha in England: An Introduction', in Nottingham Medieval Studies , 27 (1993), 83-89

Other documents

  • Thorlac Turville-Petre, ‘The Persecution of Elizabeth Swillington by Ralph, Lord Cromwell’ in Nottingham Medieval Studies , vol. 42 (1998), 174-187 [concerning Pa L 2]
  • Alan Cameron, ‘Complaint in Henry VII’s Reign: the Origins and Reform of the Statute of 3 Henry VII, c.2?’, Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research , 51, Issue 123 (May 1978), 83-89 [concerning Mi 5/168/23/1] 


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