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Cambridge, Trinity College R.3.22 (602)
MS Appellation:M. R. James catalogue 602
Title:Life of Our Lady, Regiment of Princes
Author:Hoccleve and Lydgate
Contents:Life of our Lady followed by Pees Makith Plenty (f109v) and Regiment (f111-208)
Date Range:1400-1450
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

No of Folios:1 new paper, 1 parchment stub, 2 new-ish paper, 1 parchment stub, text block of 1-110 and 111-210, parchment stub, 2 newish paper, parchment stub
Pagination:Modern pencil in upper outer corners recto, 1-210.
Signatures:Signatures mostly cropped but some survive in each, 'm ij' on f98 and again 'm ij' on f106, 'm iij' on f107; cross and iij on f113, cross and iiij on f114 show separate original books.
Catchwords:By scribe below right side of text in lower margin, a few words in same ink as text; in Life of Our Lady underlined by red line that forms sleigh around, in Regiment unembellished.
Page Size:238 x 165
Frame:Plain square with lines to edges of page, ruled within, rusty ?crayon? often invisible; pricking visible in outer edges of many leaves, but neither at top nor bottom.
Writing Space:158 x c. 105 ruled, but lines measure about 90 mm.
Marginal Headings:Red glosses in Life, black glosses in Regiment preceded by alternating blue or red paraphs.
Running Titles:Red running titles preceded by blue paraphs in Life of Our Lady. Pees Maketh plente poem on f109v all written in red except 'And Therefore / Grace groweth after gouernance'.
Table of Contents:Content, chapters, on ff 1-3v for Life of Our Lady; in Regiment a title was added by Stow, now cropped at very top of f111, then 'Thomas Hocclefe' below it, and on f208v, 'Regimeny' / 'Regimine principum
also 'Lidgate poemati' on paper flyleaf at beginning in much later 18-19th c. hand?
Historiated Initials:On f4 at beginning of Life of Our Lady, a 4-line blue and red incised historiated initial very small and difficult to discern content except for a man in red on right side; red penwork flourishing to left and above but turning into red and blue-and-red alternating lines down left side as border with harpoon hooks.
Flourished Initials:An unhistoriated initial beginning Regiment, and a smaller 2-line version on f1 for list of chapters of Life of Our Lady, the bar extending along lower margin as well; many 2-line blue initials with red penwork flourishing in usual style, and alternating red and blue one-line initials, not flourished, to begin each stanza in each work. An artist's count of these for Life of Our Lady on lower margin f110v, 'd C grete letteris & smale letteris xj C + d'.
Other Names (not owners):'Rogerus' on f209 possibly Roger Thorney?; on f209v, 'Margareta Thom[as] negat effluitur' in 15-16th c. hand (James).
Miscellaneous Info:Look like two separate books originally, and signatures start again with second part; but all one scribe.
Further Information:James catalogue: 3.95. Re date, James writes, 15th century, early; so perhaps soon after Lydgate wrote Life of Our Lady, or the Hoccleve could have been copied earlier'though they do look like twin volumes.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP