Advanced Search   *   Manuscripts   *   Scribes   *   Authors   *   Letters
Home   *   About the Project   *   Bibliography
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Find What? Search by
Manuscript Description
London, British Library MS Harley 2392
Title:Troilus and Criseyde
Contents:Troilus and Criseyde
Date Range:1425-1450
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

No of Folios:i paper flyleaf + i parchment flyleaf + 1-145 parchment and paper leaves + i parchment flyleaf + i paper flyleaf
Pagination:Pencil in outer upper corner recto.
Quiring:Each quire mounted separately within guard strips. Outer and inner folios of quire are in parchment the rest of paper. 1-11(12, 12(14)
Signatures:a-m but misses j, combined with roman numerals some of which have been trimmed; lower margin right corner.
Catchwords:In middle of text box in lower margin and with sleigh underline concave on left and straighter on right.
Page Size:210 x 145
Frame:Square 2 x vertical, 2 x horizontal; where visible in brown crayon.
Writing Space:140 x 90
Incipits and Explicits:Explicit to first book on f20v, prohemium to third book noted in margin of f51v, and prohem. to 4th book on f84v with marginal title for 4th book on f85; explicit to poem on f145v 'Explicit liber Troili / merci dieu & g(ra)nt m(er)ci / quod Style'.
Marginal Headings:Glosses in hand of scribe and ink of text in both margins.
Borders:In red and blue ink; a 4-sided border on the first folio attached to a simple flourished initial letter 3 lines in height;
Flourished Initials:Blue initial flourished with red pen-work begin Proem and Book II, same for Books III and V
Other Names (not owners):On f1r is 'Henrici Spelman'. Harley purchased the Spelman collection in 1709.
Further Information:Seymour I. 76.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP