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Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury School, Confessio Amantis Fragment
MS Appellation:Gower's Confessio Amantis, Shrewsbury Fragment
Title:Confessio Amantis
Contents:fragment preserves side 1, col. A: Prologue, lines 189-95 plus ten lines of Latin side 1, col. B: Prologue 224-244 side 2, col. A: Prologue 274-94 side 2, col. B: Prologue 324-43
Language:English and Latin
Datable:First quarter of the 15th century according to Macaulay
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:One folio
Page Size:293 x 380
Frame:7-8 verticals either side of two columns and narrower columns for glosses on each side; probably 4 x horizontal of which only the two enclosing bottom line survive; may have been another two for running titles; ruled within columns for text but not glossing columns; fine gray lines.
Marginal Headings:Rubric heading and stroke of red as highlight for initial of each line.
Flourished Initials:3-line blue Lombard 'T' on side 1. On side 2, col. 2, is a 1-line red initial with blue penwork decoration in a style slightly unusual for London in 15th c.
Other Names (not owners):'Slaughten' or 'Slaughton' several times on side 1, written in a post-medieval hand; numbers '4229' and '1663' near top right of side 2. Bottom margin side 1 written 'Medsens for horses' in 16th c. hand (content of booklet of which this was used as a wrapper?)
Further Information:Letters from scholars including Macaulay who examined it, kept with the fragment.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP