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London, British Library MS Royal 17 D.XVIII
MS Appellation:Regiment of Princes
Title:Regiment of Princes
Contents:Regiment of Princes ff. 2-99v Presentation Verses to the Duke of Bedford (IMEV 3831), f. 100
Date Range:1412-1413
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:3 new paper match pastedown + 1 original parchment flyleaf + 101 folios (last of which looks like blank flyleaf but is fourth leaf of a quire of 4) + 1 older paper flyleaf + 4 new paper flyleaves match pastedown
Pagination:Modern arabic pencil in upper outer corners foliating 1-100, not 101.
Quiring:8's now attached to single stub for each quire; last quire is of 4.
Signatures:A few small signatures survive in grey ink and are a roman numeral followed by a lower case letter for the quire; thus 'I d' on f26r,' j e' on f34r and 'iiij e' on f37r.
Catchwords:By the scribe in the lower margin near the centre of the lower margin. Catchwords are defined in various ways; some have a red line to the left and above the catchwords; others are boxed in red, black or purple ink with loops at corners of boxes.
Page Size:275 x 190
Frame:3 x vertical, 2 enclosing text and a third in outer margin creating a narrow blank column between text column and glosses; 4 x horizontal enclosing top and bottom lines; ruled within. No pricking survives.
Writing Space:181 x 104
Incipits and Explicits:None.
Marginal Headings:In the same hand as the text, in the same black ink; anglicana formata slightly larger than text and written into the space between stanzas eg 'De Vicio Auaricie' between 2nd and 3rd stanzas on f82r with a 4-line initial beginning the following stanza. 'Verba compilatoris ad librum' in the top margin of f99v and 'finis' two lines below the final stanza on f 99v.
Borders:Red and blue ink penwork bar borders with red flourishing making up the fourth side. Fine penwork.
Paragraph Marks:Stylised red paraphs to define stanzas and marginal glosses; they often extend the length of the stanza or gloss.
Flourished Initials:A 14-line initial in red and blue penwork; 3-line red and blue initials act as subheadings; decorative tendrils in purple ink.
Other Names (not owners):On folio i recto note at top (see Seymour) and rough drawings of elaborate monogram 'H' twice; i verso Nycholas Wikes writes verses, then list of family members; marginal notes ff1, 2, rectos in large script of 15th century regarding births in reign of Henry VI; top margin f95r 'davyd ?genchshede / By / Right henr'' in late 15th c. hand; after end on f99v, 've me miseriun' (one minim short), and note at very bottom in hand of 15th c; on f100 note along outer margin top to bottom is 16th c.; notes and pentrials on f100v are mixed 15th and 16th cc; include 'brother wyllyam''.
Further Information:See Mooney, SAC 33 (2011), 263-96.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP