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Manuscript Description
Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 902
MS Appellation:SC 27573
Title:Confessio Amantis
Contents:Confessio Amantis
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:1400-1425
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:iv paper flyleaves + 2 non-original parchment leaves with 17th century text of first folio (now missing) + 183 (foliated 2-184) + 4 newer paper flyleaves
Pagination:Modern pencil arabic outer upper corner recto 1-184.
Catchwords:By scribe roughly centred below second column contained in faint small box.
Page Size:340 x 228
Frame:8 x vertical enclosing two columns with column each on left and right sides for glosses; 4 x horizontal enclosing top and bottom lines; ruled within two main text columns only; very fine grey-black lines; no pricking survives.
Writing Space:237 x 73 per column = 237 x 160
Incipits and Explicits:By the scribe in black ink and preceded by decorated paraphs.
Marginal Headings:Latin glosses in margin in the hand of the scribe in black ink.
Title by Scribe:Title added to top margin, post-medieval 'Confessio amantis a Gowero'.
Borders:On f46 bar border in gold, blue, orange, rose with white highlights; sprays extending over whole top and bottom margins with gold balls and tendrils washed with green.
Illuminated Initials:On f46 is a 3-line blue initial with white highlighting, with rose colour on gold ground. 3-line gold initials on parti-coloured blue and rose grounds with white highlighting, short sprays into margin with gold and green.
Paragraph Marks:Paraphs precede marginal glosses and are the same alternating blue with red pen-work and gold with dark blue.
Flourished Initials:One-line alternating blue initials with red pen-work and gold with dark blue pen-work.
Other Names (not owners):2 Latin couplets added to blank space on f184rb, possibly 17th century, attributed to 'Spencerus
English verses added on f184va-vb signed 'Quod m
the name '(John) Browghton' several times as pen-trials on f184vb.
Miscellaneous Info:
Further Information:Summ. Cat. 27573: Madan vol. V, pp. 290-291
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP