The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: B.15.17
  • Manuscript Title: Piers Plowman
  • Alternative Title:   William Langland, Piers Plowman
  • James Number: 353  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xiv.
  • Physical Description: 28-30 lines on a page. Plainly written, with rough but good ornament.
  • Provenance: 
  • Donor: Given by Willmer.
  • Size (cms): 29.5 x 20.5
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Middle English
  • Century: 14th century
  • Folio: 147 ff.
  • Collation:  18-168 172 188 l910 (wants 10 blank).
  • Notes:    See printed catalogue entry for additional information.
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  • Online Since:     04/02/2014
  • On this MS. Skeat (Piers Plowman, II. p. lxviii.) says that it represents Text B, group b. It was printed in extenso by T. Wright.

    1. f.1 Piers Plowman.
    In a somer seson . Whan softe was þe sonne.
    Ends f.130b
    And siþþe he gradde after grace . til I gan awake.
    Explicit hic Dialogus Petri Plowman.

    2. f.131 A Treatise of Sin. In double columns of 34 lines
    In euery synful man or womman þ t is bounden in dedly synne.
    Ends f.147a pray for me . þe grace of Ihesu crist be wiþ þee and kepe þee. Amen.

    3. f.147 A short poem of the love of Christ
    Printed in Rel. Ant. i. 166.
    beg. Crist made to man a fair present
    his blody body wiþ loue ybrent.
    ends Thanne shal my loue be trewe and fyn,
    And loue in loue shal make syn. Amen.

    In the binding is a bit of a xvth cent. document: the name Huysshe occurs often: also the name Gaynsford.


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