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04 March 2014

Guess the Manuscript XII

It's been a while since we've offered up another installment in our award-winning Guess the Manuscript series.  So long, in fact, that the origin of the image below is now a mystery even to us.  Embarrassing though it is to admit, we have forgotten where we found this.  How exciting!

Can you do any better?  By now you are familiar with the rules of the game; this image is from a manuscript somewhere on our Digitised Manuscripts site, and is part of our medieval collections.  You can either leave your guesses below in the comments, or get in touch with us on Twitter @BLMedieval.  Good luck!

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Comments

Royal 20.A.XVII! http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Royal_MS_20_A_XVII&index=19

That appears to comes from codex Royal 20 A XVII (f. [v]). However, in the detailed record (how can I link to it?), there is a slight omission--it should read "Ce livre contient. c. et lxviii. ff et xliiii ystoires" ("ff" is missing, standing for something "fueillets" or "fueillez").

The text you provided reads "Ce livre contient Co et lxviii ff et xliiij ystoires." I googled "ce livre contient" and "ystoires" and got the Catalogue of Illuminated Mss. entry for Royal 20 A XVII, with the note that the text comes off a "fragment of an old parchment cover." It's a Roman de la Rose ms.
OK, now back to real work ...

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