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The Index of Middle English Prose

The Index of Middle English Prose: Handlist XXI: Manuscripts in the Hatton and e Musaeo Collections, Bodleian Library, Oxford

Copyright Date: 2014
Edition: NED - New edition
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 156
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    The Index of Middle English Prose
    Book Description:

    The Hatton and e Musaeo manuscript collections are important donations given to the Bodleian Library during its formative years in the seventeenth century, contributing substantially to its status as a national and international archive. The Hatton collection, associated with the aristocratic family that traces its lineage to Sir Christopher Hatton, chancellor of England during the reign of Elizabeth I, is best known for its Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, including King Alfred's translation of Gregory the Great's Pastoral Care, the oldest extant manuscript of Benedict's Rule, as well as collections of Old English homilies of Wulfstan and Aelfric (with glosses by the "Tremulous Hand of Worcester"). Among its Middle English manuscripts are religious texts, including Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ, commentaries by Richard Rolle on the psalms and ten commandments, chronicles such as the Brut and an assortment of manuscripts ranging from political prophecies and grammar treatises to compendia of medical recipes. The e Musaeo collection, so called because it was originally an eclectic group of manuscripts stored in the librarian's study, also has a variety of significant texts, ranging from the religious and devotional (a Wycliffite New Testament, Love's Mirror, and Heinrich Suso's treatise The Seven Points of True Love and Everlasting Wisdom); to the scientific and medicinal: Chaucer's Astrolabe, Friar Henry Daniel's Liber Uricrisiarum; and to the historical and the popular: the Brut and Mandeville's Travels. Patrick J. Horner, FSC (a De LaSalle Christian Brother) is Professor of English at Manhattan College.

    eISBN: 978-1-78204-265-5
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. General Introduction
    (pp. v-vi)

    When work began on the Index of Middle English Prose in 1977, it was agreed that the first step towards the preparation of a comprehensive index would be a series of detailed descriptions of the Middle English prose in various major repositories. Each of these Handlists is designed as a self-contained volume. Each includes a full listing of all Middle English prose items, and full indexing of the majority. A few general features of the Handlist should be noted:

    1. Each Handlist provides, in the order of the library’s shelfmarks, a listing of all pieces of Middle English prose in...

  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-vii)
    Patrick J. Horner
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. viii-xii)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xiii-xv)

    While the inspiration – and the first donations – for a university library at Oxford may be traced back to Duke Humfrey of Gloucester in the fifteenth century¹ and the impetus for the restoration of the space above the Divinity School and the origins of the current collection, of course, to the philanthropic leadership of Sir Thomas Bodley in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries,² the prominence of the Bodleian Library as an archival repository was only fully established by the number, size, and importance of donations that came to the library in the course of the seventeenth century. Among the...

  6. Table of Contents
    (pp. xvi-xx)
  7. Handlist of Hatton MSS
    (pp. 1-32)
  8. e Musaeo MSS
    (pp. 33-78)
  9. Macaronic Index
    (pp. 79-86)
  10. Index of Incipits
    (pp. 87-92)
  11. Index of Reverse Explicits
    (pp. 93-98)
  12. Index of Rubrics and Titles
    (pp. 99-105)
  13. General Index
    (pp. 106-110)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 111-113)