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The Index of Middle English Prose

The Index of Middle English Prose: Handlist XIX: Manuscripts in the University Library, Cambridge (Dd-Oo)

Copyright Date: 2009
Edition: NED - New edition
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 530
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    The Index of Middle English Prose
    Book Description:

    Cambridge University Library is one of Britain's major repositories of medieval manuscripts. Its two-letter collection (Dd-Oo) includes just over 1,000 medieval western manuscripts, and amongst these may be found examples of every type of Middle English prose composition. Religious works predominate: there are several copies of the Wycliffite Bible, various sermon cycles, and works by Love, Hilton and Rolle; there is also a vast number of unattributed religious works. Secular texts are represented by the works of Chaucer, Mandeville's Travels, and no fewer than eight copies of the Brut. The collection is also extremely rich in Middle English prose writing in the fields of science and information, preserving medical, gynaecological, veterinary, culinary, alchemical, mathematical, heraldic and linguistic texts. Altogether the current handlist covers 207 manuscripts, and indexes more than 1250 separate items. MARGARET CONNOLLY teaches in the School of English at the University of St Andrews.

    eISBN: 978-1-84615-736-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. General Introduction
    (pp. v-vi)
    A. S. G. Edwards

    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. Acknowledgements
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Margaret Connolly
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. ix-xx)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xxi-xxxi)

    An authoritative account of the history of Cambridge University Library before the twentieth century is given by J. C. T. Oates (from its foundation up until the Copyright Act of Queen Anne in 1710) and David McKitterick (the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries); the brief summary of the library’s development which is given below is greatly indebted to their work.¹ More recently Peter D. Clarke has edited the surviving early catalogues and booklists of the university library for the Cambridge volume in theCorpus of British Medieval Library Cataloguesseries.² An overview of the collections is given in the volume of...

  6. Manuscripts Checked and Found to Contain no Middle English Material
    (pp. xxxii-xxxiv)
  7. Summary List of Contents
    (pp. xxxv-lx)
  8. [Dd.1.1-Dd.15.19]
    (pp. 1-82)
  9. [Ee.1.2-Ee.6.33]
    (pp. 82-125)
  10. [Ff.1.6-Ff.6.55]
    (pp. 125-167)
  11. [Gg.1.1-Gg.6.26]
    (pp. 167-185)
  12. [Hh.1.3-Hh.6.13]
    (pp. 185-204)
  13. [Ii.1.2-Ii.6.55]
    (pp. 204-246)
  14. [Kk.1.3-Kk.6.44]
    (pp. 247-306)
  15. [Ll.1.8-Ll.5.18]
    (pp. 307-327)
  16. [Mm.1.15-Mm.6.38]
    (pp. 328-340)
  17. [Nn.3.6-Nn.4.12]
    (pp. 340-351)
  18. [Oo.6.110-Oo.7.45]
    (pp. 352-352)
  19. Macaronic Index A: Works in Latin and English
    (pp. 353-373)
  20. Macaronic Index B: Works in French and English
    (pp. 374-376)
  21. Macaronic Index C: Works in Latin, French, and English
    (pp. 377-378)
  22. Index of Incipits
    (pp. 379-403)
  23. Index of Acephalous Incipits
    (pp. 404-404)
  24. Index of Reverse Explicits
    (pp. 405-424)
  25. Index of Reverse Atelous Explicits
    (pp. 425-426)
  26. Index of Rubrics and Titles
    (pp. 427-452)
  27. General Index
    (pp. 453-468)
  28. Back Matter
    (pp. 469-471)