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The Index of Middle English Prose

The Index of Middle English Prose: Handlist XX: Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Copyright Date: 2009
Edition: NED - New edition
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 246
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    The Index of Middle English Prose
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    The majority of the medieval manuscripts in Corpus Christi which contain Middle English prose came to the College as part of the bequest of Matthew Parker (1504-75), archbishop of Canterbury, who in 1568 had been given authority by the Privy Council to collect "auncient recordes and monumentes written" for "perusyng of the same". These manuscripts came from all over the south of England, having mainly originated in monastic libraries. Some were subsequently returned to their owners, but the majority appear to have remained with Parker and to have been considered his personal property, to dispose of as he wished. The majority went to Corpus Christi, where he had been Master from 1544-53. Of the 433 Parker manuscripts in the College, 48 are indexed in this Handlist. A further four manuscripts, derived from other sources, containing Middle English are also included. The texts range in length from jottings in the margin of the Bury Bible (MS 2) to a complete Wycliffite sermon cycle (MS 336). The great majority are religious texts; among those are the Ancrene Wisse, The Compendyous Treatise, Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ, Richard Rolle's English Psalter, A Treatise of Goostely Batayle, Walter Hilton's Scale of Perfection, Beniamyn minor and the Treatise on the Seven Points of True Love and Everlasting Wisdom. There are also a large collection of fourteenth-century medical recipes, Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabe, Trevisa's translation of Higden's Polychronicon and William Worcester's Itineraries. Kari Anne Rand is Professor of Older English Language at the University of Oslo.

    eISBN: 978-1-84615-737-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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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)
    Kari Anne Rand
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. ix-xviii)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xix-xxiv)

    The Parker Library and the collection of medieval manuscripts in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, have been described in detail in a number of publications.¹ I refer the interested reader to those, and provide an overview here.

    The College was founded in 1352 by the Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary, and was consequently more than two hundred years old when it received the gift of Matthew Parker’s books in 1575. C.R. Cheney notes that in spite of the relatively small size of the College (with the Master in the fifteenth century presiding over four to eight fellows),...

  6. Summary List of Contents
    (pp. xxv-xxxii)
    (pp. 1-132)
  8. Macaronic Index A: Works in Latin and English
    (pp. 133-147)
  9. Macaronic Index B: Works in French and English
    (pp. 148-149)
  10. Macaronic Index C: Works in Latin, French and English
    (pp. 150-150)
  11. Index of Incipits
    (pp. 151-163)
  12. Index of Reverse Explicits
    (pp. 164-172)
  13. Index of Atelous Explicits
    (pp. 173-173)
  14. Index of Rubrics and Titles
    (pp. 174-184)
  15. General Index
    (pp. 185-200)
  16. Index of Manuscripts Cited
    (pp. 201-212)
  17. Back Matter
    (pp. 213-215)