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DUL MS Cosin V.ii.12 G. de Columnis, Ps.-Turpin, etc. s. xv in.

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Owing to inconsistencies with the source software, accented characters appear in varying compound forms. This has not yet been rationalized.

25/1/94 AJP after AID check of AJP revision of AJP

[1] + 2 (medieval pastedown (raised) and conjoint flyleaf) + 146 + 2 (medieval flyleaf and conjoint raised pastedown) + [1]; foliated 1- 149, with 137 repeated. Membrane (0.13 mm.; some natural edges and flaws; quires with fleshside outermost); 250-255 x 170 mm.

Collation: 18 wants 1 before f. 3, 2-98, 108 wants 4-5 after f. 76, 11-128, 138 with 3 + 6 misbound inside 4 + 5 (i.e. recte ff. 99, 98, 101, 100), 148 wants 6-7 after f. 108, 15-188, 198 wants 2 after f. 141. Catchwords on quires 1-18. Signatures in soft brown on quires 3-13: a-l. Rectos numbered in ink or sharp gray in the first half of quires 2 and 15-18. Inner bifolium marked in soft brown at lower end of gutter in quires 1-6, 8-9 and 11-16.

No evidence of pricking. Written space 177-182 x 111-114 mm.; framed in sharp brown. 39 unruled long lines.

Written, including chapter-rubrics, in anglicana, expertly, with short r and kidney-shaped final s, by one hand, probably in two phases, the second starting at f. 109 (148) in darker ink and with descenders of bottom line extended.

Decoration: paraphs, in red or blue alternately, in text, to sidenotes of items 2 and 5 and to catchwords on quires 1-3, 6, 11- 12. Initials: (i) to chapters in list in item 4(e), 1-line, blue or red alternately; (ii) to books and chapters, 2- or 3-line, in blue, with red infilling and flourishing occasionally including a grotesque profile (ff. 6v, 78, 111v, 118, 125v). Illuminated (?) initials probably lost with the beginnings of items 2-5: a small fragment of blue foliage remains on f. 125v.

No running-titles.


ff. 1-2v originally blank, save perhaps for an early drawing of a thorny braid at the lower right corner of f. 1.

1. f. 2v (added, s. xv) (a) Ad omnia que insurgunt vicia. disce remedium aliquid habere. Cum corpore deprimeris; ... ... esca vermium mox futurum;

(b) Hora est .xxiiijta. pars diei. Dies est vijma pars ebdomade ... .xv. mille anni faciunt perigenesim. et tunc secundum quosdam omnes planete debent reduci in punctum quo create fuerunt inde irreuocabiliter remansure;

(c) Largus amans hilaris ridens rubeique coloris. | Sanguineus ... ... Non expers fraudis luteique coloris. Melancolicus.

(a) ILWVV no. 0272, only listing a copy in Paris BN lat. 15700;

(c) Versus de quatuor complexionibus. ICV no. 10131; CIMSWL col. 811; pr., with additional brief prose comments, p. 179 in L. Thorndike, "Unde versus", Traditio 11, (1955), 163- 193.

2. ff. 3-108v [Licet cotidie vetera recentibus ... lost] mentans. Dixit enim hos Mirmidones in .xiiij. Methamorphoseos ... ... Versus Achillis siue Epitaphia. Peleidos ... Qui straui tociens armis victricibus hostes [final 39 lines lost]

Guido de Columnis, Historia destructionis Troie. Ed. N. E. Griffin, (Mediaeval Academy of America 26; 1936), pp. 5/29 - 189/17 'exercitu omnis depellatur' (f. 76v), 194/24 'hostibus non permittat' (f. 77) - 275/21. The division into books in this copy diverges from the edition: here Bk 3 begins at ed. IIII para 2 (p. 34/26); ed. V is divided in two (p. 50/29); VI - XX are 6 - 20 here, with XXI and XXII part of 20, and XXIII - XXXI numbered 21 - 29 here; the next number given is 33, for ed. XXXIIII, followed by 'vltimus'. This arrangement is not found in any of the copies described in CAT.ROM i,40-54. This copy is considerably more corrupt than the six used for the edition, but in its reading 'a duobus dromedarijs' (f. 53v/6-7) it preserves, where they do not (ed. p. 129 note 30), the original source, Le roman de Troie par Benôit de Sainte-Maure, ed. L. Constans, (Société des anciens textes fran,cais [51]; 1904-1912), i, line 7905, as does the Middle English translation, The "Gest Hystoriale" of the Destruction of Troy, ed. G. A. Panton & D. Donaldson, (EETS 39 & 56; 1869 & 1874), line 6207; this copy also has 'Pendracum' (f. 48 line 12) for 'Pandarus' (p. 115 note 23), which is closer to the Middle English 'Pendragon' (line 5436) than 'Pandratum' in ed. MS A (London British Library MS Additional 36671), see G. R. Wood, "A note on the manuscript source of the alliterative Destruction of Troy", Modern Language Notes 67, (1952), 145-150.

The text lost at the beginning amounts to some 76 lines, the equivalent of one folio; 170 lines are lost between ff. 76 and 77, the equivalent of two folios. Two bifolia, folios 98/101 and 99/100, were misbound in reverse order at an early date, so that the text runs 99, 98, 101, 100, without loss; direction notes were supplied s. xv to assist the reader.

3. ff. 109-125v [Gloriosissimus namque Christi apostolus Iacobus ... lost] Magerta. Sancta Eulalia. Tilaueria. que est fructifera. Medicacelin .i. vrbs excelsa. Bellariga. ... ... Vt pietate dei subueniatur etc. Explicit liber Turpini de gestis Regis (f. 124v) Karoli. Calixtus papa de inuencione corporis Turpini Archiepiscopi et Martiris. Beatus Turpinus Remensis Archiepiscopus christi martir post mortem Karoli Regis ... superius legendo fas est inueniri. De Altu maiore Cordube. Qvid patrie Galecie post mortem Karoli accidit a nobis ... (f. 125v) celesti munere remunerabuntur. De hoc quod Nauarri de vera prosapia non sunt geniti. Ivlius Cesar. vt traditur tres gentes nubianos ... apostolus et Euangelista sua predica <a few letters>d conuertit etc.

Pseudo-Turpin, Historia Karoli Magni, cum appendiciis tribus. Ed. C. Meredith-Jones, Historia Karoli Magni et Rothlandi ou Chronique du pseudo-Turpin, (Paris; 1936, repr. 1972), p. 94 line xviii - p. 250, from Paris B. N. MS Nouv. Fonds latin 13774. This copy, which is not mentioned, belongs to Family A, and has the same divisions as the copy printed, with additional breaks at pp. 194 line xviii; 206,i; 222,iv; 224,i,iii,vi,xv; 225,iv. That copy has a similar collection of associated items as below ff. 124v- 141v, as do Rouen MS U.134 (s.xii-xiii, from Jumièges), and its copies, Rouen MSS Y.198 (s.xii-xiii, from St Ouen) and O.34 (s.xiii, from Jumièges), which are described as 'Familles St. Denis- Anglo-normandes', A. de Mandach, Naissance et développement de la chanson de geste en Europe: i La geste de Charlemagne et de Roland, (Publications Romanes et Françaises 67, Geneva & Paris; 1961), p. 368. The full corpus of associated items occurs in the Compostella compilation, but that contains a B text, ed. W. M. Whitehill, Liber sancti Jacobi: Codex Calixtinus, (Santiago de Compostella; 1944), i,304-347, 359. The first two appendices are generally found following the main text, the third frequently.

The amount of text presumed to be lost at the beginning is the equivalent of one folio.

4. (a) ff. 125v-126v Incipit prefacio kalixti pape de <...> Iacobi et de translacione corporis eius. <[Kalixt]>us papa seruus seruorum dei heroibus famosissimis ... [Quoniam in cunctis torn away] ... ... non intelligentibus magna proficiat. Quicquid in eo scribitur auctenticum est magnaque auctoritate expressum Miracula sancti Iacobi que in hoc codice continentur ... legantur. Idem de Historia Karoli que in hoc codice in principio .s. continentur et a beato Turpino Remensi Archiepiscopo describitur statuimus;

(b) ff. 126v-129 Prologus Calixti pape super translacione sancti Iacobi. Hanc beati Iacobi translacionem a nostro codice excludere nolui ... ... se poscentibus inuicto suffragio patrocinaturus auxiliante domino nostro iesu christo cuius regnum et ipsum cum patre et spiritu sancto perhenniter manet in secula seculorum amen;

(c) f. 129r-v Epistola leonis pape de translacione sancti Iacobi Apostoli. Noscat vestra paternitas dilectissimi Rectores tocius christianit[at]is qualiter in hispania integrum corpus ... ... se deposcentibus inuicto suffragio patrocinaturus auxiliante deo et saluatore nostro iesu christo cuius regnum et imperium cum patre et spiritu sancto perhenniter M. in se. se. Amen;

(d) ff. 129v-131 De tribus solempnitatibus sancti Iacobi. Beatus lucas euangelista in actibus apostolorum ostendit beatum Petrum ... ... Mulierum ... sequebantur cum summa deuocione et sobrietate ... varietate decoratis integebantur et decorabantur;

(e) ff. 131-141v De miraculis sancti Iacobi que Kalixtus pape in vnum collegit etc. O Petre precium est beati Iacobi apostoli miracula ... diligenter legatur. Incipiunt capitula. De viginti viris ... et totidem ab apostolo liberatur. Expliciunt capitula. Incipit liber miraculorum sancti Iacobi ... Beatus Iacobus apostolus cum summa obediencia passionis ... ... in syderis sedibus ipsa anima sit ornata quod ipse prestare dignetur qui vi. et reg. in se. se. Amen.

(f) f. 141v De quodam paupere quem beatus apostolus vno pane per quindecim dies pascebat. Anno dominice incarnacionis .Mo. Cmo. xxxixmo. lodowico Rege Francorum ... ... in sacculo suo inueniebat. ¶ O admirabile factum helie ... in se. se. Amen;

(g) f. 141v Hec sunt miracula memoranda que olim sancti Iacobi festa non colentibus diuina vlcione operante euenerunt ... ... ab alijs superuenientibus attonite deportantur in [next folio lost].

(a) Epistola ps.-Calixti II papae. P. Jaffé, Wattenbach et al., Regesta Pontificum Romanorum, (Leipzig; 1885), no. 7108; Codex Calixtinus, i,1-3; C. Meredith-Jones, Op. cit., pp. 344-347, from which this diverges by omitting the reference to Jerome et al. 'que in primo codice habentur', adapting the sentences (pp. 345-346) concerning reading, omitting the section on liturgical observances, and having a final sentence referring to the Historia Karoli at the beginning of the codex. BHL, no. 4072 (epistola only).

(b) Epistola ps.-Calixti II papae. Codex Calixtinus, i,289-294; BHL, no. 4062.

(c) Epistola ps.-Calixti II papae. Jaffé, no. 4328; Codex Calixtinus i,294-296; BHL, no. 4061.

(d) Ps.-Calixtus, De tribus sollemnitatibus S. Iacobi. Codex Calixtinus i,296-299; BHL, no. 4072(h).

(e) Miraculae S. Iacobi. Codex Calixtinus i,259-287; BHL, no. 4072(b). The standard collection of twenty-two miracles.

(f) Miraculum S. Iacobi adscriptum Alberico abbate Vizeliacensi. Codex Calixtinus i,400-401; BHL, no. 4075.

(g) Calixtus II (Guy de Bourgogne), Sermo in vigilia S. Jacobi, frag. Codex Calixtinus i,20; BHL, no. 4072 (d-f).

5. (a) f. 142 [Qui igitur appetit vivere ac durare, studia adqui]rere que durabilitate quiunt [for conueniunt] et vitam conseruant ... est summa medicina.

(b) ff. 142-143v Discipuli siquidem ypocratis sapientis depinxerunt formam eius ... ... declina semper ad meliorem partem et probabiliorem partem. ¶ Explicit liber Aristo[te]lis de Phisonomia. Completus est tractatus de signis ... monarcha in septentrione.

Pseudo-Aristotle, trans. Philip of Tripoli, Secreta Secretorum extr: (a) ... II,2, and (b) ... IV,1-17 (de physionomia). Ed. Rob. Steele, Opera hactenus inedita Rogeri Baconi v, (Oxford; 1920), p. 66 lines 1-18, p. 165 line 4 - p. 172. Cf. T&K col. 495. B.L. MS Royal 12.G.iv fol 138v only accords with Cosin from 'discipuli hypocratis ...', and Cambridge Gonville & Caius MS 487(483) fols 1-3 does not have the preceding passage either.


6. ff. 143v-147v Liber de pomo et morte Aristotilis. E[recte C]vm clausa esset via veritatis sapientibus et impedita via rectitudinis intellectuum ... ... et reponat eam in thesauris suis sicut dignum est hominis animam directi et perfecti sicut tu es etc. Explicit liber de morte Aristotilis.

Aristotle pseud., trans. Manfred, De pomo. CIMSWL col. 286; pr. Aristotle, De pomo, etc., (Cologne; 1474), fols 2v-10, as here, without divisions.

ff. 148-149v a bifolium, ruled for 30 long lines occupying 182 x 125 mm., blank save half a line of musical notes f. 149v.

Correction and annotation

Correction over erasure, by the copyist. Sidenotes by the copyist in items 2 and 5.


Written in England.

Secundo folio mentans. Dixit (f. 3).

f. 1v 'In custodia domini Iohannis Attleburgh monachi norwicy', f. 1v, s. xv2; 'Attleburgh', f. 149. Dan John Attylburgh, who died in 1505 or 1506, see BRUC p. 23, is mentioned in 1463 in the will of John Baret of Bury, Wills and Inventories from the Registers of the Commissary of Bury st Edmund's ..., ed. S. Tymms (Camden Soc. 49, 1850), pp. 16, 40.

'Geo. Davenport. | 1664.', on slip stuck to front paste-down; his note on item 3, f. 109; his list of contents, f. 2, below a title in a hand of s. xvi/xvii found in Cosin MS V.ii.11, etc.

Binding: Marks on front and back pastedowns (raised) of six bands, VVV. Now standard, s. xix med., one clasp.