Manuscripts

London, British Library, MS Cotton Vespasian E xi

  • s.xiiimed and s. xiii
  • Welsh manuscripts
  • vellum
Identifiers
Location
Collection: Cotton
Shelfmark
Vespasian E xi
Type
composite. It consists of two independent parts which were bound together in the 17th century, when both were held in the Cottonian library: # ff. 1-45: Welsh lawbook, with additional texts written by the same scribe. In 1613, the lawbook was without binding or cover. Holes suggest that it was sewn on three bands. # ff. 46–132: letters of Peter of Blois. This part was separated from a codex of St Augustine's, Canterbury, whose other part is now preserved as London, British Library, MS Arundel 282.(1)n. 1 Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Provenance and related aspects
Date
s.xiiimed and s. xiii
(1) Welsh lawbook (ff. 1-45, 133-134): mid-13th century;
(2) ff. 46–132: 13th century.(4)n. 4 Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Origin, provenance
Gwynedd (e.g. Bangor and Aberconway) or south-west Wales. The southwestern elements may derive from an earlier Latin exemplar like that contained in the now lost Llyfr y Tŷ Gwyn.(7)n. 7 Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Hands, scribes
Additions
Glosses on ff. 15r–v and 16.(2)n. 2 Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Codicological information
Material
vellum
Dimensions
17.7 cm × 13.2 cm
177 x 132 mm.(3)n. 3 Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Collation
The quires of the lawbook are of irregular length: (1) ff. 1–12; (2) ff. 13–26; (3) ff. 27–36; (4) ff. 37–43, presumably a blank; (5) one leaf followed by ff. 44-45. In the original binding, the last quire appears to have come at the beginning. Ff. 133-134 probably represent the final parchment flyleaves in the original binding.(8)n. 8 Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Foliation / Pagination
134 folios.(9)n. 9 Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Palaeographical information
Layout
Two columns, except ff. 1r, 1v and 2r, which use continuous lines (even though the ruling had been made for two columns).(6)n. 6 Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Script
Single hand, "small regular textura with a slight backward tilt".(5)n. 5 Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Distinct units
ff. 1-45

Welsh lawbook.

ff. 46-132

Letters of Peter of Blois.

133-134

Flyleaves, originally part of the Welsh lawbook.

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Sources

Notes

Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.
Daniel Huws, ‘Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 415–419.

Secondary sources (select)

Huws, Daniel, “Descriptions of the Welsh nanuscripts”, in: Charles-Edwards, T. M., Morfydd E. Owen, and Paul Russell (eds.), The Welsh king and his court, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000. 415–424.
Huws, Daniel, Medieval Welsh manuscripts, Cardiff and Aberystwyth: University of Wales Press, 2000.
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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