Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, IV 852, fragments 6-8

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General information

Folios3
Folio notes:Fragments of one bifolium and two strips cut from an additional folio
LanguageFrench - Unspecified localisation or influence
Approx. date?1250 to 1300
Date notesBased on the script. Possibly even before 1230 since the text appears to be copied above top line. The outer side of the first folio of the bifolium has been trimmed, as has the upper margin. Text has been lost in f. 1rb and f. 1va. Given that the strips of parchment with the entire height of the column have 36 lines, c. 2 lines have been lost at the top of the bifolium. The strips appear to have been cut from the same folio. On the recto side the first strip preserves the last words of column a and the majuscules of column b. The second strip preserves the last words of column b. On the verso, the second strip preserves the beginning of the lines of column a, the first strip has the first lines of column b.
Place(s) of production{unspecified}
No clear distinctive linguistic features. What remains of the decorated initial on the strips of parchment may suggest a provenance in the North of France.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] Q  uant cil de la chamb(re)
First words of last recto folio[f. 3ra] Q  uil ne?..? ne ne pe[...] /
Incipit[f. 1ra] M  e?n?uelent lidieu gara(n)tir / J  atant ne(n) isaura uenir / Q  ue ie nes face enseuelir / (Et)  acest branc dacier fenir /
Explicit[f. 3vb][...] b(ie)n / [...] rien / [...] el se?n?oil

Material

Material:vellum
Watermark:na
Condition:Good quality vellum; no holes in the writing space. f. 2 stained. Especially f. 1v and f. 2r are worn (some text loss in f. 2rb). The bifolium has been trimmed at the upper and outer side. Two strips of parchment constitute f. 3.

Structure

Collation:

na

Quire structure:One bifolium. Two strips of parchment cut from the same folio.
Quire marks:none
Catchwords:
Catchword disposition:none

Physical description

General illustration:None.
General decoration:The strokes preserve remnants of a decorared initial, presumably goldleaf on a field of scarlet framed in black ink (height: 8 lines), Further subdivisions are indicated by pen-decorated initials (height: 2 lines). Two blue initials with red flourishings survive (f. 1ra; f. 3vb). Possibly, these alternated with red initials with blue flourishings. However, no evidence survives.
Evidence of readership:none
Foliations description:none

Mise en page

Description 1Separate column for majuscules. The lines of the b-column are concluded with a comma. Originally: Page dimensions: 240x166 Justification: 170x115 No of columns: 2 No of lines: 34 Intercolumn space: 5
Page sampledf. 1r
LayoutNone
Page dimensions213x125 (mm)
Justification160x110 (mm)
Columns2
5mm between columns
Column ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Lines32
Line ruling present in grey (Plummet )
RubricationOnly used for decorated initials.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:

Description 2Separate column for majuscules. The lines of the b-column are concluded with a comma.
Page sampledf. 2r
LayoutNone
Page dimensions211x166 (mm)
Justification162x115 (mm)
Columns2
5mm between columns
Column ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Lines32
Line ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Rubrication
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:

Description 3Separate column for majuscules. The lines of the b-column are concluded with a comma.
Page sampledf. 3 (stroke 1)
LayoutNone
Page dimensions240x35 (mm)
Justification170x35 (mm)
Columns2
5mm between columns
Column ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Lines34
Line ruling present in grey (Plummet )
RubricationOnly used for decorated initials.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:

Description 4Separate column for majuscules. The lines of the b-column are concluded with a comma.
Page sampledf. 3 (stroke 2)
LayoutNone
Page dimensions240x35 (mm)
Justification170x29 (mm)
Columns1
namm between columns
Column ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Lines34
Line ruling present in grey (Plummet )
RubricationOnly used for decorated initials.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:

Hand(s)

Level of Execution:Libraria
ScriptNorthern textualis
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 3vb
Date?1250 to 1300
Scribe description:Northern textualis with double-compartment 'a', the upper compartment of which is open. Marked tongue on 'e' in final position. 'l' 'h', 'b' with forked ascenders. I-longa is used in final position. Only straight 's' is used in final position. Some instances of round 's' at the end of the line. Abbreviations include crossed tironian 'et', superscript vowels, con-abbreviation, nasal bar also for q(ue), 'p' with crossed descender. Particularly distinctive is the comma-like punctus at the end of each verse in the b column.
Notes

Provenance

DescriptionTransferred from the archives of Namur.
PlaceNamur (City in Belgium)