Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Index of Middle English Prose: Handlist XI: Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College Cambridge

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Index of Middle English Prose: Handlist XI: Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College Cambridge

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The Index of Middle English Prose: Handlist XI Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College Cambridge, compiled by Linne R. Mooney (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1995). xxxviii + 251 pp. ISBN 0-85991-457-7. L45.00. The latest handlist covers `the largest collection of medieval manuscripts of any college in Great Britain' (p. xiii), a majority of which were produced in England. Professor Mooney has scanned over 800 manuscripts pre-dating 1500 and checked many later volumes. In addition David McKitterick has checked all books printed before 1500 for English annotations. The result is a fascinating volume which, like the best of its predecessors, offers infinite riches in a little space. Perhaps reference might have been made in the discussion of B.15.42 [4] to Margaret Connolly's list of manuscripts in her EETS edition of Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God (os 303, 1993), but the bibliographical referencing is usually helpful and up to date. The omission of the ME version of Thoresby s catechetical decrees (the so-called Lay Folk's Catechism) from the account of B.10.12 (fols 56^sup r^-67^sup r^) is presumably motivated by its inclusion in IMEV, but it should perhaps be here as well, as IPMEP includes it (entry 71), arguing that it is 'more accurate to call it semialliterative prose and it is certainly laid out as prose for much of the copy preserved here. …

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