The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark B.15.17
Manuscript Title

William Langland, Piers Plowman

Alternative Title

Piers Plowman

James Number 353
Century 14th
Physical Description

28-30 lines on a page. Plainly written, with rough but good ornament.


Given by Willmer.

Donor Wilmer, George (c.1583-1626), Alumnus Of Trinity (Matric 1598)
Size (cm) 29.5 x 20.5
Folio 147 ff.
Material Parchment
Language Middle English

18-168 172 188 l910 (wants 10 blank).


See printed catalogue entry for additional information.

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On this MS. Skeat (Piers Plowman, II. p. lxviii.) says that it represents Text B, group b. It was printed in extenso by T. Wright.

1. f.1 Piers Plowman.
In a somer seson . Whan softe was þe sonne.
Ends f.130b
And siþþe he gradde after grace . til I gan awake.
Explicit hic Dialogus Petri Plowman.

2. f.131 A Treatise of Sin. In double columns of 34 lines
In euery synful man or womman þ t is bounden in dedly synne.
Ends f.147a pray for me . þe grace of Ihesu crist be wiþ þee and kepe þee. Amen.

3. f.147 A short poem of the love of Christ
Printed in Rel. Ant. i. 166.
beg. Crist made to man a fair present
his blody body wiþ loue ybrent.
ends Thanne shal my loue be trewe and fyn,
And loue in loue shal make syn. Amen.

In the binding is a bit of a xvth cent. document: the name Huysshe occurs often: also the name Gaynsford.


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Horobin, S., and L. R. Mooney, A Piers Plowman Manuscript by the Hengwrt/Ellesmere Scribe and its Implications for London Standard English, Studies in the age of Chaucer 26 (Norman, Okla,2004) p. 65-112.

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Stanley, E. G., 'The B version of Piers Plowman: a new edition [review]', Notes and Queries n.s. 23 (1976), 435-47.

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