The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark R.3.17
Manuscript Title

Raymond of Poitiers, Romance

Alternative Title

The Romance of Earl Raymond of Poitiers In English

James Number 597
Century 15th
Physical Description

4 stanzas of 7 lines on a page


Given by Beaupré Bell.

Beaupré Bell; his name and motto at the beginning. Also on the fly-leaf Liber Ricardi St George Norroy Regis armorum . fero et spero
and at the end: Thomas Stapilton (xv, xvi) and
ho so on me doth loke I am (erasure) boke She prays yow for hyr sake not me to wt drow nor take When ye haue rede your fyll delyuer me agane wt good wyll.
and, at the top Jon bosswell kort.

Donor Bell, Beaupré (1704–1741), Antiquary
Size (cm) 28 x 20
Folio 123 ff.
Material Paper
Language Middle English

a12 (wants 1) b14 (12 and 13 - ff. 24, 25 - stuck together) c12-i12 (h wants 2 (f.88)) k14.


No f.1 or 88.

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On the vellum fly-leaf are scribbled five verses of a song (xvi)
masteres anne
I am your man
as you may well espie
if you will be
content wt me
I am in ... (the last line is nowhere written in full).

Text begins imperfectly
For full fayne I wold do that myght you please
Yff connyng I had in it to precede
To me wold it be grete plesaunce and ease.
Yff aught here might fourge to youre wyl in dede
But barayne is my foule fanting connyng bede.
Natheles in it wil I make progresse
Euermore trustyng to youre gentilnesse.
Ends f.124b
Though that diffautes appere huge to ey
Yitt excusith me besech you hubly.

Stuck to the cover at the end is a bit of a deed
Dat. apud Sutton super Derwent predict ...
a.d. M. cccc lxxxvjto.
The parish of Elvyngton is mentioned. The document seems to relate to dilapidations of a mansio belonging to a defunct Magister Joh. Loncaster. Names of witnesses are given, and the "Officialis siue custos Jurisdiccionis de houeden" occurs.


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