SOUTH ENGLISH LEGENDARY, MANUSCRIPT IN ENGLISH ON VELLUM
[Southern England c. 1310-1320]
182 x 157mm. Single leaf fragment, 28 lines (of 40), ruled in red, written in brown ink in an early regular Anglicana hand, rubrics in red, capital letters at beginning of lines touched in red, one red two-line initial.
Legends of the Saints. This manuscript contains portions of St. Mary of Egypt (lines 301-329) and the beginning of St. Alphege (lines 1-23), as printed in EETS 235. It seems likely that the present fragment is the fourth of the missing four leaves from the Legendary at the Leicester Museum (MS 18 D 59). However, it has had 12 lines cut off at the foot when presumably used as a flyleaf in a book. It is clearly written by a professional scribe and closely related to two other manuscripts of the text now at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and British Library, Egerton 2891.
The South English Legendary ed. C. d'Evelyn and Anna J. Mill, Early English Text Society 235 (1956) pp. 147-149.
Manfred Görlach, The textual tradition of the South English Legendary, Leeds Texts and Monographs, NS.6, 1974, pp. 113-114.
We are most grateful to Richard Hamer for identifying the present fragment.