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PRICK OF CONSCIENCE
England, s. XIV/XV
1. ff. i-ii verso: [Questions on canon law or moral theology concerning vows] //subintelligitur si comode potest alii dicunt quod potest dispensari in voto peregrinationis et non in voto continencie…quia filius approbavit, pecuniariam vero satisfactionem bene potest iniungere. Et numquam// 2. ff. 1-100: [Prick of Conscience; Prologue:] þe myȝt of þe fader of heuene/ þe witte of þe sone with hys ȝiftes seuene…[f. 5:] Here bygynnepþ þe firste part of þis bok, Ferste whan god all þynge made of noȝte/ Man of þe fouleste mater was ywroȝte…[f. 11, Part 2:] Al þe world boþe wyd & brod/ Oure lord made for mannes god…[f. 20:] Here bygynneþ þe þriddle part of þis book þat telleþ of deþ, Deþ is þe moste dredeful þing þat ys/ In al þe wordle as þe book witnesseþ þis…[f. 30v:] Here bygynneþ þe ferþe part þat ys of purgatorie, Many man spekeþ as þan in bokes redeþ/ Of þe place of purgatorie but fewe hyt dredeþ…[f. 45v:] Here bygynneþ þe fyfþe part of þis bok, In þis part me may of ten þinges rede/ þe whiche toucheþ to þe grete day of drede…[f. 74v:] Here bygynneþ þe sexte partye of þis bok þe whiche spekeþ of þe peynes of helle, Mony a man spekeþ & telleþ of helle/ Ac þe peynes þerof well fewe conneþ telle…[f. 83v:] Here bygynneþ þe þeynes part of þis bok þe whiche telleþ openly of þe ioyes of heuene, Many men coveyteþ þe blysse of heuene/ Ac fewe þe riþte waye þeder draweþ euene…[f. 97v:] Ande þat yche of hem þere þip honored were// [catchword: “Off alle oþer men”; 2(?) leaves missing with loss of text, vv. 8964-9125; f. 98:] //Ande on eueriche aside þat þere is about…To whiche ioye he vs brynge <torn>/ þat for oure loue made alle þ<torn>. Here endeþ þe pricke of concie <torn>; [below, in a different but contemporary hand:] Finem composui penite<torn>; [2 inscriptions erased; f. 100v, blank].
IMEV 3429; Southern Recension; R. Morris, ed., The Pricke of Conscience. The Philological Society (Berlin 1863), from London, Brit. Lib., Cotton Galba E.ix. See also Stacy Waters, “The Pricke of Conscience: The Southern Recension, Book V,” unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Edinburgh, 1976 (this manuscript the base text). R. E. Lewis and A. McIntosh, A Descriptive Guide to the Manuscripts of the ‘Prick of Conscience.’ Medium Aevum Monographs n.s. 12 (Oxford 1982) 145-46.
Parchment, ff. ii (parchment; see below) + 100; 238 × 170 (178 × 115) mm. 18 28(-8, excised) 3-48 510 6-128 136(? -1 and 2 with loss of text; 5 is damaged; -6). Catchwords, most with a blue paragraph mark and one enclosed in a red ink frame. 37 lines of verse, ruled in lead; beginning with the fifth quire, most leaves with double bounding lines around the single-lined text frame. Written in an anglicana formata script; Latin quotations in a bastard anglicana. Initials, 8- to 3-line, in blue, without ornamentation; guide letters in the margin. Running headlines on ff. 18v, 19, 20, 32, 32v, 34 and 34v, most with a blue paragraph mark. Rubrics and Latin quotations enclosed in brown ink frames; on ff. 58-65v, the fifth quire, the frames are in red ink; sporadically between ff. 67v-96, blue frames.
Flyleaves: England, s. XIII/XIV.
237 × 162 (184 × 116) mm. Inner bifolium of a quire. 2 columns of 36 lines, ruled in dry point; prickings in outer and upper margins remain. One hand in a littera textualis.
Bound, s. XVII, in English dark brown calf, blind tooled; rebacked. Written in England near the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border at the turn of the fourteenth century. Miscellaneous sixteenth century pen trials, including the following names: f. 73v, “Thomas Jhone”; f. 95v, “In my begynynge god be my good spede In grace & vertue allways to prosed. Chrystefer Byrkheade” (IMEV 430.5); f. 98v, “Rycharde mynstrelley.” On f. 100v, an inscription, s. XIX (?), mostly torn away with only the last word remaining: “Male.” Placed by G. D. Smith in a sale by Anderson, New York, 12 December 1917, lot 376 to G. D. Smith. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: Ande forto lyue
Bibliography: Allen, Writings, 373 n., 539-40. De Ricci, 53.
Abbreviations
Allen, Writings
H. E. Allen, Writings Ascribed to Richard Rolle, Hermit of Hampole (New York 1927)
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
IMEV
C. Brown and R. H. Robbins, Index of Middle English Verse (New York 1943) and Supplement by R. H. Robbins and J. L. Cutler (Lexington 1965)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
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