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GRAND COUTUMIER; CHARTE AUX NORMANDS
France, s. XIV2
1. ff. 1-271v: Cy commencent quoy que nul die/ les droiz qui sont en normendie/ et les establissemens aussy. [First prologue:] Pource que nostre entencion est a esclarier en ceste oeuvre au mieux que nous pourrons les drois et les establissemens de normendie…[f. 2, Chapter list:] De droit i, De iurisdicion ii…[f. 6, Second prologue:] Pource que la malice de convoitise avoit si ardanment enlacie l’umain lignage…[f. 7, Text:] De droit i, Droit est parti en ii parties…[f. 123v:] Cy ensuit la iie partie de cest livre de querelles 1, Or nous convient traitier des querelles dez loys pour quoy les querelles doivent estre fineez…que quant l’en fait une exoine tous ceulz qui firent celles devant y doivent estre presens.
W. Laurence De Gruchy, L’Ancienne Coutume de Normandie (Jersey 1881); text ends in the chapter “De lois apparissant,” corresponding to Family 2 of the Latin texts as discussed by E. J. Tardif, Coutumiers de Normandie (Rouen-Paris 1896, repr. Geneva 1977); quires 22 and 23 (ff. 165-180) reversed in binding.
2. ff. 271v-283: La chartre aux normans, Louys par la grace de dieu roy de france et de navarre A tous nos feaulx et nos iusticiers salut et paix. Nous avons receue la grief complainte des barons des chevaliers et de tous aultrez noblez…Et commandons qu’elles soient gardeez perpetuellement sans enfraindre de tous nos iusticiers. Donne a vincennes soubz nostre seel du quel nous usions nostre seigneur de pere vivant le xixe iour du moys de mars l’an mil ccc xiiii. [f. 284r-v, ruled, but blank]
Ordonnances des Roys de France de la Troisieme Race, vol. 1, ed. E. J. de Laurière (Paris 1723) 587-94.
Parchment, ff. i + 284; 92 × 70 (55 × 38) mm.; 18 210(-9, cancelled by the scribe) 3-88 98(-7, cancelled by the scribe) 10-138 148(-3, cancelled by the scribe) 15-198 206(-1, cancelled by the scribe) 218(with a catchword also on f. 162v, the 6th leaf) 22-368. Catchwords in lower right corner in flourished red frames. 16-17 long lines ruled in ink with single bounding lines; the top line ruled full across. Pricking visible in outer margin. Written in a gothic book hand. Opening page, f. 1, 6-line, parted red and blue initial with blue filigree infilling, and a C-shaped border of red and blue cascade motifs. Secondary initials, 2-line, alternating red and blue with tendrils of the other color; alternating red and blue paragraph marks; initials within the text slashed in red; red rubrics; chapter list alternates 1-line red and blue initials. Bound, s. XVII, in French brown calf over pasteboards; rebacked, original spine laid down; repaired; marbled endpapers in the front; edges speckled in red; green silk bookmark loose in volume. Written in France in the second half of the fourteenth century. An early owner, s. XVI (?), has signed f. 283v “Le [M?]oulins.” Purchased by the Huntington Library from Dawson’s of Pall Mall, Cat. 102 (1960) item 4, with a plate of f. 1.
Secundo folio: [f. 2, Prologue] droit en la; [f. 7, Text] les princes
Bibliography: Chronica, 4.
Abbreviations
Chronica
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9

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.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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