Document ReferenceWLC/LM/38
TitleFragments from the 'South English Legendary'; 1300-1325
Extent2 strips
Access ConditionsAccess to the original item is restricted; microfilm or digital surrogates can be made available in the Reading Room.
Content DescriptionFragments containing lines on the life of St. Bridget or Brigid of Ireland (died c.525) from the late 13th century English collection known as The South English Legendary. The text is the same, apart from spelling, as lines 5-25 and 39-59 in the edition of the South English Legendary by Charlotte D'Evelyn and Anna J. Mill, published by the Early English Text Society, 1956, 1959, pp 235, 244.

The fragments consist of a portion from the top half of a single leaf, cut into two consecutive strips each measuring 70 x 160 mm, with 21 lines of verse on each side. There are later glosses.

The fragments were discovered in a Missal printed in 1520 belonging to Henry Willoughby.

Dating is based on the most recent catalogue description: beginning of the 14th century, probably the 1310s (Reference: The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts)
Publication NoteReference: Historical Manuscripts Commission, Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire, compiled by W.H. Stevenson (London, 1911), p. 622-3; Image and Text, p. 9; The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts
Published edition: Charlotte D'Evelyn and Anna J. Mill (eds.), South English Legendary (Early English Text Society, 1956, 1959). The text is not from WLC/LM/38, but from another manuscript.
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