Document ReferenceWLC/LM
TitleLiterary and theological medieval manuscripts from the library at Wollaton Hall; c.1175-1475
Extent10 items
Content DescriptionThe series consists of eight manuscript volumes and two manuscript fragments.

Of the English vernacular texts, the most significant are an early 15th-century copy of John Gower's poem, 'Confessio Amantis' (WLC/LM/8) and an early 15th-century copy of the mid-14th century 'Speculum Vitae' which provides advice for the laity on the practice of their faith (WLC/LM/9).

Two volumes in French are present, one being an illuminated early 13th-century collection of romances and fabliaux (WLC/LM/6), and the other being a portion of the early 13th-century 'L'Estoire del Saint Graal', the first in the Vulgate Cycle of Arthurian prose romances (WLC/LM/7).

The mid 13th-century Anglo-Norman texts of William of Waddington's 'Manuel des Péchés' and Robert of Gretham's 'Mirur' survive together in one volume (WLC/LM/4), with an incomplete version of Gretham in a further volume (WLC/LM/3).

Other slight but significant manuscripts include a single leaf from the English life of St Zita (WLC/LM/37) and a fragment of the Life of St Bridget from the South English Legendary (WLC/LM/38).
There are two Latin texts: an imperfect late 12th or early 13th-century sanctorale from a breviary (WLC/LM/1) and a prayer book from the second half of the 15th century (WLC/LM/11).

Apart from the Zita fragment, all items are on parchment.

All the items retain part of their earlier reference numbers and are not, therefore, consecutively numbered within the WLC/LM series.

Publicly available additional descriptions of the manuscripts are noted in the item level catalogue records for each manuscript. The catalogue records refer in particular to entries in:

The Historical Manuscripts Commission 'Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire', compiled by W.H. Stevenson (London, 1911) (HMC Report)

The exhibition catalogue 'Image & Text: Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham', by Thorlac Turville-Petre (University of Nottingham, 1996) (Image and Text)

The most recent catalogue description of the texts by R. Hanna, in Ralph Hanna and Thorlac Turville-Petre (eds), 'The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts: Texts, Owners and Readers' (Boydell and Brewer, 2010) (The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts)
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