File Peniarth MS 395 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - English poetry, etc.,

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English poetry, etc.,


  • [15 cent.]. (Creation)

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183 ff. (foliated iv ff. + 179 ff. (folios 1-175 also paginated 1-348)) + 1 envelope contining 9 items : vellum ; 256 to 262 x 134 to 137 mm. Rebound at NLW.

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William of Nassyngton's Speculum Vite, here called 'liber sapientiae'; a translation of the Speculum Ecclesiae of Edmund Rich, Archbishop of Canterbury ('this is ye tretyce of Seynt Edmond of Pountenay translated out of Frenche in to Englysche'); two religious poems, one beginning 'who so kon suffre & hald hym still', and the other being on the earthquake of 1382 - 'zhit is god a curteys lord'; and medical recipes.

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Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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  • English

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Middle English.

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Finding aids

The description is also available in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Part I (Aberystwyth, 1940-3), 9.

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Available on microfilm at the Library.

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Formerly Hengwrt MS 226.


Preferred citation: Peniarth MS 395 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: Peniarth MS 395 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]; $z - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies..
  • Microform: $h - MEICRO PENIARTH MS 395.