Le manuel des péchés.

William, de Wadington, active 13th century [Browse]
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Manuscript, Book
  • French
  • Latin
[England], [approximately 1280]
1 volume ; 25 cm


  • fols. ii verso-iv recto: Prefatory series of moral and theological diagrams, comprised of concentric circles, roundels with Latin inscriptions, and connnecting lines; tinted in red, yellow, and blue.
  • fol. v recto: Unidentified verse prayer to the Virgin Mary. fol. v verso is blank.
  • fols. 1r-150v: William de Wadington (?), Le manuel des péchés. Anglo-Norman verse text in nine numbered books; composed between 1250 and 1270 by an anonymous English cleric but often attributed to William de Wadington. Taylor MS. 1 is the only illustrated manuscript of the Le manuel des péchés, among 27 extant manuscripts. The manuscript has two historiated initials and 28 pen-and-ink or painted illustrations of exempla in the bas-de-page.
  • fols. 151r-164v: Le roman des romans. Anonymous 13th-century Anglo-Norman verse homily on worldly and clerical corruption.
  • fols. 165r-170r: Plainte de la Vièrge.
  • fols. 170v-171r: Maurice de Sully (ca. 1120-1196), bishop of Paris, Homily iii on the Pater Noster, first petition only.
  • fols. 172v-198r: Robert Grosseteste (1175?-1253), bishop of Lincoln, Le chasteau d'amour, in Anglo-Norman verse, with a prose preface in Latin.
Don C. Skemer, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, vol. 1, pp. 399-404, plates 81-84.
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