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[English Manuscript 113 - Beginning of the Knight's tale]

English MS 113

Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and other works, second half of 15th century

Size: 297 x 210 mm. v + 190 + ii folios.

A late fifteenth-century manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, along with other verse texts written on the flyleaves and in blank spaces of quire 8, including a poem on the death of Edward IV, 'The Prentise unto Woe' by Henry Baradoun, and memoranda of the deaths of English kings from Edward I to Edward V.

Manly and Rickert assign this 'Ma' manuscript to the A group of Canterbury Tales manuscripts. They note that the text is closely related to 'Cn', the Cardigan MS now at the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas, and that the hand is like that of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby 181.

There is one 4-line initial in blue ink with red penwork infill and flourishes; other spaces for initials are not filled in.

Former owners include: John Hull (d. 1549), a customs officer of Exeter and Dartmouth; Mr Woolcombe of Pitton, mid-17th century; Rev. Samuel Winter Pearse, of Shaugh and Sampford Spinney in Devon, mid-19th century; and Lawrence W. Hodson of Compton Hall near Wolverhampton.

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