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[English Manuscript 50 - Pricke of Conscience; Guy of Warwick Speculum, part seven]

English MS 50

Pricke of Conscience; Guy of Warwick, Speculum, end of 14th century

Size: 250 x 150 mm. vi + 112 + v folios.

The manuscript contains two works. The first is an imperfect copy of the Pricke of Conscience, a long devotional poem written about 1350 in the North of England, comprising about 10,000 lines. This copy lacks almost the whole of book 4, on purgatory. The second work is the first 659 lines of a 14th-century romantic work called the Speculum Gy of Warewyke, in which Guy asks Alcuin for advice on how to escape the enticements of the world.

The manuscript contains several 4- or 5-line initials in blue ink with red penwork infill and flourishes; the two initials on p. 1 are water-damaged.

Former owners include Peter le Neve (1661-1729), Norroy King of Arms; Thomas Martin (1697-1771), antiquary; and Richard Farmer (1735-1797), Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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