English MS 51
Pricke of Conscience; Richard of Maidstone's commentary on Psalms, beginning of 15th century
Size: 177 x 120 mm. viii + 119 + iii + 8 + iv 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. The second is a commentary on the twelve penitential psalms, usually attributed to Richard of Maidstone, a late 14th-century Carmelite friar of Aylesford and a native of Kent.
There are numerous 2- , 3- and 4-line initials in red ink, and manicules throughout.
Former owners include John Hardy (1679/80-1740), Presbyterian minister and Church of England clergyman, and Maurice Johnson (1688-1755), one of the founders of the Spalding Society.
- Catalogue entry for English MS 51
- Conservation report