English MS 90
Pricke of Conscience; Wycliffe commentary on the Lord's Prayer, end of 14th/beginning of 15th century
Size: 348 x 250 mm. v + 64 + v folios.
Known as the Corser Manuscript after one of its previous owners, this volume contains two works. The first is a manuscript 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 an exposition on the Lord's Prayer attributed to John Wycliffe. The Pricke of Conscience is divided into 8 books with additions in Latin prose and English verse. Also contained in the manuscript, on ff. 1 and 66, are badly defaced accounts relating to payments to a certain Stanlou by parishes of the diocese of Vannes in Brittany.
There are nine 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-line initials in blue ink with red penwork flourishes and infill, and numerous 2- and 3-line initials in the same style.
The manuscript was at St Albans in the 15th/16th century. Former owners include Sir Philip Mainwaring (1589-1661); James Crossley (1800-1883) of Manchester; Rev. Thomas Corser (1793-1876), rector of Stand near Manchester; and Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878).
- Catalogue entry for English MS 90
- Conservation report