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[English Manuscript 412 Pore Caitif, on the Four Last Things]

English MS 412

The Pore Caitif, beginning of 15th century

Size: 205 x 140 mm. xii + 72 + vii folios.

The Pore Caitif (Poor Wretch) was a popular fourteenth-century compilation of fourteen treatises intended for the religious instruction of the laity, and has variously been attributed to John Wycliffe and Richard Rolle. It survives in more than fifty manuscripts.

This manuscript comprises nine quires from a more extensive volume, containing parts 1, 2 and 8 of The Pore Caitif, together with the Mirrour of Sinners and six other theological pieces.

Former owners include John Stow (1524/5-1605), historian; Thomas Percy (1729-1811), Bishop of Dromore, collector of ballads; Henry Thomas Wake (c.1832-1914), Quaker bookseller; and Joseph Joshua Green (1854-1921), collector and antiquary.

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