The Index of Middle English Prose Handlist V

The Index of Middle English Prose Handlist V

Manuscripts in the Additional Collection 10001-14000, British Library, London

Peter Brown, Elton D. Higgs

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The great scholar and palaeographer Sir Frederic Madden (1801-73) was Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum (as it then was) when most of the items in this Handlistwere acquired. The manuscripts here represented, from the still expanding Additional collection, provide examples of almost every kind of Middle English prose composition. Many of the items in this Handlistare well known, but some have been previously overlooked and a surprising number remain unedited.

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Handlists V, VI and VII are works of great merit: they make accessible to scholars in a usable form a list of manuscripts of Middle English prose and provide careful records of editions and scholarly descriptions.In Geardagum XI

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