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Insular BooksVernacular manuscript miscellanies in late medieval Britain$
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Margaret Connolly and Raluca Radulescu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265833

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265833.001.0001

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Lancelot of the Laik and the Literary Manuscript Miscellany in 15th- and 16th-century Scotland

Lancelot of the Laik and the Literary Manuscript Miscellany in 15th- and 16th-century Scotland

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(p.209) 12Lancelot of the Laik and the Literary Manuscript Miscellany in 15th- and 16th-century Scotland
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Insular Books
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Emily Wingfield

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265833.003.0012

This chapter begins by introducing the most significant features of Scottish literary manuscript miscellanies, such as: their relatively late date, in comparison with surviving miscellanies from elsewhere in the British Isles; their copying by scribes who also functioned as notary publics, writers to the signet, and merchants; their links to some of Scotland’s most prominent book-owning families; and their inclusion of material derived from print and from south of the border. The remainder of the chapter offers a necessarily brief case study of one particular Older Scots literary manuscript miscellany (Cambridge, University Library, MS Kk.1.5) in which the Older Scots romance, Lancelot of the Laik, is placed alongside a selection of Scottish courtesy texts and legal material, a series of English and Scottish prophecies, several acts of the Scottish parliament, an English translation of Christine de Pisan’s Livre du Corps de Policie, and the only surviving manuscript copy of Sir Philip Sidney’s New Arcadia.

Keywords:   medieval manuscript miscellany, Older Scots literature, Cambridge, University Library, MS Kk.1.5, Lancelot of the Laik

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