Guy of Warwick MS digitized

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I saw this morning, thanks to Sarah J. Biggs and the British Library Medieval Manuscripts Blog, that BL Add. 38662 has been digitized! This is the 13th-century Anglo-Norman romance of Guy of Warwick (Gui de Warewic), probably my favorite English romance, both from a scholarly and personal perspective.  There seems to be little illumination in the manuscript, unlike in BL Royal MS 10 E IV (the Smithfield Decretals, c. 1340), which contain a very colorful treatment of Guy and his adventures–see, for example, this folio of Guy killing the Dun Cow (actually a fearsome beast, and one belonging more to the oral than the written tradition at the time the book was illuminated).

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