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Ms. Codex 659 - Laurent, Dominican, fl. 1279 - Somme le roi
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Laurent, Dominican, fl. 1279.
Somme le roi [manuscript].
Somme des vices et vertus
[France, ca. 1300]
Physical description:
85 leaves : parchment : 195 x 134 (148 x 107) mm. bound to 207 x 148 mm.
Middle French.
Comprised of two works, both fragments, in one hand: Somme des vices et vertus, also known as Somme le roi of Frère Laurent (f. 1-63 plus 84); and Miroir des bonnes femmes (f. 64-83); plus a short text on the final folio, Comment l'en se doit avoir a la messe (f. 84v).
Sold by Laurence Witten, 1959.
Gift of Lessing J. Rosenwald.
Christian ethics - History - Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Christian women - Conduct of life.
Vices - Early works to 1800.
Virtues - Early works to 1800.
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, French - 14th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger. Zacour-Hirsch Catalogue has supplied the titles Somme le roi and Miroir des bonnes femmes.
Foliation: Parchment, iii (modern paper) + 85 + ii (modern paper); [1-85]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in one hand, in one column, usually 31 lines.
Decoration: Rubricated, with alternating red and blue capitals.
Binding: Late 19th- or 20th-century vellum. (Misbound: ff. 1-4 belongs after f. 29, f. 84 belongs after f. 63.).
Origin: Written in France, ca. 1300. Date 1279 is date of composition, ms. undated.
Attribution from colophon: Cest livre compila et parfist uns freres des prescheeurs a la request du roi de france phelipe. En lan de lincarnacion nostre Seigneur...M.CC.lxxix (f. 84r).
Scribe has added marginal notes and headings; there are other occassional notes in a 15th-century hand.
First parts of the Somme are missing, text begins in the chapter on greed. A few other leaves are missing from text.
First and last leaves of Miroir des bonnes femmes are missing, text begins with Eve's fourth folly, "fol regart," looking at the tree of forbidden fruit.
Headings in upper outer corners of ms. identify sections for "des males fames" and "des bones fames" (f. 65v-83v).
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 59 (Ms. French 32).
Manuscript described fully and text of Miroir des bonnes femmes analyzed by John L. Grigsby, "Miroir des bonnes femmes," Romania 82 (1961), pp. 458-481, and in vol. 83 (1962), pp. 30-51. A copy is shelved with Ms. Codex 659.
Other Titles:
Miroir des bonnes femmes.
Comment l'en se doit avoir a la messe.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 659
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 659

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: French, Middle (ca. 1300-1600)
Century: 14th century
Date: 1300
Genre: Codices
Genre: Manuscripts, French - 14th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Medieval
Subject: Christian ethics
Subject: Christian women
Subject: Conduct of life
Subject: History
Subject: Vices
Author: Laurent, Dominican, fl. 1279
Page material: Parchment