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Composite manuscript including three texts, 13th century

Identifier: MS 20

Scope and Contents

Contains three texts, all in the same hand.

ff.1r-77v: 'Aurora' by Peter Riga

ff.78r-99v: 'Architrenius' by Johannes de Hauvilla

ff.100r-121r: 'Anticlaudianus' by Alanus de Insulis

The texts are described separately, under MS 20/ff. 1r-77v; MS 20/ff. 78r-99v; and MS 20/ff. 100r-121r.

Writing and Illumination

Well written in a small, clear, uniform hand, with ornamental initials. These are either filigree initials, or, in the case of some book initials, red and blue, filled and surrounded with conventional foliage in red, yellow, and green. See individual descriptions for more details.


  • Creation: 13th century

Language of Materials


Physical Description

The book is much stained with moisture at the beginning, and imperfect.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

From its general appearance it would seem to be an English manuscript, but it bears no distinctive marks of origin or ownership.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Petri de Riga Aurora etc.

Previous reference


Physical Description

The book is much stained with moisture at the beginning, and imperfect.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum.

Binding: Modern. Damaged: back cover detached.

Collation: a8-c8, d12, e8, f6, g10, h11, i4, k2, l10, m12, n12, o10 =121.


26.67 cm x 19.05 cm


Secundo folio: non aliquos generat

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 121, double columns, 50-56 lines to a page

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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