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Fragment of an Anglo-Norman poem, 14th century (mid/late?)

Identifier: MS 211/XXXV

Scope and Contents

This leaf is a fragment from the 13th-century Anglo-Norman poem, La Lumiere as Lais, by Peter of Peckham. The fragment is chapter 7-11 of the seventh distinction of Book II of the poem, which deals with the subject of sin. It is possibly from France or England.


Resembles the hand in another fragment of the same poem, in the Bodleian Library.


  • Creation: 14th century (mid/late?)


Language of Materials


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 folios

Custodial History

It was bound into the binding of another manuscript (which one is not clear), and so has been cut. It is missing five lines to a page, as the original text would have had 30 lines to a page in total. It is badly damaged from having been pasted into the binding. It was studied under UV light in the 1930s by Dominica Legge.


See M. D. Legge, 'La Lumiere as Lais, a postscript', Modern Language Review 46 (1951), pp. 191-195.

Physical Facet

Material: vellum


15.40 cm x 20.30 cm

Lines to a page

double columns, 25 lines to a page

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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