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French Literary Manuscripts in England, 1100-1500

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Murchison, Dr. K.A. (Leiden University, Centre for the Arts in Society) (): French Literary Manuscripts in England, 1100-1500. DANS. https://doi.org/10.17026/dans-zxr-juar

2018-09-14 Murchison, Dr. K.A. (Leiden University, Centre for the Arts in Society) 10.17026/dans-zxr-juar

This dataset was compiled for a project exploring French language use in England between 1100 and 1500. The data is centred around 810 manuscripts that contain French literature and that were produced in England in the wake of the Norman Conquest. All Anglo-Norman manuscripts in Ruth Dean and Maureen Boulton’s Anglo-Norma Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (1999) are contained in the dataset except those currently housed in Oxford. For each manuscript, the dataset contains any traditional description information available in manuscript catalogues, including the manuscript’s estimated date of composition, place of composition, original and subsequent medieval owners, and any notes relevant to its medieval provenance. For each manuscript in the dataset, the contents file contains a list of the manuscript’s constituent texts, their languages of composition, and the folio range for each text; the owners file contains information about owners, listing first the person who commissioned or produced the manuscript, if known. This information was compiled from open access library catalogues, including M.R. James’ nineteenth-century catalogues and the British Library’s catalogue of manuscripts; detailed information about sources is given for each manuscript entry. The information was compiled by Krista A. Murchison (Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society) with funding from an Europeana Research Grant; Ben Companjen (Leiden University Centre for Digital Scholarship) provided programming and digital scholarship support for the project, including writing the code for calculating language distribution, normalizing and processing the files, and advising on the structure and archiving of project data.