• THE EXTENT OF FIRE DAMAGE TO MIDDLE ENGLISH PROSE IN THE COTTON LIBRARY

    Author(s):
    Alpo Seppo Santeri Honkapohja (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Subject(s):
    Paleography
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Middle English, Index of Middle English Prose, Manuscript Studies, Cotton library, bibliography
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/egkb-wg88
    Abstract:
    The library of Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (1570/1-1631) has been described as the most important collection of manuscripts assembled by a single person in Britain. The collection was partly destroyed in a library fire in 1731. While the Cotton collection has been celebrated (and the damage it suffered lamented) for its Old English manuscripts, the extent of fire damage to Middle English prose within the collection has not been systematically explored. This article aims to address this gap by conducting a comprehensive comparison of surviving manuscripts which are now part of the Cotton collection in the British Library with surviving pre- and post-fire catalogues, book lists and reports of Cotton’s manuscripts. The investigation was undertaken during the compilation of an Index of Middle English Prose (IMEP) volume dedicated to the Cotton collection.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
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