Manuscript fragment in French, used as a pastedown and probably dating from the late 13th century, containing part of Maistre Wace's Roman de Brut , namely lines 6680-6710 and 6782-6812 (according to the edition published in Paris by Professor I. Arnold in 1938-1940).
Fragment of Maistre Wace's Roman de Brut
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 96 MS 574
- Dates of Creation[1250-1300]
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialFrench
- Physical DescriptionSingle sheet
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Maistre Wace (c 1112-1174) was an Anglo-Norman poet born in Jersey. His works included Chroniques des Ducs de Normandie , Vie de Saint Nicolas , Le Roman de Rou , and Vies de la Vierge Marie et de Saint George . The work in question, Le Roman de Brut was a verse-paraphrase written in 1155, which was based on the history of Britain written by Geoffrey of Monmouth, and introduced the Round Table into the legend of King Arthur.
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Given by J. Cross in 1962.
Other Finding Aids
See R. Watson, 'Descriptive list of fragments of medieval manuscripts in the University of London Library (1976).
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
7" x 1¾". Written on vellum. Initial U in blue with red ornament; capitals at the beginning of each line touched in red; rubricated.
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
Conditions Governing Use
Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.
E.D. Yeo, 'Wace's Roman de Brut: a newly discovered fragment', in Manuscripta , VIII (1964).