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The Canterbury Tales, with the Prologue, Written early in the 15th century in England

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MS. Barlow 20

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The Canterbury Tales, with the Prologue, described by W. W. Skeat in The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1914), vol. 4, p. xi, as 'A clearly written MS. of the D-type, including Gamelyn; imperfect after Sir Thopas, but contains a portion of the Manciple's Tale'. It contains the somewhat rare lines F. 679-80, which are quoted from it in the Six text (Chaucer Society, ed. Furnivall).

Dates

  • Written early in the 15th century in England

Language of Materials

  • English, Middle (1100-1500)

Physical Description

265) leaves

Shelfmark

MS. Barlow 20

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 6420

Custodial History

'per me Thomas Weke' and other 16th-cent. scribblings are on fol. 260v.

Bibliography

  • For other peculiarities see J. Koch, The Pardoner's Tale (Heidelberg, 1901), pp. 56-7, and cf. The Manuscripts of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by Sir William McCormick (Oxford, 1933), pp. 21-9.

Physical Description

265) leaves

Physical Facet

On parchment, binding, 17th-cent. English work, rebacked, with a few illuminated capitals, etc.

Dimensions

12 4/5 × 6 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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