Art. 3b, Epistle a Claudie l’emperour

Art. 3b, Epistle a Claudie l'emperour: EXPLANATORY NOTES


ABBREVIATIONS: AND: Anglo-Norman Dictionary; ANL: Anglo-Norman Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (R. Dean and Boulton); BL: British Library (London); BnF: Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris); CUL: Cambridge University Library; MED: Middle English Dictionary; NLW: National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth); PL: Patrologiae cursus completus . . . series latina (Migne).

21 selunc la vielz lei. “Faithfully.” The phrase literally means “by the old law.”

95–96 An acute sense of loss precipitated by Jesus’ recent death underscores Volusian’s eagerness to know what Jesus looked like in life. This longing prepares for the discovery of the precious likeness preserved in Veronica’s portrait of Jesus. It is interesting that the text does not describe the portrait as being imprinted on a cloth. On the Veronica legend, see Kuryluk. On the desire to recapture how Jesus appeared in flesh, compare another text appearing much later in Harley 2253: Distinguishing Features of the Bodily Form of Jesus Christ Our Lord (art. 91).

135 Amerine. The Tuscan city Amelia was called Ameria in the Middle Ages. A more standard tradition is that Pilate was exiled to the city of Vienne in Gaul. See Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend, trans. Ryan, 1:212–14.

170–71 Claudius was Roman Emperor from 41–54 A.D., succeeding Caligula (37–41 A.D.) and preceding Nero (54–68 A.D.). In the chronology given here, the author overlooks Caligula’s four-year reign.

173 Symoi. On Simon Magus, his cult-like control over Nero, and his rivalry with Saint Peter, see The Passion of Saint Peter (art. 7), which gives a fuller account of the story. See also the account of Simon Magus in Jacobus of Voragine, The Golden Legend, trans. Ryan, 2:325–27.

Art. 3b, Epistle a Claudie l'emperour: TEXTUAL NOTES


Abbreviations: MS: MS Harley 2253; M: Meyer 1895; O: O’Connor; P: Perman; R: D. Russell 1989.

title MS: epistle a clau|die lemperour. Scribe B inserts this title in red ink in the left margin.

10 constreint. MS: costreint.

62 Olivete. MS: de maled.

82 s’esforcent. MS: sesfor.

87 poeté. MS: peete.

112 tant li. MS: tain li.

142 m’ame. MS: m.

148 de. MS: del.

158 si se. MS: se se.

172 André. MS: A.

188 dit. MS: omitted.

192 de. MS: del.


 
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