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Art. 107, Quy est en tristour: Introduction

Abbreviations: AND: Anglo-Norman Dictionary; ANL: Anglo-Norman Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (R. Dean and Boulton); BL: British Library (London); Bodl.: Bodleian Library (Oxford); CT: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales; CUL: Cambridge University Library (Cambridge); DOML: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library; FDT: French Devotional Texts of the Middle Ages (Sinclair 1979); FDT-1French Devotional Texts of the Middle Ages, . . . First Supplement (Sinclair 1982); IMEV: The Index of Middle English Verse (Brown and Robbins); MED: Middle English Dictionary; MWME: A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050–1500 (Severs et al.); NIMEV: A New Index of Middle English Verse (Boffey and Edwards); NLS: National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh).

This Anglo-Norman prose work offers another pious list intended to aid persons who find themselves in trouble, a condition defined as sadness or imprisonment, poverty or illness. By day of week, the appropriate masses and ritual actions are itemized. R. Dean identifies related texts in two other manuscripts, both unedited (ANL 948). In MS Harley 2253 this item joins with the next one, forming two lists of seven masses. The paragraphing of the text and translation given here conforms to the scribe’s rubrication, except that the initial F (Face) of line 3 is not marked.

[Fol. 135r. ANL 948. Scribe: B (Ludlow scribe). Quire: 15. Layout: No columns, written as prose. Edition: Hunt and Bliss, pp. 248–49. Other MSS: London, BL MS Arundel 230, fol. 6v; London, BL MS Harley 209, fol. 120r. Translation: Hunt and Bliss, pp. 248–49.]

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