Excerpt from The English Register of Oseney Abbey, by Oxford, Written About 1460, Vol. 2: Forewords, Grammar Notes, Indexes
The number of each chapter is rubricated, and placed after the summary. As usual, spaces have been left for illuminated initial letters, and these in mo... st cases are marked in ink for the illuminator in small letters which could easily be painted over.
The general character of the writing suggests 1450 as a probable date for this section.
For some reason, the Bonaventura treatise was broken off as soon as begun, and the volume devoted to a more special need of the abbey, viz. The transcription of an English version of the register of estates and privileges. The rubrics and text of this section are written in somewhat freer style than the preceding, and the writing is slightly sloped. We therefore date it somewhat later, say about 1460. This second portion occupies leaves num bered from I to 61, and breaks off in the middle, not merely of a deed but of a sentence. Leaf 61 back to leaf 65 back are blank, possibly so left with a view to completion of the section at some future time. The unfinished state of this second section is further shown by the absence of rubrics from the greater part of it, though spaces for their insertion have been uniformly left.
This portion is here printed in the order of the ms. Although this order is confusing in respect of locality, violates the order of time, and involves repetitions, it is intentional and follows a method of its own, and therefore could not be set aside.
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