Le coutumier de Normandie
Early 14th cent.
Manuscripts--FrenchJustice, Administration of--Normandy--HistoryCommon law--England--SourcesLaw--Normandy--SourcesFrance--Normandy--Social conditions--1066-1485Manuscripts, Medieval
Gothic minuscule script; 1 column of 20 lines (8.75 x 5.5 cm.).
Contains the laws, statutes and customs of Normandy, intermingled with some of the laws of Edward the Confessor and other Saxon kings.
Written in French, by one hand, in red and black ink with ornamental initials in red and blue.
Contains an incomplete calendar of the saints. The month of January and half of February and December are wanting. December feast days are supplied on a small piece of 14th or 15th century parchment bound in at the beginning of the calendar. Capitals in the calendar are in tarnished silver ink.
The addition of the feast of St Thomas Aquinas (March 7) in a later hand possibly indicates a date of origin prior to 1323 in which year Aquinas was canonized.
The inclusion of many Anglo-Irish saints (St Dunstan of Canterbury, St Augustine of Canterbury, St Brendan of Clonfert and St Thomas Becket) indicates a strong British influence on the manuscript.
Rebound in sheepskin with a vellum back.
Leaves 23, 29 and 90 mutilated.
Title from: The Union List of Manuscripts in Canadian Repositories, Supp. 1977-78, p. 122.
Formerly catalogued as Fisher MSS 01244.
Acquired from the ROM, 9 Jan. 1975.