The Auchinleck Manuscript


The Auchinleck Manuscript


Burnley, David; Wiggins, Alison; National Library of Scotland


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English, Middle (1100-1500)

Editorial Practice

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OTA keywords


LC keywords

Literature, Medieval
English language--Middle English, 1100-1500--Texts

  • designation: CollectionText
  • size: 91 files : ca. 17.3 MB
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Source Description

The Auchinleck Manuscript : National Library of Scotland, Advocates' MS. 19.2.1 / with an introduction by Derek Pearsall [and] I.C. Cunningham — The Auchinleck Manuscript Scolar Press in association with the National Library of Scotland London: 1977


Auchinleck offers a rare snapshot of the kind of English literary texts which were in circulation in England in the period before Chaucer. A wide range of genres are represented in the manuscript which includes romance, hagiography, texts offering basic doctrinal instruction, a chronicle, humorous tales and poems of satire and complaint. Although Auchinleck contains a variety of texts, it is most famous for its collection of verse romances. That such a large number of ME romances are assembled together in one volume is remarkable and of Auchinleck's 44 surviving texts, 18 are romances; 8 of these are in unique versions and all are in their earliest copy with the exception of 'Floris and Blancheflour'.

Also available at:

Wiggins, Alison. 'Are Auchinleck Manuscript Scribes 1 and 6 the Same Scribe?: Whole-Data Analysis and the Advantages of Electronic Texts'. Medium Aevum, 73(2004): 10-26.

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