A Digital Catalogue of the
Pre-1500 Manuscripts and Incunables of the
Canterbury Tales
Second Edition
Location:  CambridgeTrinity College MS R.3.3
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Canterbury Tales (mutilated: ends X 880; DIMEV 6414)
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b through MerT: I II Va IVb IVa III VIII VI VIIf IX VIIcdeab Vb X
Progress of Copying: 
MLT ends on fol. 33v, 21 lines from the bottom of col. b, with the remainder of the page left blank. ML “Epilogue” begins at the top of fol. 34r, ending 12 lines from the bottom of col. a. Six lines below is “A Prolog of the Squier ended | And hiere beginneth his tale | folwing.” The rest of the page is blank. SqT begins at the top of fol. 34v and ends on fol. 38r, col. b, 17 lines from the bottom, at V 670. A later (sixteenth-century) hand writes the explicit and incipit for Parts 1 & 2, as well as V 671-672, and adds “The reaste not to be founde though | sought in diuers places./.” marked with a pointing hand. Five lines from the bottom, the scribe writes “A Prolog of the Marchaunt | With his tale folwing.” MerT begins at the bottom of fol. 38va. CYT ends on the tenth line of col. a on fol. 75v. Five lines below is “A Tale tolde be the Maister | Of Phisik,” but the rest of the page is blank and PhT begins at the top of fol. 76r. PdT ends on fol. 81v and is followed by the Host’s interruption of the Monk (short form), introduced as “A Prolog of the Nonnes prest.” NPT follows and is succeeded by MancPro & T. MancT ends on fol. 87r, followed by “A Prolog and a tale tolde be Master Chaucer” (Thop). Thop ends at VII 742, followed by “&c” and “Verba Hospitis” (VII 919-966) and the added lines “Wich anon in prose I wol telle in this presence | Of Melibe & his wif & there douӡter Sapience.” Mel and MkPro & T follow, ending on fol. 103v: “A tale finisshed of the Monk | & hiere beginneth the Shipman | his tale of a Monk & of a Marchaunt.” ShT and PrT follow. FkT (beginning at V 709) follows PrT, introduced by the rubric “Hic Incipit Prologus de ffran | keleyn cum fabula sua de Rokkes | De Brytanie.” PsPro follows FkT, with I1 reading “Bi that the ffrankelyn | had his tale ended.”

Page Size:  
35 x 24 cm.
One stiff modern parchment fly leaf at the front and one at the back.
[1-7]8 fols. 1-56
[8]8 (–7: stub) fols. 57-63
[9-12]8 fols. 64-95
[13]8 (–8: stub) fols. 96-102
[14-16]8 fols. 103-126
[17]8 (–5-8: stubs) fols. 127-130
See, e.g., fol. 22v. Double columns, ruled and margined in violet ink, 42-45 lines per column. Double ruled at the top and bottom all the way across. Columns approximately 24 x 7.5 cm each with ca. 1.4 cm space between. Gatherings of eight, with catchwords centered on the final verso of each gathering. Red capital strokes. The first lines of tales are written in a tall textura (3 lines high, 15 mm of body height, with ascenders extending well above this), whose letter forms are much higher than they are wide. Except for GenPro, these are preceded by large, strapwork initials executed in the text ink with red highlights. Catchwords centered on the final verso of gatherings of eight.
The same as that of Ds¹. The features exhibited by the scribe in this MS are more characteristic of what has come to be known as the “Hooked-g” scribe (Edwards and Pearsall 1989, p. 265-6). This hybrid secretary hand attends carefully to calligraphic features such as hairline connecting strokes, the otiose crescent hook on the tail of g, and the horns on the same graph. The unlooped d has a curved ascender. The minim strokes have both the heads and feet of textura quadrata (see Parkes 1969, p. 14[ii]). The ascenders of long s and f display the “rolled umbrella” shape (Preston and Yeandle 1992, p. 10). Body height approximately 2 mm; body height of display script approximately 12 mm. (See further Hooked-g Scribes)
The first page of CT (fol. 1r) has a bar border on the left, with sprays extending along the top and bottom borders. The colors are a goldish brown, rose, blue, and green with white highlights and gold balls. There is a 3-line painted initial W to begin GenPro. See above under Format.
Dark brown leather (seventeenth century?) over pasteboard, sewn on six bands. Rebacked.

s. XV3/4
See the Language section of the Hooked-g Scribes article.
Bequeathed by John Furtho, whose will is dated “22 January 1632 (1632-3) and proved on 5 March the same year” (from a note at the front of Trinity College, Cambridge MS R.14.52). Manly-Rickert suggest that the shield inside the strapwork initial “U” on fol. 70r could be Stafford arms (1:526).

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Horobin, Simon. “The ‘Hooked G’ Scribe and His Work on Three Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 49 (1998): 411-17. 
Manly, John M., and Edith Rickert, eds. The Text of the Canterbury Tales: Studied on the Basis of All Known Manuscripts. 8 vols. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1940. 1:522-6; 1:577-80.
McCormick, Sir William and Janet E. Heseltine. The Manuscripts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: A Critical Description of Their Contents. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933. 501-9.
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Parkes, M. B. English Cursive Book Hands. London: Scolar, 1969. pl. 14 (ii) [Hatton 2, scribe 2].
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Seymour, Michael C. A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts. Volume II, The Canterbury Tales. Aldershot and Brookfield: Scolar Press, 1997. 66-9.
Smith, Jeremy J. “Spelling and Tradition in Fifteenth-Century Copies of Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” In J. J. Smith, ed. The English of Chaucer and his Contemporaries. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1988. 96-113. 
Trinity College, Cambridge. Digital Facsimile of Trinity College, Cambridge MS R.3.3. []