Southern France, late 13th century.
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with neumes, parts of the services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; a partial bifolium (leaves not consecutive), double columns of 39 lines in a slightly rounded gothic script, square musical notation on 4-line staves ruled in red, ruled lightly with plummet, two-line initials alternately in red and blue with contrasting penwork extending far into the margins, lesser initials with calligraphic flourishing and stroked with red, capitals touched in red, rubrics; recovered from use in a binding and with consequent wear, creasing, soiling and staining from turn-ins, a few small holes, outer column of first leaf of bifolium cropped. The second leaf measures 255 x 174 mm (written space 205 x 150 mm)
Staves ruled entirely in red appear in the last decades of the thirteenth century (formerly the F-line would usually have been ruled in red and the C-line in yellow). During the same period neume forms throughout Europe generally became squarer in form, and by the end of the century the familiar square-note notation had become virtually uniform across western Europe.
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SMITH, Alan G.R., ed. with an introduction by.
The Last Years of Mary Queen of Scots. Documents from the Cecil Papers at Hatfield House.
This volume draws on the great collection of Cecil Papers at Hatfield House to present, in a sequence of some forty selected documents, a startlingly immediate narrative of the intrigue and drama that inform the last act of the Scots Queen’s tragedy. The documents have been edited by Dr Alan G. R. Smith of Glasgow University, who has contributed a substantial and informative introduction to the volume. Further interest is added by the inclusion of ‘An Epitaph upon the death of … Marie’ (1604), reproduced from the unique copy at Hatfield and accompanied by an authoritative note by Dr David Rogers.