Manuscript Monday

For this week’s Manuscript Monday we have an example of Anglo-Norman devotional literature. Robert de Gretham’s Miroir, also known as the Évangiles des domnées, is a devotional poem of some 19,000 lines. The work is structured as a series of verse sermons, each commenting on and explaining the gospel for a particular Sunday in the Christian calendar.

Of Robert de Gretham himself almost nothing is known beyond his name, which he gives at two points in the poem.

On the verso of our leaf can be seen the red text, or rubric, that marks the beginning of one of the Sunday sermons. The rubric is followed by the text of the gospel in Latin and the sermon itself in Anglo-Norman French.

- Tim