This page provides a full transcription of the annotations left by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century readers on the Bancroft Library’s copy of the Owen Rogers Piers Plowman (Berkeley, Bancroft Library, PR 2010 .A1 1561). Lines are keyed to the Athlone edition of the B text, but juxtaposition of comment and lines should not necessarily be seen to imply a connection. All abbreviations have been expanded; when possible, letters lost to trimming have been supplied as well. Wordless pentrials have not been noted.
The notes have been linked to the following hands:
A: Hand that repeatedly drafts an address to Anthony Bate.
B: Richard Bynnyngley. A messy and quickly-written secretary, characterised by a u-like minuscule ‘e’ and tendency to sprawl horizontally. Generally written in black ink.
C: ‘Clemence Cropitone‘. A hand similar to Doughtie’s in appearance, but messier, defined by a long tail to the single-stroke minuscule ‘e’ and flattened ascender in minuscule ‘d’.
D: Robert Doughtie. A relatively careful facile secretary for English notes, while Latin is written in italic with some embellishments; both in brown ink.
I: ‘Indenture hand’. Experiments in a variety of formal styles; may be identical with one of the other hands.
N: ‘Non’ hand. May be identical with one of the other hands.
R: ‘Reformist’ hand. A careful late Elizabethan engrossing secretary in brown ink.
T: John Tynker. Responsible for a sole signature.
|Folio||B text position||Hand||Nonverbal marks||Verbal notes|
|*.ir||Title page||Many partial signatures, pentrials, tally marks|
|*.iv||Title page verso||B||Richard Bynnyngley… of maye in ye yeare of our Lord god|
|T||Johannes Tynker 1561 1551|
|D||Robertus doughtye est verus possessor huius lybry
|*.iir||Rogers’s ‘brefe summe’||R||Line follows text: ‘shamefull Simonye raigneth in the church’|
|A.ir||Prol. 13-16||D||Robert doughtye|
|A.iiir||Prol. 132||D?||Sum rex|
|B.ivv||2.39-39a||B?||Three stars above Rogers’s marginal note: ‘Psalm xv’|
|D.iiir||3.227 and following||D||Robert Doughtye in the county|
|E.iiiv||4.120||Six lines in margin|
|F.iiir||5.120-45||C||clamance cropitone of rapton in darby hrere in the conty of darby husband manne|
|F.iiiv||5.149-65||B||Rychard Bynnynglye of dounkaster on his bouke god giue him grace on to|
|G.ir||5.242-62||B||Rychard Bynnyngley of doncastar on this booke god geue him grace on it to|
|W [probably a nota]
|h.ivr||Rogers’s ‘argument’ to passus 6||D||of this boke yif be It loust and youe It Fynde I praye you restore to my agent Robart Doughty W|
|I.iiir||6.158-75||D||Robert Dought of derby in the county of conty of Darby|
|L.iiir||8.62-86||B||sere knaue and take up your beter name is Johne name
|M.ivr||Close of passus 9, argument to 8||D
Willm †Smitnish† Admund He my comasin my the Lord
|N.iiiir||10.216-17||D||W [probably a nota]|
|Q.ir||11.238 and following||A||Comendations not omyted unto you good … Antony bayte unto unto unto you good|
|Q.iiiv||11.396 and following||D||Robart doughty in the Is the rightye woner of this boke god him|
|R.ir||12.28||A||Bryte this indenture made this|
|R.iv||12.63-78||A||Unto you good Antony bate Unto you good Antony bate|
|S.ir||12.271 and following||D and others||Copre humfr hawsdyn White ex Abraham Abra Elizabeth illusima|
|S.iiir||13.74 and following||B||Rychard Bynnyglye of dnc Rychard By|
|z.iiv||15.386-97||B||W binn your your your|
|Questio oriebatur Fransis pie
|Aa.ir||15.570 and following||R||Lines in margin|
|Aa.iv||Beneath 15.613||D||This bylle mayd exday|
|C[c].iiiv||17.286-88||Lines in margin|
|Ee.iv||18.251-57||R||For he some tyme and please rene Yroye C|
|Ff.iiv||19.39-66||I||This Indenture made the twentye day of June This Ind|
|Ff.iiv||19.103 following||I||… be not omise and think of the that good you this|
|Ff.iiir||19.139 and following||B||Rych Rych|
|Ff.iiiv||Beneath 19.196||A||Unto you good brother Antonye Bate|
|Ff.iiiiv||19.229 and following||I||Doodle||This Indenture F Doncaster This Indenture|
|Gg.iir||19.325-26||Lines in margin|
|Gg.iiv||19.359; 362; 364||Marks in margin|
|Hh.ir||20.22 and following||B?||his sonne ys is|
|J[j].iv||20.295-319||R||F roger Thom Amidst the stonie rocks I say I sawe a man enclined to wickednes [heavily trimmed:] ge that ruled I null middest & Rome im kils|
|J[j].iir||20.326-58||D||Unto you good Robart doughtye Robertus doughty est verus possesor huius libri|
|Jj.iiv||20.359 to end||D||Robarte Doughtye Roberte Doughtye Robarte|