Consists of full versions of Mannyng's poem Handlyng synne (leaves 1-84v) and Mannyng's translation into English of Meditationes vitae Christi, or, Meditations on the supper of our lord and the hours of the passion, sometimes attributed to Cardinal Bonavenura (leaves 84v-92v)
Title from top of leaf 1r, written in ink, in later hand, "The booke called handelyng off synne."
Collation: Leaves ii + 92 + ii; 1-5⁸ 6⁶ 7-11⁸ 12⁶; catchwords
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 37 lines (dimensions of written space: 252 x 180 mm); frame-ruled in ink; prickings in inner margin
Script: Written by a professional scribe in Anglicana cursiva
Decoration: Border in red, blue and gold of oak leaves and daisy buds on leaf 1r
Decoration: Illuminated first initial on leaf 1r
Decoration: 3 coats of arms at bottom of leaf 1r, one of which is for Sir William Clopton
Decoration: Pen flourished initials in red and blue ink throughout
Binding: 19th century white leather in a brown leather case by Riviere & Son. Case labeled: Robert of Brunne, Handlinge sinne, Manuscript XIV century (dimensions of case: 392 x 286 mm)
Origin: England, no later than 1403
Poem listed in the Folger card index of first lines. First line: Father and Son and Holy Ghost (in manuscript as "Fader and sone & holi gost.")
Formerly Folger MS 420312
Sir William Clopton (coat of arms leaf 1r) - [Giffard family library] MS
Volume was formerly bound with copies of (1) Mandeville's Travels (Princeton University Library, Taylor Medieval MS 10), and (2) a "C" text of Piers Plowman, the Evangelie and Assumption of our Lady (London University Library MS V.17), all done by the same scribe and originally following Handlyng Synne and Meditations. See Studies in the Vernon Manuscript, edited by D.A. Pearsall, 1990, especially p. 29-44
Shelfmark: Washington, D.C., Folger Shakespeare Library, MS V.b.236
For further discussion of this manuscript and a modern edition of Handlyng Synne see Idelle Sullens edition, 1983, no. F
Also available on microfilm and as a digital reproduction
Leaves 1-84v: "Fader and sone & holi gost . . . vs to profite and god to queme. [leaf 1v: Ten commandments] The firste coma[u]ndeme[n]t is of echone . . . of trowthe schewe the righte weie. [leaf 21r: Seven deadly sins] Now of the seuene wol we telle . . . that god of heuene vs alle loue. [leaf 58r: Sacrilege] Of these dedli sinnes seuene . . . that we be here & sche vs take. [leaf 64r: Seven sacraments: rubr.] here beginney the seuene sacra-mentis of holi churche. [text] The first sacrame[n]t of holi bapteme . . . w[i]t[h] oute sinne this sacrament. [leaf 76v: Shrift] The lighte of gr[ac]e that neu[e]r hath ende . . . & in oure schrifte ih[es]u to queme."
Leaves 84v-92: "[rubr.] Here bi ginney meditaciouns of the soper of oure lord ih[es]u and also of his passioun & eke of the peines of his moder suete mayden marie the whiche made in latine boun-ventura cardinal. [text] Almighti god in trinite . . . that liuest & reinest w[i]t[h] oute ending. [rubr.] Amen."
Also known as
Uniform title: Handlyng synne
Extended title: The book called Handelyng off synne, 1303 copy of ca. 1400
Alternate titles: Hanlinge sinne, Handelyng off synne, a poem, Father and Son and Holy Ghost