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Report No. r515

Robert Mannyng of Brunne

d. 1338

 

Alternative Names

Robert Manning; Robert Mannyng de Brunne; Robert Mannyng of Brunne; Roberd Mannyng de Brunne

 

Biography/Description

A Gilbertine monk, Robert wrote an English adaptation of the anonymous Anglo-Norman penitential handbook, Manuel des péchés. Called Handlyng synne in Robert’s version (c. 1303), it also contained a section dealing with confession.

 

Text(s)

 
No. 1

Handlyng synne, c. 1303.

 

Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Handlyng synne, c. 1303.

 
Manuscript

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London, BL Harley 1701, fol. 1–84

 
 

Oxford, Bodleian Libr. Bodley 415, fol. 1–80

 
 

Washington, D.C., Folg. Libr. Folger v.b. 236, fol. 1–84

 
 

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Cambridge, Univ. Libr. Ii.4.9, fol. 97–142

 
 

London, Dulwich Coll. Dulwich XXIV, fol. 1–21

 
 

New Haven, Conn., Yale Univ., Beinecke Libr. Osborn 5 Chest II, no. 69, fol. 1–142

 

Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 1

Handlyng synne.

 
Modern Editions

Roberd of Brunne’s Handlyng Synne (Written A.D. 1303;) With the French Treatise on Which it Is Founded, Le Manuel des Pechiez by William of Wadington, ed. F. Furnivall (London 1862).

 
 

Robert of Brunne’s “Handlyng Synne,” A.D. 1303, With Those Parts of the Anglo–French Treatise on Which it Was Founded, William of Wadington’s “Manuel des Pechiez”, ed. F. Furnivall (Early English Text Society, o.s. 119, 123; London 1901–1903; repr. Millwood 1975) (http://name.umdl.umich.edu/AHA2735.0001.001).

 
 

A Study of the Bodley MS 415: Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Handlyng Synne, ed. I. de Pere Sullens (Ph.D. diss. Stanford University; Stanford 1959).

 
 

An edition of Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Handlyng Synne (Osborn manuscript), ed. S. Schulz (Ph.D. diss. New York University; New York 1974).

 
 

An Edition of Robert Mannyng’s Handlyng Synne, ed. B. van der Schaaf (Ph.D. diss. University of Iowa; Iowa City 1978).

 

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