Rate’s personal anthology

Rate’s personal anthology

Anon.

late 15th or early 16th century

midlands of England (Leicester?)

Manuscript

This manuscript was written by a man named Rate, probably for use by himself and his household. It includes five romances—Isumbras, The Earl of Toulouse, Lybeaus Desconus, Cleges and Orfeo—and nearly forty texts of spiritual or moral instruction and advice. These include prayers, devotions, and practical or monitory texts, for example on teaching young men and women, on healthy eating, and on table manners. The romances’ lessons on ethics and family relationships relate to this educative scheme. Rate inscribes his name in the manuscript, and includes symbols such as fish, flowers and shields. Their religious symbolism might be linked to his membership of a merchant company or religious group, such as the Leicester Corpus Christi Guild, whose emblem Rate’s drawings of fish and flowers resemble, and from where his dialect originates.

Comments

15/05/2012

Kylie Murray

Does anyone have any thoughts on the Scottish connections of this manuscript? In the early c20th, Rate was believed to be (or to refer to) David Rate, an advisor of the Scottish king, James I (d.1437).

An early 15th c advisory text called 'Ratis Raving' may also be connected with this figure. In addition, the MS in which it survives contains a short poem that is attributed to James I in a later witness.

It would be exciting to find a link - but it's hard to know currently if there really is one.

A shared book
A shared book
A rough draft and fair copy of <em>Sir Firumbras</em>
A rough draft and fair copy of Sir Firumbras
Rate’s personal anthology
Rate’s personal anthology
An enthusiast’s ‘Poetry Pasty’
An enthusiast’s ‘Poetry Pasty’
<em>Richard Coeur de Lyon</em>
Richard Coeur de Lyon