Brotherton Collection Manuscript Verse (BCMSV)

The 17th- and 18th-century manuscripts listed below - many of them miscellanies in more than one hand - are those that have been indexed for the BCMSV (Brotherton Collection Manuscript Verse) database.
Digitisation of specimen pages from the more than 160 manuscripts has now taken place, with the result that over 320 examples of English handwriting are available for study. Every significant contributing hand is represented. Links from items in the list below give direct access to the chosen images, and to information about the texts represented.

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  • Content: The opening of "A Ballad made of a High and mighty Controversy Betwixt two Knights in Cheshire", an anonymous poem concerning a quarrel between Sir Peter Leycester and Sir Thomas Mainwaring.
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Last updated May 1, 2008 by the Special Collections Team