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DIMEV 4982
IMEV 3185
NIMEV 3185
Sometime it was the guise among the wise
‘Of Knyghthode and Bataile’ — 3023 lines in rhyme royal (a translation of Vegetius, De Re Militari
Author(s): Flavius Vegetius
Title(s): de Re Militari; ‘Of Knyghthode and Bataile’
Subjects: translations; warfare
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 45, Part II (SC 6927), ff. 1-53v
First Lines:
Svm tyme it was þe gise amonge þe wise
To rede and write goode & myghti thinges
And haue þerof the dede in exercise
Plesaunce herin hadde Emperours & kinges…
Last Lines:
…Of thy cadence and kepe ortographie
That neither he take of ner multiplie
Note: Every leaf has a running title ‘Of Knyghthode and Bataile’ and the number of the part (the Discourse consists of four parts each beginning with an illuminated letter). Each leaf contains 8 stanzas marked with letters A-H. This allows easy reference to any matter from the Table of Contents on ff. 54-56v: ‘The tabil vppon the book of Knyghthode and Bataile aftir the number lef and litterae therof’. At the end on f. 56v: ‘finis libri’. Originally the manuscript contained 56 leaves; now 29 leaves are lost.
Attributed Title: Of Knyghthode and Bataile (RT)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 243, ff. 1-55v
First Lines:
Sumtyme It was the gise among the wise
To rede and write goode and myghti thinges…
Last Lines:
…Of thi Cadence And kepe Ortographie
That neither he take of ner multiplye
Note: With prologue of eleven 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc, beg. ‘Hail halyday deuout alhail kalende / Of Marche wheryn Dauid the Confessour…’; Prologue ends f. 2v, ‘The kyng his Oratoure god graunt his bone / Ay to prevaile in Knyghthode & bataile’; usual text begins f. 3, as above.
Attributed Title: Salue festa dies Mauortis id est martis Auete Kalende Qua deus ad celum subleuat ire Dauid (f. 1)
Dyboski, R., and Z. M. Arend, eds. Knyghthode and Bataille. EETS o.s. 201 (1936); repr. 1971.
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Titus A.XXIII, ff. 2-53v
First Lines:
[S]omtyme it was the gise among þe wise
To rede and write goode and myghte thinges…
Last Lines:
…Of thy cadence and kepe ortographie
That neither he take of ner multiplie
Note: Illuminated initial ‘S’ has been torn from the manuscript.
Attributed Title: Of knyghthode and Baraile (RT)