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In the Roman Acts written is thus
Thomas Hoccleve, Tale of the Emperor Gerelaus — 140 stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Title(s): Tale of the Emperor Gerelaus
Subjects: Gerelaus, emperor
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 735 (SC 1504), ff. 15v-28
First Lines:
In the Romayn actus writyn is thus
Sometyme am Emprour in þe Citee…
Last Lines:
…And lo in þis wyse and maner it seith
Which to þat tale is good be knytt in feyth
Attributed Title: Explicit dialogus et Incipit quedam fabula de quadam bona et nobili Imperatrice Romana (f. 15v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 185 (SC 1786), ff. 145-156
First Lines:
IN the Romayn Iestys wretyn is thus
Aum tyme an Emperour in the Citee…
Last Lines:
…Whiche that no wyght eschue may ne fle
And when gode wole also dye schall we
Note: The poem has a prosaic ‘moralisation’ at the end.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 53 (SC 3441), ff. 98v-116
First Lines:
IN romain actis writen is thus
Somtime an emperour in the citee…
Last Lines:
…And to in this wise and manere it seith
Wiche to that tale is good be knytte in feith
Note: At the end: ‘here endith þe Prolog and begynneþ þe moralizing of þe …’ (the rest is under the binding). Ends imperfectly due to loss of folios.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 221 (SC 27627), ff. 15v-28v
First Lines:
IN þe Romayn actes writyn is thus
Some tyme an Emperoure in þe Cyte…
Last Lines:
…And loo in þis wise and maner it seith
Which to þat tale is gode be knytt in feyth
Attributed Title: Here endith tale of a gode woman which was sum tyme Emprice of Rome and now sueth a prolog of þe moralizoun of the same tale (f. 28); Here endith þe prologe and begynneth þe moralisoun (f. 28v)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. d.4 (SC 30126), ff. 4-18
First Lines:
IN the Romayne actus wreten is thus
Some tyme an Emperour in the Sitee…
Last Lines:
…Which that no wyht eschewe may ne fflee
And whane god lyst also dyen shull we
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.VI, f. 102
7.Source: Coventry, Coventry Archives Acc. 325/1, ff. 49rb-56ra
First Lines:
IN þe Romayn Gestis wreten is thus
Some tyme an Emperour in þe Cete…
Last Lines:
…Which that noo wight eschewe may ne flee
And whanne god list also a dieu shul wee
Attributed Title: & incipit quedam fabula de quadam bona & nobile Imperatrice Romana (f. 49rb); Here endithe the tale of a good woman which was sometime Emperice of Rome and nowe sueth the Prolog (f. 56ra)
8.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, ff. 26v-49
First Lines:
In the Roman actes writen is thus
Whilom an Emperour in the Citee…
Last Lines:
…Which þat no wight eschue may ne flee
And whan god list also dye shul we
Note: Followed by a prose moralization, ff. 50 -52v.
Attributed Author: Hoccleve
Attributed Title: ffabula de quadam Imperatrice Romana (f. 26v); Explicit fabula de quadam Imperatrice Romana (f. 49)
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 140-74.
9.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 493 [olim Phillipps 8267; Robinson (July 1952); Bodmer], ff. 16v-29
First Lines:
IN the roman actus wryttyn in this
Sometyme an emperour in the Citee…;
Last Lines:
…And so in this wise & manere it seith
Which to þat tale is good be gyng knytt in feith
Note: Tale ends, before moralization begins, ‘…Wich þat no wight eschewe may ne flee / And whan god list also dye shull wee’ (f. 28v) Moralization begins f. 28v: ‘My frende afftere y trow a wook or twoo / That þis tale endid was hoom to me cam…’, followed by prose moralization.
Attributed Title: incipit quedam fabula de quadam et nobile imperatrice Romana (f. 16v); Here endith my tale of a good woman which was In tyme Emprice of Rome and now sewyth a prologg þe moralizasion of þe same tale (f. 28v); Here endith þe moralizing of my tale… (f. 30)