SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 5224
IMEV 3318
NIMEV 3318
The book of marshalcy here shall begin
A verse introduction to a prose treatise on horses — seven couplets
Subjects: introductions, to prose texts; horses; utilitarian instructions
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Wood empt. 18 (SC 8606), f. 82
First Lines:
The booke of merschalsy here hit schall begyn
He þat will with yt crafte any goode wyn…
Last Lines:
…Till þai be of age & myghtefull at nede
A knyght apon to ride on euery dughty dede
Editions:
Smith, Sir Frederick. The Early History of Veterinary Literature. London: Bailliere, Tindall, and Cox, 1919: 1.110.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 21
First Lines:
The boke of marchalsie here shall begyn
Ye þat will with þat Craft any honour wynne…
Last Lines:
…Tyll they be of age & myghtifull at nede
A knyght to Ride vpon at euery dowghty dede
Note: 14 lines
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 100.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 5086, f. 99
First Lines:
The booke of marchaulsye here it shall bygyne
yee that wole with the craft eny honour wyne…
Last Lines:
…Tyl they ben of age and myhtfull atte nede
A knyght to ryde vpon at euery douhty dede
Attributed Title: The boke of medycene for horses and to know of what cuntry the best horses be bredin contaynyng 30 leves (f. 99).