SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 6534
IMEV 4082
NIMEV 4082
Whilom there was an high and mighty prince
Gilbert Banester, The Tale of Guiscardo and Ghismonda (Version A) — in rhyme royal
Note: See 5116; facs. .
Author(s): Gilbert Banester
Title(s): Tale of Guiscardo and Ghismonda
Subjects: tales; lovers
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 143-155
First Lines:
…Eche to othir þay suffir most payne
The wykked daunger and envyous Ielosye…
Last Lines:
…Is lord and gouernour comfort ayenst bale
Graunt þes lovers Ioy so endith my tale
Note: 610 lines in rhyme royal, except 17-line prologue in couplets; plus fragmentary prologue of 17 lines (f. 143; tale itself, ‘Whylome was þer an hygh & myghty prynce…’, begins f. 143v) and missing envoy; possibly text on f. 142v part of prologue, since title appears there: see 4096.
Editions:
Wright, Herbert Gladstone, ed. Early English Versions of the Tales of Guiscardo and Ghismonda and Titus and Gisippus from the Decameron. EETS o.s. 205 (1937); repr. 1988: 2-38.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 12524, ff. 17v-28v
First Lines:
Whilom ther was ane hyght & myghty prince
In Salern tawker þei clepyd hys name…
Last Lines:
…Speke to Gilbert banester which at the mocioune
Off Iohn Raynere this made aftir þe sentence
Note: 625 lines, with Envoy; a nineteenth-century transcript by John Holmes is London, British Library Addit. 20775.
Attributed Title: Incipit llegenda Gismond (f. 17v)
Editions:
Wright, Herbert Gladstone, ed. Early English Versions of the Tales of Guiscardo and Ghismonda and Titus and Gisippus from the Decameron. EETS o.s. 205 (1937); repr. 1988: 2-38.