All that have pleasure in this booke to reade,
Praie for my soule, and for all quicke and deade
In the yeare of Christ MCCCC seaventie and seavene
This worke began. Honor to God in heavene.
Colophon at the end of a fifteenth century manuscript
It is to the scribes of the Middle Ages that modern scholars owe a debt of gratitude.
Without them, little would be known of the life and times of the people of the medieval