The John Rylands and Chetham's Libraries Manchester were both founded by charitable local magnates and in the course of time have become well known in many parts of the world Housed in their striking original premises they both contain major collections of manuscripts which in each case include important texts in Middle English prose In particular the Rylands collection which is the larger has fifteen copies of the Wycliffite Bible six of the prose 'Brut' three of Nicholas Love's 'Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesu Christ

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