There’s a medieval manuscript up for sale on eBay right now. As of this writing, the bidding is up to $7,500, with only one bid. The seller describes it as follows…
GENEALOGICAL AND CHRONICLE ROLL, in French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST SENSATIONAL ITEMS on EBAY ever! Do I exaggerate? FIND OUT:
WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?A 14 or 15th century sheet of parchment (125 x 57 cm) which traces the history and descent of the Popes, the Holy Roman Emperors, the Kings of France and of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. SIMPLY GORGEOUS and although part of possible a 10 to 20 meter long scroll, an unique object.*
If it is in capital letters, it must be TRUE. That is the rule of eBay. Be skeptical, for the seller claims the manuscript is in French, but not in FRENCH, however GORGEOUS it may be.
I doubt very many medieval manuscripts show up on eBay, since their categorization for rare books apparently doesn’t have a setting older than “pre 1900.”
*This description modified to remove insane amounts of superfluous eBay formating tags and scripting from the text I copied and pasted over. If you couldn’t read the first version of this post, I apologize, but blame whatever software the guy who posted this uses to do his eBay auctions.