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STATUTES
England, s. XIVin
1. ff. 1-4v: Chapter list for Magna Carta, Carta de foresta, provisions of Merton, statutes of Marlborough, Westminster I, Gloucester, and Westminster II. 2. f. 5: Note on limitation dates for writs in the time of Edward I; finding list for material on essoins in various statutes; f. 5v, list of statutes in this volume. 3. ff. 6-12: Magna Carta, 25 Edward I; SR 1, charters, 33-36. 4. ff. 12-15v: Carta de foresta, 28 Edward I; SR 1, charters, 42-44. 5. ff. 15v-16: Incipit sentencia lata super cartas, [E]n le noun del pier del fyz e del seynt espiryt amen. Cum nostre seignur le Roi al honur de deu e de seynt eglise e al comun profist de sun Reaum a touz lours les choses desus escrytes, Nous Roberd Erceveske de Canterbyry et primas de tut Engletere amovescoms un foyz deus foyz e troys foyz puys que la brefte del temps plus loynge demure…e de touz les sacramentes de seynt eglise enseveroms fiat fiat amen. 6. ff. 16-19: Provisions of Merton, 20 Henry III; SR 1:1-4. 7. ff. 19-26: Statute of Marlborough, 52 Henry III; SR 1:19-25. 8. ff. 26-41: Statute of Westminster I, 3 Edward I: SR 1:26-39. 9. ff. 41-45: Statute of Gloucester, beginning with the chapter on damages in novel disseisin, 6 Edward I; SR 1:47-50. 10. f. 45r-v: Exposition of the statute of Gloucester, 6 Edward I; SR 1:50. 11. ff. 45v-73: Statute of Westminster II, 13 Edward I; SR 1:71-95. 12. ff. 73-75: Statute of merchants, 11 Edward I; SR 1:53-54. 13. ff. 75-78v: Statute of the exchequer; SR 1:197-98. 14. ff. 78v-79v: Incipiunt districciones eiusdem, Purceo q’il comun du Reaum ad eu grant damage…ceo que viscunt avera reconu sey aver receau; SR 1:197b. 15. ff. 79v-80v: Statute of religious men, 7 Edward I; SR 1:51. 16. ff. 80v-81: Statute of gavelet in London; SR 1:222. 17. ff. 81-82: Quia emptores, 18 Edward I; SR 1:106. 18. ff. 82-83: Statute of persons to be put in assizes and juries, followed by a writ on this statute, 21 Edward I; SR 1:113. 19. ff. 83-84: Statute for respiting of knighthood; SR 1:229. 20. ff. 84-85: Circumspecte agatis, in 2 parts, the second beginning “Sub qua forma layci impetrant prohibicionem…”; SR 1:101-02. 21. ff. 85-86: Statute of ragman, 4 Edward I; SR 1:44. 22. ff. 86-87: View of frankpledge; SR 1:246-47. 23. f. 87r-v: Quo warranto II, 18 Edward I; SR 1:107. 24. ff. 87v-88: Manner of doing homage and fealty; SR 1:227-28. 25. f. 88r-v: Manner of challenging essoins; SR 1:217-18. 26. ff. 88v-89v: General days in banc; SR 1:208. 27. f. 89v: General days in dower; SR 1:208. 28. ff. 89v-100: Summa Iudicium essoniorum, [P]rimum capitulum de difficultate essoniorum circa viros et mulieres sive circa plures tenentes pro indiviso…et sic procedere debent alia placita iuxta eorum discrecionem. Explicit Iudicium Essoniorum.
G. E. Woodbine, ed., Four Thirteenth Century Law Tracts (Yale University Press 1910) 116-42.
29. ff. 100-107: Modus componendi Brevia, [C]um sit necessarium conquerentibus in Curia domini Regis ut sibi in suis casibus congruum exibeatur remedium…Licet antecessor conquerentis de pastura illa fuerit disseysitus. Explicit modus componendi Brevia.
Woodbine, Four Thirteenth Century Law Tracts, 143-59, here ending incomplete with respect to the printed text.
30. ff. 107-113v: Sequitur Summa de Bastardia, [N]ota quod si bastardus se clamando legitimum heredem…quamvis uxor infantis obierit dum fuerit in custodia. Nota si un hom claym par meyme la descent par bref de possessioun l’autre mette encuntre ly q’il est bastard qe unkes sun pier esposa sa mere l’enqueste deyt estre prys en la curt le Roi. Explicit Bastardia.
See Woodbine, Four Thirteenth Century Law Tracts, 1 and n. 3.
31. ff. 113v-125v: Sequitur parvum hyngham, [N]otandum quod quinque sunt essonia. Prima de ultra mare, Secundum de terra sancta…si compertus fuisset tenens. Homagium est iuris vinculum quo quis astringitur ad Warantizandum…Quia nichil tam naturale est quam unumquisque dissolvi eo genere quo est ligatum. Explicit parvum hyngham.
W. H. Dunham, ed., Radulphi de Hengham Summae (Cambridge 1932) 51-71; for the passage “Homagium est iuris vinculum…,” see G. E. Woodbine, ed., Bracton on the Laws and Customs of England, trans. and with notes by S. E. Thorne (Harvard University Press and the Selden Society 1968-77) 2:228.
32. f. 125v: Rubric in the main hand, “Sequitur extenta manerii”; f. 126, added in a later hand, s. XV/XVI, approximately one-half of the statute in SR 1:206-07; ff. 126v-127v, blank. 33. ff. 128-195v: Register of writs beginning with a writ of right, dated 20 Edward [I], 1291/92, with names of persons by initial only.
Parchment, ff. ii (modern paper) + i (modern parchment) + 195 + ii (modern paper); 187-189 × 129 (136-146 × 81-89) mm. 14(+5) 2-108 1112(through f. 89) 12-158 166(through f. 127) 17-238 2412. Catchwords placed between the double rule in the lower margin; none on quires 1, 11, 16, 24. 22-28 long lines; 23 long lines in art. 33. Ruled in lead with double rule across top and along the outer edge of the written space; additional double rules in the upper margin for running headlines (mostly cropped), along the outer margin (mostly cropped) and in the lower margin; slash prick marks at the 4 corners of the written space and in upper and lower margins for additional double rules. Written in an anglicana script by 2 persons: i, ff. 6-125v; ii, 1-4v (art. 1), 128-195v (art. 33). 8- to 5-line spaces reserved for initials; opening initial of art. 33, f. 128, 8-line, in blue with red flourishing; paragraph marks in red throughout. Running headlines in the hand of the scribe, mostly cropped; on some leaves where original headline has been cropped, a fifteenth century hand has supplied the title. Finding notes in art. 33 in the hand of the scribe. Erased note in lower margin of f. 5. Bound, ca. 1840, in red morocco, gold tooled with the Bridgewater crest stamped in gold on both covers; gilt edges. Written in England at the beginning of the fourteenth century. Note on f. 195v, s. XV/ XVI, “liber iste Restat Ricardo Bunney” with what appears to be a monogram of initials “M” (or “W”?) and “L”(?). On f. iii: “Liber Tho. Egerton ex dono Thomae hyggons” inscribed by Sir Thomas Egerton (1540-1617); the two signatures “J Bridgewater” by the first and second Earls (1579-1649 and 1622-86, respectively); “E:2.” by the first Earl, corrected to “E:2./10.” by the second Earl. On f. 1, in modern pencil, “513” corrected to “1122.” Acquired by Henry E. Huntington with the Bridgewater Library in 1917 (see pp. 5-7).
Secundo folio: [f. 7, Text] et racionabilia servicia
Bibliography: De Ricci, 135.
Abbreviations
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
SR
Statutes of the Realm (London 1810-28)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
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