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SIR THOMAS LITTLETON, TENURES
England, s. XVmed/ex
1. ff. ii: Notes, s. XVII, in Latin referring to another legal text by page number; once a separate sheet, evidently tipped in after the volume entered the Bridgewater collection: a note on the verso, “Loose leaf in T 3 8,” misreading the early Bridgewater pressmark, “I.3/8.” 2. ff. 1-10v: //Tenir en pure villenage est a faire tout…a sa partie que a luy fuist aliene et si//
Old Tenures, beginning defectively, continuing beyond the 1521 Pynson edition with a section on Rent annuell and a series of short definitions, Suyt service through Tenauntz en comen, which ends defectively.
3. f. 11: hey noyney I wyll loue our ser Iohn & I loue eny/ o lord so swett ser Iohn dothe kys/ at euery tyme when he wolde pley…with praty plesure For to assay/ Furres of the Fynest with other thynges.
IMEV 2494. R. H. Robbins, ed., Secular Lyrics of the XIVth and XVth Centuries (Oxford 1955) 20-21 from this manuscript, and R. L. Greene, ed., The Early English Carols (Oxford 1977) 278 from this manuscript. The burden is repeated in the margin of f. 73v in a different form, “hey troly loly hey troly loly I must loue our sur Iohn & I loue eny o lord.”
4. f. 11v: I must go walke þe woed so wyld/ & wander here & there/ in dred & dedly fere…but when your bewty I do thynk/ & all For lowe off on. [f. 12, pen trials, indenture, etc. (see below); f. 12v, blank]
IMEV 1333. Robbins, ed., Secular Lyrics, pp. 14-15 with the 4 stanzas from this manuscript; stanzas 1-2, 4-5 of the 15 stanzas in K. Muir and P. Thomson, eds., Collected Poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt (Liverpool 1969) 150-52. Stanza 1 repeated on f. 108v, stanzas 2 and 4 repeated on f. 107v, and the first 4 lines of stanza 2 also on f. 109.
5. ff. 13-132: Tenant en Fee simple est celuy qi ad terres ou tenementz a tener a luy et a sez heures a toutz iours…plus tost aviendra a la certeynte et a la conusaunce de la ley. Lex plus laudatur quando racione probatur. Expliciunt nove tenure secundum Lyteltoun.
T. E. Tomlins, ed., Lyttleton, his treatise of tenures in French and in English (London 1841).
Paper (Anneau similar to Briquet 694, Palermo 1479), ff. i (modern paper) + i (contemporary paper) + 132 + i (modern paper); 229 × 155 (148 × 84) mm. 114(-1, 2, 3) 214 3-512 612(-12 after f. 72, with possible loss of text) 7-1112. Catchwords in the center lower margin of the last leaf verso, and below the right lower corner of the text on each recto. 31-32 long lines, frame ruled in dry point. Written in a current secretary script; marginal notes on the content, in Latin, in a legal anglicana, s. XV/XVI; English verses on f. 11r-v in an anglicana script. Spaces reserved for 3- and 2-line initials in Littleton’s Tenures (art. 5). Contemporary foliation in the hand of the scribe, in the right margin of the recto, beginning afresh for each text: fo. iii-fo. xiii on ff. 1-10; fo. i-fo. cxxii on ff. 13-131. Extensive marginal notes, s. XVI. Bound, ca. 1840, in tan calf, blind tooled, with the Bridgewater crest on both covers; lettering in gold on the front cover; the number “58” in gold at the foot of the spine. Written in England towards the middle or the end of the fifteenth century. Miscellaneous pen trials mention the following names: of the sixteenth century: f. 6, “Robart Furth”; f. 11, “Ihesus amen In the yere of ouer lord god amen I Rychard brokysby”; f. 12, “Thys Indentur made the xxiiti day of marche in the xxii yere of the Reygn of our Souereygn lord kyng henry the viiithe betwyxt Antony Furthe of the one partie And ser Thomas ball parson of the parische churche of furthoo in the Countie of North.…” (on f. 6, “Robart Furthe”) and “To whom thys present wrytyng shall com to hyer or onderstand that thyer ys a chapyll of sente Iohn babtyst In stony stretfford In the Conte of northmton…”; f. 25v, “Gerge Flower”; f. 65v, “Sciant presentes et futuri quod ego Thomas Chapman de Broughtoun in Comitatu Northmton…”; f. 81, “Robert brokesby” (on f. 11, “Rychard brokysby”); f. 101v, “Thomas longeuyle knyght dominus Iohannes longeuyle miles Thomas longevyle miles Thomas saunders [twice] William Johnson Myles camyn Peter Dekynson Willam [sic] blunt Thomas Chapman [twice] (on f. 65v, “Thomas Chapman”); f. 118v, “Omnibus christi fidelibus ad quos hoc presentem scriptum pervenerit Thomas Hamond de Chyvalton in comitatu Westm.”; f. 130v, “Rychard Wyllyatt” and “derb. one ferme in duffeld Frith parcell of thonour of Tutbury called the kinges ferme nowe in the tenure of Thomas Bradshawe nuper Robert Bradshaw v markes, ibidem firma vocatur Bradlee lande per annum [?] iiii li., ibidem hopking mylles intra [?] fernes Bonsall myll”; f. 132v, “Thomas hamond de villa Northmpton in comitatu North.” (on f. 118v, “Thomas Hamond”); of the end of the sixteenth century: f. 1, “bullocke est nebulo”; f. 9v, “Bullock”; f. 132, “Io. Bullock”; f. 131v, “Ioannes Bullocke de Interiori Templo London me furatus est sicut ipse palam confessus est…”; f. 117v, “Mystres Anne Bulleyn”; ca. 1600: f. 2, “vyncent lowe John Gillot Arthur Gillot olyuer draycot William Robenson & Jerman Southe”; f. 94, “Iohannem yonge in comitatu derby gent.”; f. 131v, “of egerten x s. of Bampford x s. and of hym xv s. and a pistolet which pistolet I delivered hym ageyn and also xii s. besydes iiii s. for opton his matter and x s. from Mr [“Babington” cancelled] Cokey his matter”; f. 132v, “liber Iohannis Stephynson” and “Anthony Fitzherbert knyght…”; of the seventeenth century: f. 1, “M. to take Mr Grendon ii exegentes ageynst William Fletcher and [these last 2 words overscored] gentlman and Robert Dukley received [cancellation] iii s. ii d. M. to spek to Mr Lary [?] to send the book to my cosen Sney<?> byrday.” Of these persons, John Bullocke appears frequently in the Calendar of Inner Temple Records (London 1896) from 1568 to 1602; Anthony Furthe was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1526. Early Bridgewater pressmark on f. 1, “I:3/8,” of which “I:3” is in the hand of the first Earl, and the “8” in the hand of the second Earl. On a label on the pastedown the current Bridgewater pressmark “34 B 60”; also numbered “1160” in another Bridgewater system. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington with the Bridgewater Library in 1917 (see pp. 5-7). Bibliography: De Ricci, 140, where the call number is mistakenly given as 34 B 90.
Abbreviations
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
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)
IMEV
C. Brown and R. H. Robbins, Index of Middle English Verse (New York 1943) and Supplement by R. H. Robbins and J. L. Cutler (Lexington 1965)

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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