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MODUS CORONATIONS and MODUS TENENDI PARLIAMENTI
England, s. XVex
1. f. iii r-v: [added, s. XVI] I N. become your Liege man of life & lymme…Then all the Nobillitie and Spiritualitie did their homage…& with a loude voice altogither cried God save Kinge Edward…and so departe some crowned in order as he set forth accordinglie.
Text of an oath of homage and description of homage given to Edward VI.
2. ff. 1-11v: Modus sive forma Regum et Reginarum Coronacionis in regno Anglie sequitur in hunc modum, Rex equitaberit. In primis Princeps noviter coronandus ante diem sue coronacionis…shall bere ayen all men that now lyve and dye soo helpe me god and holydom. Finis. 3. ff. 12-27: Hic describitur modus quomodo Parliamentum Regis Anglie anglicorum suorum tenebatur…per racionabiles summoniciones parliamentum nichilominus censetur esse plenum. Finis. [ff. 27v-32v, ruled, but blank]
Modus Tenendi Parliamentum, C version, as described by N. Pronay and J. Taylor, Parliamentary Texts of the Later Middle Ages (Oxford 1980) 213-15; see this work for editions of the A and B versions, and pp. 202-09 for a list of the manuscripts, including EL 35 B 61.
4. f. i [back flyleaf; added, s. XVI]: The proceeding to the Parliament at Westminster is: First Gent. squiers & knightes Bachelors, Then Trumpetters…Then the Q. Majestie to descend & being conducted to hir chamber to put of hir Robes & so to returne.
Account of the order of procession to parliament in the time of Elizabeth.
Parchment, ff. i (modern paper) + i (modern parchment) + i (paper, s. XVI, watermark unidentified; contains art. 1) + 32 + i (paper, s. XVI, watermark unidentified; contains art. 4) + i (modern paper); 252 × 182 (146 × 95) mm. 1-48. Evidence of a cropped signature on f. 10. 24 long lines ruled in pale red ink with the top and bottom 2 lines full across; round pricking in the 3 outer margins. Written in a bastard secretary script; arts. 1 and 4 in 2 sixteenth century secretary scripts. Some calligraphic ascenders. Opening initials on ff. 1 and 12, respectively of 8 and 6 lines in highlighted pink and blue on gold grounds infilled with leaves and vine, with full bar and foliage borders of considerable width in the same colors; blank spaces reserved in the lower margins for an eventual owner’s shield. 1-line initials alternating blue with red flourishing or gold with black; paragraph marks in the same alternating colors and flourishes set off the rubrics; jigsaw line fillers in blue and gold. Lower margin of f. 32 cut away. Bound, ca. 1840, in red morocco, gold tooled with the Bridgewater crest stamped in gold on both covers. Written in England at the end of the fifteenth century, probably on speculation given the space left on ff. 1 and 12 for a coat of arms; the C version was probably compiled for lay use and it alone of the 3 versions is found in the possession of non-professional owners. On f. ii, the pressmark “A:5.” in the hand of John Egerton (1579-1649), 1st Earl of Bridgewater, corrected to “A:5./7.” by the second Earl (1622-86). The current Bridgewater pressmark and the bookplate of that Library on the front pastedown. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington with the Bridgewater Library in 1917 (see pp. 5-7).
Secundo folio: Regine eos
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)

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.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
Electronic version encoded by Sharon K, Goetz, 2003.
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