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HISTORICAL MISCELLANY
England, s. XVImed
1. f. 1: Laudes Brytanniae, De Brytanniae Laudibus quidam sic scripsit, Illa quidem longe caelebri splendore beata/ Glebis lacte favis supereminet insula cunctis…[Walther, Initia 8687]. 2. ff. 1-72v: [Henry of Huntingdon] Habet a miridie [sic] Galliam Belgicam cuius proximum littus transmeantibus aperit civitas quae dicitur Rutupi portus…unde comparet quantae rex Stephanus audatiae et animi pericula non reformantis fuerit.
T. Arnold, ed., Henrici Archidiaconi Huntendunensis Historia Anglorum. RS 74 (London 1879) 6-279, to the year 1147, here considerably abridged and lacking the chapters “De Summitatibus” and “De miraculis” normally found in the post 1145-editions; in these 2 features (text up to 1147; omission of Books 8 and 9) similar to Glasgow, University Library, Hunterian U.6.6. (288).
3. ff. 73-87: Decreta Willelmi Bastardi et emmendationes quas posuit in Anglia, Hic intimatur quid Willelmus rex Anglorum cum principibus suis constituit post conquisitionem Angliae. In primis quidam unum deum super omnia volumus per totum regnum nostrum venerari unam fidem christi semper inviolatam custodiri…Et hoc praeceptum non sit violatum super forisfacturam meam planam. [f. 74:] Leges Eadwardi quas Willelmus postea confirmavit, Post acquisitionem Angliae Willelmus Rex iiiio anno regni sui consilio baronum suorum fecit summoneri…tamen in foro regio empto mercato suo cum testibus et cognitione vendentium.
F. Liebermann, Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen (Halle 1903) 1:489-91, 627-70.
4. ff. 87v-88v: Primus dux Normanniae Rollo qui et Robertus in baptismo dictus regnavit annis 30…Huic successit Stephanus nepos eius annis 18.
Genealogy of the Norman dukes from Rollo through Stephen, often following the texts of art. 3; see London, Brit. Lib., Roy. 13.A.XVIII.
5. ff. 89-90v: Chronica monasterii Sancti Albani, Habent chronica Sancti Albani quendam fuisse Merciorum regem Warmundum nominatum qui Warwicum civitatem condidit. Huic filium fuisse Offam primum qui usque ad annum fere trigessimum cum mutus permansisset…ac si res esset fatalis quaesitu non invenitur.
W. Wats, ed., Matthaei Paris Monachi Albanensis Angli Historia Major…duorum Offarum Merciorum Regum (London 1640; this section with separate title page dated 1639) 1-32, the lives of the 2 Offas, here considerably abridged.
6. ff. 91-104: Willegodus primus abbas Sancti Albani, Offa rex cum ecclesiam conditam monachis multis variis e regionibus ob sanctitatem electis replesset…Iohannes de Marins successit Romam profectus cum 4 monachi ubi confirmatus cum non parvam pecuniam consumpsisset reversus est anno 1302o, rexit feliciter sex annos et 3/4 bonus et prudens cum fuisset antea prior 14 annos. Mortuus est anno 1308o. [f. 104v, blank]
H. T. Riley, ed., Gesta Abbatum Monasterii Sancti Albani a Thoma Walsingham…compilata. RS 28 (London 1867) vol. 5, p. 4-vol. 6 p. 109, to the year 1308, here considerably abridged.
Paper (Fleur-de-lis, Heawood 1445, Schieland 1526-65; on ff. 73-88, Pot, somewhat similar to Briquet 12517, Puys-Notre-Dame 1589), ff. ii (modern paper) + i (contemporary paper) + 104 (+ f. 36 bis, blank, thus omitted in contemporary foliation) + ii (contemporary paper) + ii (modern paper); 208 × 160 (166 × 105) mm. Collation beginning with contemporary flyleaf: 1-94 106 11-184(through f. 72) 19-224(through f. 88) 23-264 272(contemporary flyleaves). 25-35 long lines, vertical boundaries marked by folding. Written in a rapid cursive which deteriorates in the course of writing. Frequent finding notes in the margins. Red paragraph marks; initials with the text overwritten in red. Foliated in arabic numerals by the writer. Lower margins badly damaged by damp and mold; repaired, 1982. Bound, s. XVII, in limp parchment now reinforced with paper boards; evidence of 2 fore edge ties; barely legible on the front cover, “H. Huntingdon Leges Conquestoris et Cronicarum Sancti Albani. 1565. Thomas Lambard 1634” (transcribed before binding repair); on the spine, “Manuscr. H. Huntingdon Leges Conquestoris Et Cronicarum Sancti Albani.” Written in England presumably by 1565 (date on the cover) by the antiquary Laurence Nowell, and left by him with his friend, the antiquary William Lambarde (1536-1601), when Nowell left England for the Continent in 1567; see R. M. Warnicke, “Note on a Court of Requests Case of 1571,” English Language Notes 11 (1973-74) 250-56. N. 3 in the list of Nowell-Lambarde manuscripts printed by J. Nichols, Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica (London 1780-95) 1:510-12, at the time in the possession of Multon Lambard; n. 10 in the same list is a transcript done from this manuscript by Lambarde in 1565 of the abridged Henry of Huntingdon (art. 2). For a discussion of Nowell-Lambarde books and manuscripts, see R. Flower, “Laurence Nowell and the Discovery of England in Tudor Times,” Proceedings of the British Academy 21 (1935) 47-73 (where, however, the antiquary Laurence Nowell is conflated with his cousin by the same name, who was Dean of Lichfield); to which add Los Angeles, University of California, University Research Library, MS 170/529, a commonplace book in both Nowell’s and Lambarde’s hands. Francis Edwards Cat. (November 1909) n. 184. Not in Hodgson sale catalogue of Lambarde books and manuscripts, 18 June 1924. Acquired by the Huntington Library from Maggs in July 1962.
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)
Heawood
E. Heawood, Watermarks mainly of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Monumenta chartae papyraceae historiam illustrantia 1 (Hilversum 1950)
RS
Rolls Series
Walther, Initia
H. Walther, Initia carminum ac versuum medii aevi posterioris latinorum. Carmina medii aevi posterioris latina 1 (Göttingen 1959)

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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