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MATTHEW PARIS, FLORES HISTORIARUM
England, s. XV1
1. ff. i-iii verso: [commentary] //postea facit mencionem de poeta famoso et facundo et ponit responsionem quam dedit vir historiographus qui vocatur Livius…[f. i verso, text:] De Cacuvio [sic] et eius arbore capitulo 16, Cacuvius flens arrio vicino ait…[f. i verso, commentary on this text:] Valerius ad sui propositi probacionem et consilii Ruffino dati confirmacionem adducit…[f. iii, end of text:] quo ego timeo. Sed ne orestem scripsisse videtur. Vale. [f. iii verso, end of commentary:] quod adulator dicitur blandus amicus, veritas autem amara est rugose frontis et tristis offendit correctos. Explicit Epistola Valerii ad Ruffinum de uxore non ducenda cum Exposicione eiusdem. [added in the margin, after the erasure of “quod Aleyn”:] quod frater R. Aleyn.
Commentary of John Ridevall1 on the Dissuasio Valerii ad Ruffinum philosophum ne uxorem ducat by Walter Map, lacking approx. the first ⅔. The text in M. R. James, ed. and trans., rev. by C. N. L. Brooke and R. A. B. Mynors, Walter Map, De nugis curialium, Courtiers’ Trifles. Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford 1983) 288-313. On the commentary see R. J. Dean, “Unnoticed commentaries on the Dissuasio Valerii of Walter Map,” Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies 2 (1950) 128-50; also found, for example, in Cambridge, University Library, Ff. 6.12, and in Oxford, Bod. Lib., Digby 147 and Douce 147.
2. f. iii verso: [D]ux henricus lancastrie disponsavit filiam dompni de Beaumond de qua genuit dominam Blaunch. Iohannes de Gaunte…de qua idem david genuit alium David secundum Comitem de Asselles, qui quidem David secundus genuit duas filias quarum una filia mater fuit hugonis Halsham Militis. [f. iv recto-verso, blank]
Genealogical notice concerning Sir Hugh Halsham of Coombes, Sussex (d. 1442), through David, Earl of Atholl (1309-35).
3. ff. v-vi verso: Nomina sanctorum quorum reliquie hic in Bello continentur hec sunt. In primis de ligno crucis domini qui est sanctus sanctorum, illo excepto philacterio quod de auro et gemma fulgida confectum est…[D]e sancta Lucia virgine, [D]e sancto Ignacio episcopo et martyre. [added below the text:] ths. Bryd.
List of over 150 relics at Battle Abbey; no other list recorded for the Abbey.
4. ff. 1-94: Incipiunt Cronica de adquisicione regni Anglie per Willelmum ducem Normannie et de pactis inter Willelmum ducem et haroldum, Anno gracie Molxvio Willelmus dux normannorum applicuit in angliam Cuius adventus causa fuit hec. Cum dux haroldus filius Comitis Godwini generis regis Edwardi in predio iuris sui scilicet apud Boseham perhendinaret…[f. 24v:] Hugo quoque de Mohaut factus// [ff. 25-26v:] //nocte illa quiescens post laborem dormivit…tria castella super regem francorum // [ff. 27-28v:] Iohannis desidiam fallacem…licet inviti et cum murmure assen// [ff. 29-31v:] // paulum londoniis. Eodem anno in vigilia purificationis…Interim rex Iohannes accensus furore// [f. 32r-v:] //ander de Savenesby in Cestrensem rome…qui de rege baronias tenebant in capi// [ff. 33-34:] //lanus ad restaurandum pape thesaurum…quod rapidus erat in verbo// [ff. 35-74v:] //iuvare eundem Iohannem…apud Neuyn in Snowdonia in cho// [ff. 76-77v:] //delibus et apud Berewicum…apud veterem crucem lapideam Westmonasterii consederunt// [ff. 75r-v, 78-94:] //dirent. Post hec elegerunt…Et ordinatum est per concilium regis istum cardinalem non plus debere habere quam acceperat olim Octobnus cardinalis et legatus in anglia, scilicet dimidium postulati. [f. 94v, blank]
By Matthew Paris. H. R. Luard, ed., Flores Historiarum. RS 95 in 3 volumes (London 1890), listing 20 manuscripts, HM 30319 unrecorded, although it appears to belong to a group of 5 other manuscripts descended from a manuscript of Merton Priory, now Eton Coll., 123. HM 30319 covers the period 1066-1306, but with considerable loss of text due to 28 (?) missing leaves; in Luard, 1:579-2:99, 2:110-2:118, 2:128-2:135, 2:148-2:161, 2:182-2:185, 2:195-2:202, 2:210-3:62, 3:83-3:87, 3:281-3:327. The text has been carefully collated with another manuscript, mistakes erased and corrected throughout.
5. ff. 95-105: In Civitate antiochia Rex fuit Antiochus nomine a quo et ipsa civitas nomen accepit…Casus suos ipse descripsit et duo volumina fecit. Unum in templo diane ephesiorum, aliud bibliotece sue exposuit. [scribe’s note in the lower margin:] Prave feci finem penitet me quod fixi pennam.
G. A. A. Kortekaas, ed., Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri (Groningen 1984); listed p. 20.
6. ff. 105v-106v: Lucius imperator romanus regi Arthuro inimico suo salutem quam meruit. Miramur plurimum quod tu ausus es aperire oculos tuos contra nos…Arthurus rex britannie et francie imperatori respondet per suas litteras et raciones. Dato quod ego sum rex britannie et francie…usque ad reditum suum regendam et voluit quod regnaret ut rex quia heredem non habuit de corpore suo procreatum.
Exchange of letters between the Roman emperor Lucius and King Arthur, leading to a war in which Lucius is killed, followed by an account of Mordred’s rebellion and Arthur’s death.
7. ff. 106v-107: Anno domini millesimo ducentesimo nonagesimo nono Margareta soror Regis francie philippi applicuit apud dovore in festo Nativitatis beate marie…sed corpus eius [of Edward I] fuit dilatum in angliam et sepultum apud Westmonasterium anno proximo sequenti citra festum sancti andree apostoli xviii die mensis octobris et cetera. [ff. 107v-108v, blank]
Notes on various events, 1299-1307.
Parchment, ff. ii (modern parchment) + vi (contemporary parchment, with text) + 108 (last was pastedown) + ii (modern parchment); 246 × 182 mm. Manuscript written over a period of time, each article (except 6 and 7) by a different scribe. Arts. 1-3 on a quire of 6 leaves. Art. 1, ff. i-iii verso, written space 193 × 124 mm., 54 long lines, frame ruled in crayon, written by Richard Aleyn, cellarer of Battle Abbey, 1459-63, in a littera textualis for the text and in a littera cursiva for the commentary; 2-line initials, slashed initials within the text, paragraph marks and rubrics, all in red. Art. 2, f. iii verso, on lines ruled in ink for this text, written in a littera textualis formata; space reserved for a 2-line initial, initials within the text washed in yellow or brownish-pink. Art. 3, ff. v-vi verso, written space 180 × 122 mm., 2 columns of 26 lines ruled in ink with pricking in the inner margin, written in a littera textualis formata by Thomas Bryd, cellarer of Battle Abbey, 1436-38; 2-line blue initial and 1-line initials of the saints’ names washed in color, usually in brownish-pink, but some in green or yellow on f. vi verso. Arts. 4-7, written space 160 × 125 mm. through f. 86, thereafter 175 × 125 mm. 1-38 42(ff. 25-26, center bifolium) 54(ff. 27-30, the 2 outer bifolia) 62(ff. 31-32, center bifolium) 72(ff. 33-34, center bifolium) 8-128 132(ff. 76-77, center bifolium, now misbound; should precede f. 75) 1410 158(through f. 94) 168 176. Quires signed in crayon with roman numerals in the lower margin of the first leaf recto, [1]-17; the first quire with leaf signatures in the same position. Catchword, f. 50v, in inner right corner in a noting hand. Written in 3 scripts: i, ff. 1-94 (art. 4); ii, ff. 95-105 (art. 5); iii, ff. 105v-107 (arts. 6, 7).Opening initial, f. 1, 4-line gold with light green infilling and floral spray, frame in lower and outer margin of colored segments and sparse leaves, around which a snake is entwined, reaching upwards for a parrot, in an unskilled style; similar initials on ff. 72v, 73, 95. 5- to 3-line initials, blue only up to f. 11 included, then in alternating red and blue, then red only, then red, green or blue, all with red and green flourishing in a rough idiosyncratic style; some of the flourishing incorporates figures, such as a king’s head (f. 11v), birds (f. 37v), animal heads (ff. 57v, 59v, 65v), a face (f. 91). Some sketches in crayon for flourishing on, e.g., ff. 16, 23v, 29v, 65. Red and green paragraph marks, initials in the text touched in red, nota marks in the margins often filled in colors. Rubrics frequently entered in the margins and enclosed by rope frames. Bound, s. XIXin, by Charles Smith in green morocco, gilt; gilt dentelle on the turnins; gilt edges. Written in England in the early fifteenth century; art. 1 copied by Richard Aleyn, cellarer of Battle Abbey, 1459-63, and art. 3 by Thomas Bryd, cellarer, 1436-38. Evidently bound together at least by the time it was given to Battle Abbey by John Newton, cellarer, 1457-59, and abbot, 1463-90. Inscriptions, s. XVmed, on ff. v and 108, “Liber monasterii sancti martini de bello ex dono [f. 108: domini] Iohannis Nuton Abbatis cum signo IN” followed by a leaf flourish. Newton also owned a Brut Chronicle, now University of Chicago, Joseph Regenstein Library, MS 254, which bears the same “IN” initials and leaf flourish on f. 1; inscriptions in both manuscripts in black/brown ink. Belonged to Edward Willoughby, who used 3 bifolia of this manuscript as book covers: of the bifolium ff. 25-26, on f. 26v, upside down, his signature and the date 13 September 1725; of the bifolium ff. 33-34, on f. 34v, upside down, his signature and the date 17 March 1725; of the bifolium ff. 76-77, on f. 77v, upside down, the inscription “Domus Edward Willoughby,” his signature and the date 1723/4; this last bifolium foliated (by Willoughby?) 4-5, right side up. In the upper margin of f. 1, s. XVIII (?), “Cronica Johannis Londoniensis monachi Cantuariensis ecclesie.” Acquired in 1836 from Thomas Thorpe by Sir Thomas Phillipps; Phillipps number on the small paper label on the spine, 8517. Phillipps sale, Sotheby’s, 28 November 1967, lot 109 with a plate of f. 1 to the Huntington Library.
Secundo folio: [f. 2, art. 4] sed castellum
Bibliography: Ker, MLGB, 8. Chronica, 7. For a description of the Battle Abbey papers at the Huntington Library, acquired in 1923, see Guide to British Historical Manuscripts 1-20.
Notes
1 We thank Prof. Ralph Hanna for this identification and for the reference to other manuscripts.

Abbreviations
Chronica
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9
Guide to British Historical Manuscripts
[M. L. Robertson], Guide to British Historical Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino 1982)
Ker, MLGB
N. R. Ker, Medieval Libraries of Great Britain (London, 2nd ed. 1964)
RS
Rolls Series

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.
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