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LJS 61 - England. Sovereign (1377-1399 : Richard II) - [Register of writs]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 61 - England. Sovereign (1377-1399 : Richard II) - [Register of writs]
England. Sovereign (1377-1399 : Richard II)
[Register of writs] [manuscript].
[London, ca. 1407, 1427]
Physical description:
231 leaves : parchment ; 256 x 174 (210 x 131) mm. bound to 272 x 190 mm.
Register of writs from regnal year 13 of Richard II (1390) to regnal year 8 of Henry IV (1407). Subjects of writs include lands and manors held by various men from the King; instructions to the King's bailiffs; tenancies and inheritances; and ecclesiastical holdings and prebendaries. The register is preceded by an alphabetical index covering more than half the register (f. 1r-151v) and followed by a subject index covering the remainder of the register (f. 152v-204r). 6 writs from the reign of Mary I were added in the 16th century on blank pages before the second index (f. 204v-205v). Following the second index are three menus, written in a mix of Middle French, Middle English, and Latin, for dinners probably given at Oxford and London in 1427 and 1428. One was for the commencement of Robert Nevill, another for Robert or Richard Babthorpe, and the third for unspecified sargeants.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Parchment, 231 + i (paper); [i-xvi, 1-4], 5- 27, [i], 28-30, 30-75, 78-151, 151-214; near-contemporary foliation in ink, lower right recto. Contemporary foliation in ink in the upper center margin that starts over again (f. 152) suggests that this manuscript was originally divided into 2 volumes. Modern pagination in pencil, somewhat irregular, lower right recto. References in this record refer to the near-contemporary foliation.
Layout: Written in 37-48 long lines; vertical bounding-lines ruled in faint ink.
Script: Written in Gothic cursive script.
Decoration: Spaces left for initials at beginnings of sections (f. 1r, 97r, 152r); occasional manicules (for example, f. 9r, 126v); small drawing of crown (f. 161r).
Binding: Late 15th-century calf over wooden boards with remains of 2 metal clasps but no catches; blind-tooled.
Origin: Written in London, ca. 1407 (date of latest writ of Henry IV), with menus ca. 1427, when Robert Nevill was made Bishop of Salisbury.
Cite as:
UPenn LJS 61
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania LJS 61
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