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DUL MS Cosin V.V.9 Miscellanea (Lat., Eng. & Fr.) s. xii-xv

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Owing to inconsistencies with the source software, accented characters appear in varying compound forms. This has not yet been rationalized.

AJP 22/11/92 AID 3/8/92

Originally at least twelve separate sections, probably brought together by George Davenport, who numbered the main items and gave titles for nos 3 and 6-10 on f. 2v.

[1] + 2 + 150 + [1]; foliated in ink, s. xviii/xix, 1-150, with 14 and 88 repeated. Membrane (see Collation for thicknesses, etc.), or, ff. 110, 112-119 and 121, octavo paper, s. xv (watermarks not sufficiently distinct to identify); 138 x 100 mm., some natural edges in (D and H), original uneven holes in ff. 18-20 and 144, all portions worn or faded, stained and cropped, parts of ff. 14* and 21 torn away. Endleaves membrane, s. xix med.; f. 2 octavo paper, s. xvii. WHAT ABOUT f. 1.

Collation of ff. 3-150: (A: ff. 3-14, 0.125 mm.) 112; (B: ff. 14*-21, 0.175 mm., hair-side outermost) 28; (C: ff. 22-27, 0.110 mm.) 36; (D: ff. 28-33, 0.120 mm.) 46; (E: ff. 34-39, 0.110 mm., flesh-side outermost) 512? wants ?4-9 after f. 36; (F: ff. 40-55, 0.122 mm., hair-side outermost) 610 with 2+9 misbound in quire 7 (as ff. 50 and 55), 78 wants ?7-8 after f. 54, + one bifolium from quire 6 now intruded after ff. 49 and 54; (G: f. 56) 82 (strip only of 2 after f. 56); (H: ff. 57-100, 0.117 mm.) 9-1014, 1118 (fragment only of 18 after f. 100); (I: ff. 101-108, 0.157 mm.) 128; (J: ff. 109-122) 1312 + one bifolium (ff. 110 + 121) from another quire or codex; (K: ff. 123-134, 0.110 mm.) 1412; (L: ff. 135-150, 0.157 mm.) 1516.

The first quire of (F) is numbered in soft brown in the lower margin of the last verso (f. 47v), viii, i.e. when it was in another codex.

Ruling and writing; decoration and illustration

A: No pricking or ruling visible, written space approx. 125 x 90 mm., 23-24 long lines; written in anglicana of a documentary type, proficiently, s. xiv med. No decoration.

B: No pricking or ruling visible, written space approx. 112 x 80 mm., 29 long lines; written in a small proto-gothic bookhand, unevenly, s. xii/xiii. Enlarged scribal capitals in ink, set out in margin, to sections on ff. 15-16.

C: A few pricks and traces of outer frame-line visible, written space 102-110 x 72-75 mm., 28-31 long lines; written in a small northern European bookhand of academic type, a little unevenly, s. xiii med. Decoration executed only on f. 22r: red paraphs; rubric to chapter-list; initials in red, (i) in chapter-list, 1-line, (ii) to chapters, 2-line, not executed, (iii) to first chapter, 3-line.

D: Slit-pricking, some frame and line-ruling in ink or sharp brown visible, written space 97-103 x 74 mm., 21 long lines; written in a small textura of liturgical type, expertly, s. xiv/xv. Decoration executed only ff. 28-31: ink initial to each line lined with red; initials to section, 2-line, red.

E: Frame-ruling only, in ink, written space 100-102 x 70-72 mm., 27-29 long lines; written in a small anglicana, proficiently, s. xv1. Decoration not executed: 2-line spaces for initials to stories.

F: ruling in brown, written space 102-114 x 90 (43.5.42) mm., 2 cols, 27-30 lines, written in a small bookhand of academic type, rather unevenly, by two hands, one (ff. 40-41 and 50r-v) more cramped and using blacker ink, AID: s. xiii med. AJP: s. xiii/xiv. Paraphs filled with red; simple line-fillers in red; headings, etc. underlined in red.

G: No pricking or ruling visible, written space 123 x 98 mm., 33 long lines, written in a minute documentary cursive, proficiently, s. xiii/xiv?. No decoration.

H: Corner pricks, no ruling visible, written space 128-135+ x 70-75 mm., 27-29 long lines, written in a current anglicana, fluently, s. xiv1. Circular diagrams in scribal ink, with legends by the same hand, ff. 71v, 81 (cropped), 84v, 85 (cropped), 88* (cropped), 89 (cropped), 90, 91 (cropped), 91v, 96v (cropped), 99v, 100, 100v. Capital filled with red, f. 57; paraphs in red, ff. 57-60, etc.; initials in red (i) to sections, 3-line, (ii) f. 57, 4-line, with a little crude infilling etc.

I: Corner pricks, no ruling visible, written space appreox. 105-125 x 80-90 mm., 29-33 long lines, written in a current cursiva, fluently, or, for verses, fere-textura, awkwardly, s. xiv1. Circular diagrams in red and scribal ink, f. 108r-v. Capitals in table, f. 106v, filled with red; paraphs in red; each line of verse lined through in red; simple line-fillers and braces in red; initial in red, 3-line, with some crude patterning, etc., f. 101.

J: ff. 109r-v, 111r-v, 120v lines 1-5: no pricking or ruling visible, written space 118 x 85 mm., 29 long lines, written in a small current anglicana with single compartment a, fluently, s. xiv/xv (`qwen', `qwat'). Circular diagram in scribal ink, cropped, f. 111. Headings underlined in red, paraphs in red, rubrics, f. 109r-v.

f. 110r-v: corner pricks, no ruling visible, written space 119 x 75 mm., 24-25 long lines, written in a current anglicana with both forms of a and secretary g, proficiently, s. xv med.

ff. 112-118v, 119v: no pricking or ruling visible, written space 120-130 x 90 mm. approx., 21-26 long lines, written in a current anglicana, untidily in places, or, for headings, in bastard anglicana, s. xv med. Headings underlined in red.

f. 121r-v: no pricking or ruling visible on recto, written space 90 x 85 mm., 19 long lines, written in a current anglicana with both forms of a, fluently, s. xv med. Square table in scribal ink, f. 121v.

f. 122r-v: no pricking or ruling visible, written space originally more than the present page-size, 27 long lines, written in a squat anglicana of documentary type with single compartment a, rather untidily, s. xv med.

K: no pricking visible, ruling in brown visible on some leaves, written space 110-115 x 80 mm., 27-28 long lines, written in bookhand but with d and b sometimes looped and final s cursive, proficiently, s. xiii/xiv. Rubrics; virgules and paraphs in red; initials, 2-line, red.

L: no pricking or ruling visible, written space 128+ x 100+ mm., 24-26 long lines, written in a documentary anglicana, expertly, s. xiv2. No decoration executed; spaces for initials (i) to items 30(a-d), 2-line, (ii) to item 30(e), 4-line.


A England, s. xiv med.

1 ff. 3-14v Homo est animal rationale ... ... colore||

A treatise on human reproduction, partly as T&K, col. 635: Cambridge Trinity Coll. O.2.5 (1109) ff. 75-85v, Tractatus maior de secretis mulierum, a dialogue between D[iscipulus] and P[hilosophus]; Paris, BN, MS lat. 14809 ff. 298v-312v, Disputatio de generatione humana. This copy ends imperfectly, apparently in the section De forma capitis. The first and last surviving pages are so faded, soiled and worn as to be largely illegible.

B England, s. xii/xiii

2 f. 14*r-v Omnia <...> pomo <...> ... in actiua et contemplatiua uita terminat ewangelium.

A sermon (?), possibly on Cant. 7:13 'Omnia poma nova et vetera'. Defective: the top outer third of the leaf torn off.

3 ff. 14*v-16 Sacerdos ei aumentum oneris imponat: ne sicut equs sine freno erret ... ... ut summus pontifex pastorque eternus uos omnes custodiat & ad uitam perducat eternam qui cum patre et s. s.

A treatise, or part of one, on priesthood and sin.

4 ff. 16-19v Si quis homicidium fecerit sponte .vii. annos peniteat. Si quis innoxium .x. a. p. ... ... Eodem de mendatione et uerbis uanis.

An unidentified penitential. The text begins quite close to Ivo of Chartres, Decretum xv,187 (PL 161, 897); IS THIS PASSAGE based on the penitential of Fulbert of Chartres incorporated in Ivo's Decretum. On f. 17v line 5 mentions `in noctem s. iohannis bapt. aliquam sortilegam' and on f. 18 lines 3-4 perjury `iuxta romanam penitenciam', i.e. Halitgar, c. 830, cf. trans. J. T. McNeill & H. M. Gamer, Medieval Handbooks of Penance, (New York, 1938 and 1990), p. 304 cap. 25.

5 f. 19v Quot modis relaxantur peccata. vii: quibus. primum per baptismum ... illic quod penam omnium sustinebit.

6 ff. 19v-21v Dispone domui tue quia morieris et non uiues. [Is. 28:1] Familiaris fuit hec admonicio. et semel facta per ipsum ... ... que non eget exteriorum bonorum admiculo. In qua egrediamus ad uitam te ducente domine n i x qui c p & s s u & r p o s s amen.

Peter Comestor, Sermo in hebdomada penosa: Schneyer iv, 638, no. 35 (T24); this copy diverges substantially from PL 198, 1764-68. Parts of f. 21 torn away, with loss of text.

7 f. 21v Erat quedam mulier magna ad magna frequenter (?) ||

The beginning of a moral or miracle story (?), lacking all but the first line through loss of following leaves.

C N. Europe, s. xiii med.

8 ff. 22-27v Incipit ortus deliciarum. Tituli. O<rtus conclusus ...> claue seratus. i ... [12 partly illegible lines, each with following roman nos, i-xii] xii Rotansque iocosus. Ortus <conclusus> soror mea sponsa [Cant. 4:12] ... ... Ista nubes id est christi caro fuit in natiuitate candida per peccati immunitatem et omnimodam puritatem vnde apo xiiij vidi et ecce nubem [last three words are catchwords] ||

An unidentified Mariological tract; it cites Remigius, beatus Anselmus, and Ekebertus abbas [of Schönau from 1166, d. 1184] ad Mariam. First page worn, faded and stained; ends missing.

D England?, s. xiv/xv

9 ff. 28-33v Ex nichilo non ex aliquo omnia fecit | Non tamen effigerat cuncta creata simul | ... ... quia lex noua monstrat | Ut sapienter agens forcia queque gera ||

Verses on the seven days of creation and the ages of man. Beginning and end missing. IS IT Petrus Riga, Aurora ?

E England, s. xv1

10 ff. 34-39v dolfinus in ciuitate romana regnauit qui tantum vnicam filiam ... ... Quod videns imperator ait ei <...> ||

Portion of Gesta Romanorum, in the Anglo-Latin version: [xlviii] Dolfinus, end missing; [lii XXXX], beginning missing; [liii] Gorgonius; [liv] Onias; [lv] Clipodius (here 'alypodyus'), end missing. In comparison with the Middle English versions, ed. F. Madden (1838), S. J. H. Herrtage, EETS ES 33 (1879), 206-16, 231-37, six leaves must be lost, with the end of cap. xlviii to the early part of lii, between ff. 36 and 37; there seems to be a gap of a word or two in CHECK xlviii (Dolfinus) after f. 37, despite its last word (ex-) being incomplete.

CHECK: Weiske, B. AN EDN??

F England, s. xiii med.

AJP s. xiii/xiv

11 ff. 40-49vb (incl. 50 + 55) Incipiunt Flores Legum. Iniuriam namque facit iudicio reuerentissime synodi ... ... condangnatus est e. t. et e. l. ¶ condamnatum.

A summary of civil law principles, defective at the end and possibly internally; according to Dr G. Dolezalek Bamberg Staatsbibliothek Can. 94 ff. 82ra-86vb contains all or some of the sections indicated below. Misbound: if the sub-headings quoted below are correct, f. 50 should follow f. 40 and f. 55 precede f. 47, and this would normalise the sequence of flesh and hair sides; the quiring of ff. 48-49 (71-2) is uncertain.

f. 43va Expliciunt flores codicis iustiniani sanctissimi principis. Incipiunt flores trium librorum codicis.

f. 44va Incipiunt flores disgestorum de iusticia et iure.

f. 55va Expliciunt flores .F. ueteris. Incipiunt inforciat.

f. 47vb Expliciunt flores inforciati. Incipiunt flores trium parcium.

f. 48ra Expliciunt flores trium parcium. Incipiunt flores institutionum.

f. 48va Expliciunt flo. insti. Incipiunt flores autenticorum.

f. 49va Expliciunt flo. auten. Incipi. flo. F. noui.

12 ff. 51-54vb Emancipatio est de manu emissio proprie cum pater filium quem in potestate habuit ... ... xiii annorum in sexu uirili. uel xii in femineo.

A vocabulary of terms of Roman law, arranged possibly in relation to some of the texts. Cf. indexes to the Corpus ?

G S. France?, s. xiii/xiv?

13 f. 56r-v Contra formam generalem procuratorii sic possumus allegare procuratorium tale est Notum facimus A ... ... Ad sextum dicendum est quod quamuis non <...> ||

A tract on legal procedure in relation to general proxies, defective at the end by the loss of at least one leaf, of which the surviving strip has writing in the same hand on the recto but none visible on the verso. For a comparable tract see Paris BN MS lat. 4489 ff. 100ra-101va, Forma opponendi contra procuratoria secundum symonem (Italy, s. xiii/xiv).

H England, s. xiv1

14 ff. 57-100v Queris dux venerande Normannorum et comes andegauensium cur magistris nostri temporis ... ... ad interrogata respondeat. (f. 59) Quando officium interrogandi mihi est iniunctum quero cum de substantia te tractaturum promittas ... ... concludere ipsum terra maiorem <... ...> ||

William of Conches, Dragmaticon, a dialogue between Dux and Philosophus, with 13 circular diagrams, preceded by a prologue addressed to Geoffrey Plantagenet, c. 1144-50, printed Strasbourg 1567; here defective at the end, breaking off at a point corresponding in the two versions of William's earlier Philosophia (wrongly attributed PL 90, 1127-1178 and PL 172, 39-102) to PL 90, 1156 or PL 172, 74, with further text visible on the remaining fragments of a leaf torn away after folio 100. Thorndike, History, ii, 50-65, and Speculum 20 (1945), 84-87, list manuscripts but not this copy.

I N. Europe, s. xiv1

15 ff. 101-108 P[er veterum sagacitatem] qui mira suptilitate planetarum cursus ... Ter quinos domini quosiens potes aufer ab anno| ... ... (f. 108) Sequitur de versibus ad cogno[s]cendum dies ... Prima dies mensis ... Septimus ex anguis virosus denus et anguis| december.

Computistical verses, Walther, Versanfänge, 19208 (John of Garland attrib., Compotus metricus), with prose prologue and commentary, T&K 1033 (John of Garland, Alium compotum metricum: Erfurt Amplonian Q.346, Vienna 5239) and also Cambridge Gonville & Caius Coll. 385/605 ff. 80-82 and Bodl. Auct.F.29 ff. 99-105. In the mnemonic calendarial verses (f. 103r-v), Walther, Versanfänge, 2805, the English saints Cutbertus, Botulfus and Edmundus occur. The verses at the end (f. 108), Walther, Versanfänge, 14563, are found, one line per month, in the calendars of the Sarum Missal and Breviary as printed.

The lower half of f. 108 has a semicircular diagram of the spheres; the upper half of f. 108v a rota with the names of the heavenly signs and months.

16 f. 108v Queritur an anima possit tristari ... quamuis non faciat maius secundum quantitatem tamen fac[iat?] maius secundum materiam.

On properties of the soul.

J England, s.xiv/xv - xv med.

Items 18 and 27 are on a bifolium intruded into this section.

17 f. 109r-v (a) For to make uernale. Take ambrose. camomylle. betoyn. sauge ... & do hyt in boxis. (b) For a man at hapb no talent to mete. Take cc & see hyt welle in stale ale & qwen hyt ys wel ... tyl he be hole. (c) For to make tee wyth at arn blac. Take flowre of rye ... do away al e fyle. ... ...

Medical recipes (5), the last imperfect; rubrics, f. 109v only, rubbed. The same hand copied other English pieces: items 19-20 and 26(a).

18 f. 110r-v ||In vadium ponens inpingnero pignere libros| ... ... Per quotus hoc nomen numerus signatur et ordo||

Fragment of John of Garland, Aequivoca (Walther, Versanfänge, 1767 'Augustus -ti -to'): the last 46 lines of words with initial P and the first three of those with initial Q, as in Cambridge Trinity Coll. MS O.5.4 (1285), f. 30r-v. This leaf is half of a stray bifolium, see item 27 below.

19 f. 111r-v 3yf ou wylt wet weer a man schall leue oer dey. qwan he takith hys sekenesse. by us serkelle ... ... & 3yf hyt be vppon .mors. he schal [d]ye & ys ha be preuyd so.

A prognostication by names, also in Cambridge St John's Coll. MS E.2 f. 38v, and Jeremy Norman & Co. Cat. 8 no. 10, with facsimile p. 47. The spellings here have an East Anglian flavour. The diagram occupying most of f. 111 consists of three concentric rings, the outer with + A-Z, the middle with a random sequence of numbers between 3 and 27 (some repeated) under the letters of the outer ring; the innermost ring is blank. The central circle is divided into quadrants, the two upper each labelled `Vita' and the two lower `Mors', with three columns down the middle with days of the week and, divided between Vita and Mors, numbers from 1 to 30 (days of the month ?); in the corners outside the rings the names of the four evangelists, those on the fore-edge [Mattheus] and Jo[hannes] cropped, like the text.

20 f. 111v To make powdere for e pestelens. Take schabyose. <p>hylyppendula. pympernelle ... e maner of a resettur.

A medical recipe.

21 ff. 112-114 god and howre lady spedeus| (a) For e beyttyng of a wode hound. Take e sed of box & tempyt wyt watur ... (b) For e quyncy. Take e sed of columbyne ... (c) Ho so haue lost ys speche. Take e jus of sawge ... ... ix days & ix neytys & ou schalt anoytement for anake.

Medical recipes (37) in one hand; some marginal headings cropped.

22 f. 114 A drynke for e pestelens. Tak goldys & pympernol ...

A medical recipe, in a different hand (?) from item 21.

23 ff. 114-118v (a) If a woman be bareyne orowe fawt of here husbon[d] or oroght here owne ... Take ij potys ... (b) These ben the herbys that a man schalle hele alle maner woundys with/ be the techyng of mayster Jordan phisician. Herbe Robert; Egrimonie; Launcely ... whan thow art woundyd et sanabit te certissime probatum est sine dubio ego probaui sine dubio (c) Aqua mirabilis contra omnes infirmitates| Infra et extra probatissima ego probaui.| Ta fylyngis of syluer or of gold or of brasse ... and makyth hym fayre colowryd versissime [sic] probatum est ... ...

Medical recipes (27), with a different pen and ink from item 21. (b) Master Jordan is probably Jourdain de Turre, c. 1313-35: Wickersheimer, ii, 513-4, and iii, 195. The title, Flos vnguentorum, and incipit of the fifth piece, ff. 115v-116, tally with the Latin of Singer & Anderson 1068, attributed to Petrus Hispanus (Pope John XXI), and here it has a long preliminary commendation, ending 'Thys was wrytyn and cast in to the reclus at e red hylle in Almayne the weche rechus [sic] wrowht many merueyllis Afterward And he vsyd neuer othyr but thys alone'; for the German of Red Hill, see perhaps somewhere called Rotenberg.

24 f. 118v-119 (a) For a mannys 3erde at ys sore ... Tak daisies & stampe hem ... (b) For e steche ... Take e gresse of aswanne ... (c) For the desese vnder e syde. Take maluys iij handeful fenel ...

Medical recipes (4), by various pens and inks.

25 f. 119v (a) < > pro[p]ter [sic] pulices < > Sy uys [? si vis] vt omnes pulices congregentur ad vnum locum pone sanguine hyrcy ... (b) Contra fluxum sanguinis narium siue plage. Scribe has litteras in percameno ... (c) For the dropsy in e wombe ... Take a penywyte of scamonye ...

(a-b) Charms and (c) a medical recipe, by one hand; (c) has `xal' (shall), symptomatic of northern East Anglia.

26 f. 120v (a) For to make salue. Take a qwantyte of wex & e doble of rosyn ... (b) <...> scribe istud verbum in pomo setragramaton <...> accipe sanguinem vespertiliosus et vnge oculos uos & statim videbis (c) Si [vi]s facere homines mulieres tripidare scribas nomina in cera virginia + opos + nopos ... (d) Si aliquis furauerit aliquit de te scribe nomen illius in cera virginia ... (e) Loqutus est dominus ad achas ... non tentabo dominum et ideo malum cecidit super ipsum.

(a) A medical recipe, by the same hand as items 17 and 19-20.

(b-d) Charms (3), by another hand; (b-c) obscured by rust-like stains.

(e) Isaiah 7:10-12, adapted; by a different hand.

27 (a) f. 121 ||vel stenis laertes herodes heotes hermis mascula similiter declineta dares non solum est terce declinacionis & triplicatis genitiuum faciendo ... ... Dat moyses moysi moysen sunt cetera terne| Explicit Declinaciones Grecorum Quod Johannes salysbery de soham juxta Ely.

(b) f. 121v table of terminations of declensions (Phebe, Melos, Memphis, Genesis, Jhesus, Moyses, Herodes, Heotes), with a concluding note: dares et cremes sunt solum terce declinacionis.

In the same hand (?) as item 18, on f. 110, which is conjoint with f. 121; the two are apparently a stray bifolium from a codex containing complete or fuller texts of both. The association of medical and grammatical pieces is common.

(a) Portion of a grammatical treatise. Soham is 5 miles from Ely, but was in the diocese of Norwich until 1837.

28 (a) f. 122 For to make an oyniement jcleped popylioun. Thake e buddes of e popl<ar> ... ...

(b) f. 122v For to make grene entret. Take e jus of wormode of walwort smalache ... ... & hit woll do awey fleschen.

Two medical recipes by one hand, the end of (a) cropped away.

K N. Europe, s. xiii/xiv

29 ff. 123-134v Incipit prologus super legendas sanctorum. Vniuersum tempus presentis vite in iiii distinguitur ... (123v) ... ab octaua pentecostes usque ad aduentum. Incipit de aduentu domini. Aduentus domini per iiii septimanas agitur ... ... abstulisset & ob hoc grauissimis ||

Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda Aurea, ed. J. G. T. Graesse (Dresden, 1846), pp. 1-21/up2; defective, breaking off in the life of St Andrew.

L England, s. xiv2

Pages stained; outer and lower edges cropped with loss of letters.


(a) ff. 135r-v [S]ciant presentes et Futuri quod ego Johannes de Vescy filius & heres Willelmi de Vescy dedi ... Thome de Stayngreue Abbati de Rufforde et ecclesie sue ... octo bouatas terre in villa de Roder<ham> ... ... Hiis testibus dominis Antoneo Bek Archidiacono Dunelmensi ... et multis aliis.

(b) ff. 136-137 [E]dwardus dei gratia Rex Anglie ... Inspeximus carta[m] quam dilectus et fidelis noster Johannes de Vescy ... ... Datum per manum nostram apud Rothelanum Nono die Feb<ruarii> Anno regni nostri vndecimo.

(c) f. 137r-v [O]mnibus christi fidelibus presens scriptum visuris vel audituris Petrus de malo lacu salutem ... hijs testibus domino Roberto Burnell Episcopo Batoniensi et Wellensi domini Regis Cancellario. Domino Henrico de Lascy Comite Lincolniensi Domino Johanne de Vescy. Domino Roberto Tybtopht. Domino Johanne bek. Domino Antonio bek & alijs.

(d) ff. 137v-138 [H]ec est finalis concordia facta in Curia domini Regis apud Westmonasterium a die Pasche in quindecim dies anno regni Regis Edwardi filii Regis Henrici duodecimo ... inter Thomam Abbatem de Rufford querentem per fratrem Rogerum le Vauasur monachum suum ... et Johannem de vescy impedientem per Michaelem le scot ... de manerio de Roderham cum pertinencijs et cum aduocacione medietatis ecclesie ... ... ex assensu et voluntate domini Regis & eam concedentis.

(e) ff. 138v-146v pro ecclesia de Roderham sub sigillo Commissarij Curie Eboracensis. [V]niuersis sancte matris ecclesie filijs ad quos presentes littere peruenerint reuerendi viri domini officialis Curie Eboracensis Commissarius generalis salutem ... ... (f. 146) ... Data et acta in ecclesia c<athe>drali Eboracensi in loco Consistorij ... in fidem premissorum.

Copies of documents concerning possessions of the Cistercian abbey of Rufford (Notts.). This transcript may have been kept at York rather than Rufford in view of the additions in item 33. Cf.7 VCH WHICH ii, 102-3; G. R. C. Davis, Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain, (London, 1958), pp. 126-7 (wrongly said to belong to Durham Cathedral).

(a) Grant to Rufford abbey of land in the vill of Rotherham, the whole demesne, the advowson of half the church, several homages and services, and the lordship of half the market and fair; Bek was archdeacon of Durham 1275-83. The top outside corner of f. 135 left blank, presumably for an unexecuted introductory rubric.

(b) Royal inspeximus confirming (a), 9 February 1283.

(c) Grant by Peter de Mauley to Rufford of all the liberties, lands and tenements of his fee in Rotherham which he had by the gift of John de Vescy, with the advowson of half the church; Burnell was bishop of Bath and Wells 1275-92 and Chancellor 1274-92; as Bek is not placed or styled as bishop of Durham it is presumably before 1284.

(d) Final concord between the abbot of Rufford and John de Vescy, April 1284. The lower half of f. 138 blank.

(e) Publication, at the request of Rufford's proctor, Henry de Haxiholm, of a royal licence for appropriation of the church of Rotherham 6 Oct. 5 Edw.[III? 1331], of letters about it by William [de la Zouche] archbishop of York 7 April [13]49 and by the chapter of York Minster 22 April 1349, and of the abbey's appointment of proctors, [13 July 1360, with notarial certifications by John de Lund and Hugh de Fleteham]

31 f. 147 Ey tu cook de graund valour Jolyue oysel fort combatour ... valatil dubbe serrez Chiualer.

Mock-heroic (?) assonantal verse, written as prose.


(a) f. 147 Trescher & graund amy bien sauez coment ja nostre accompt vous me deuastes xl s. dargent et puis cel<a ?> vous enuoia par Thomas de Newerk vostre vadlet ... come ieo maffie de vous trescher amy adieu soiez.

(b) f. 147v <T>rescher & treshonoure seygnour & vncle ieo me recomaunk a <v>ous ... en lipuissaunt & les angeles a deiz.

Copies of two letters, by a different hand from item 31;

(a) concerns payment for purchases of velvet, canvas, linen, with prices per ell;

(b) leads from courtesies to a request for a loan of an unspecified sum of money.

33 f. 148 jon barton mayster mayson of ye mynster iiijd ... & iij ob & to ye clark

Sums (mostly 4d each) owed to 40 men, also including Robert Coper `mayster mayson of ye towne' and Richard Throkylby `mayster masun of ye haby' (St Mary's Abbey), probably for work on York Guildhall, c. 1447-50: cf. A. Raine, Medieval York (1955), pp.136-7; J. Harvey, English Mediaeval Architects (1954), pp. 26, 75-6.

34 f. 148v <Pa>teat vniuersis per presentes quod ego Rogerus de Taito (?) ... obligatus sum Ricardo de Neuton in <...>nti libris sterlingorum ex causa mutui ... Datum apud Katt' <die> martis proxima post festum sancti Mathei Anno regni <re>gis Ricardi secundi post conquestum Anglie Nono.

Bond, dated Catterick (?), 22 Sept. 1385.

35 f. 149 T<rescher?> ... & Mestre <...> sauoir que <...> ... en hast a loundres le xxj iour de feuerer.

Copy of a letter from London to a married man; most of the first three lines rubbed away.


Besides a few corrections to the main items and some of items above probably added on blank endleaves:

f. 103 `domine dominus noster quam admirabile est nomen', Ps. 8:2,10, pen-trial (s. xiii/xiv); f. 108 arabic numerals 1-10; f. 108v `Dominus dominus noster quam' in red, twice (s. xiv); f. 121v `Ego nolo' repeated (s. xv), Latin grammatical verses, `Extopo',`quod iohannes', `Portant sepe sarsinas scapile gemelle', etc., by the hand of item 25 ?; f. 137v minuscule alphabet with letters repeated (s. xv); f. 148 minuscule alphabet with each letter separated by three minims; f. 148v minuscule alphabet; f. 149 `Qui bene wlt fari bene debet' repeated, and letters; f. 150, single letters and groups and names (Adam, Bernardus, Clemens, Dionysius, Fenix, Galfridus, Lucas, Matheus, Thome, Welous) (s. xv in.); f. 55v `A lyinge tunge dothe bred muche evell & crafte dothe', s. xvi in/med.; f. 120 phrases in English and Latin, s. xvi med/ex.

Written partly in England, partly in Europe, see details given for each section. Item 30 most probably at Rufford (Notts.); section J in northern East Anglia or thereabouts, see the linguistic features of items 19 and 25(c), and the scribe signing item (27), John Salysbery of Soham.

`Iste liber constat fratri Johanni artowre', also `Fuit homo missus a deo cui nomen erat Johannes Artowre', s. xv, f. 122v, the last leaf of section J.

Contents-list by George Davenport, f. 2v; in his catalogue ; ex libris in the hand of T. Rud, f. 1, also additions to contents-list, f. 2v.

Binding: Morocco, s. xix med. with one bronze clasp, by Tucket, London, (cf. binding of Cosin Shakespeare First Folio); spine-title `Hortvs Delitiarvm etc.'.