RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Alt Ref NoMS 179
Extentii, 319 ff.
TitleHENRY OF HUNTINGDON ETC. STATUTA ANGLIAE. LIFE OF MORE. LIFE OF WOLSEY.
DateEarly 13th century-17th century
DescriptionFour separate manuscripts (numbered here I-IV) were bound together in this volume for Archbishop William Sancroft (1617-1693).

At f. ii recto is a list of contents, written c. 1600, recording the contents of I. To this list Sancroft added the contents of II-IV..

I. (ff. 1-98). Containing four works , as follows:

1. (ff. i-ii, 1-86). Henry of Huntingdon (c.1088-c.1157), Archdeacon of Huntingdon, 'Historia Anglorum'. Early 13th century.
For editions of this work , see
Thomas Arnold ed, 'The history of the English by Henry Archdeacon of Huntingdon' (London, 1879), the Rolls Series edition.
Diana Greenway, ed. and trans. 'Henry , Archdeacon of Huntingdon, Historia Anglorum, The history of the English people' (Oxford, 1996), with a discussion of this manuscript at p. cxxxv.
f. i, ii blank, except for the list of contents recorded above.
f. 1r. Preface. Begins: 'Incipit prologus historie anglorum contexte ab henrico archidiacono ad alexandrum lincoln(i)ensem ep. anno ab incarn. d. n. I. C. m°. c°. xl°. v°. Cum in omni fere .. '. It is the 'second edition' ending in the 12th year of Stephen.
f. 1v. Ends: '... lux gloria mundi. Explicit prologus ad alexandrum lincolniensem episcopum directus. Incipiumt libri primi capitula sed non ab henrico facta'.
f. 2v. Text. Begins: 'Britannia igitur est insula a bruto dicta...'
Marginalia of 13th and 15th century: one on f. 12r is a short quotation from Gildas 'Propter auariciam - patriam perdidere' etc.
On f. 15r Geoffrey of Monmouth is quoted.
f. 13. Liber II. (no rubric)
f. 16r. William of Malmesbury is quoted.
f. 21r. Liber III. (capitula: text 22v)
f. 33v. Liber IV.
f. 40r. Marginalia of some interest: 'In cronicis glouc' inuenitur ... A.d. incarn. dcc. lxxx. ix. S. Alfwoldus rex nordumbrorum iniuste perimitur. Cui successit osredus' etc. Also: 'Sic in cronicis Gloucestrie reperimus. S. Alcmundus filius fuit Alhredi regis norðam humbrorum . Ita enim ibi legitur de regibus norðam humbris Anno incarn. dom. dcc. lvii ædbertus rex norðanh. monachus efficitur' etc.
f. 42r. Liber V.
f. 51r. Liber VI.
f. 61v. Liber VII. Ends (f. 75r) 'iocunditate spiraculi (spirituali)'.
f. 75r. Liber VIII. 'De summitatibus rerum'. Ends (f. 79v) '...grata quies. Explicit liber de summitatibus rerum'.
(The Epistle to Walterus only, printed in Rolls series edition, p. 297)
f. 79v. 'Incipiunt decreta Willelmi regis qui angliam conquisiuit. legum mutationes et emendationes quas in anglia posuit (Liebermann, Gesetze, I. 486). Begins: 'Hic intimatur...'. Ends: '... meam plenam'.
f. 79v. (Leges Edwardi) Capitula xxxv. Text begins: 'Post adquisicionem anglie...'. Ends (f. 85v) '...cognitione uendentium' (Liebermann, pp. 670, 627).
f. 85v. 'Descriptio genealogie ducum normannorum a rollone primo duce et qua auctoritate s. edwardus Willelmum constituit heredem.
Primus normannorum dux ...' (Liebermann, Über Edw. Conf., p.134). Ends (f. 86r) 'stephanus nepos eius annis XIX'.
f. 86r. 'Hic est annus qui comprehendit scriptorem'. Ends (f. 87r.) '... defluit et nichil habes'. This is the Epilogue, mentioned in the Rolls Series edition, p. xl and note. The book de miraculis anglie and the Epigrams are omitted. The MS. was used for the Epilogue by Henry Wharton, 'Anglia Sacra', II. 694. It is probably a descendant of MS. 118, which see.

2. (ff. 87-94) William of Malmesbury (c.1090-c.1142), 'de gestis Pontificum historia abbreviata', in a somewhat smaller hand. Early 13th century.
Begins: 'De cantuariensibus archiepiscopis. Prima sedes episcoporum...'. Ends (f. 94r) '...ad archiepiscopum eboracensem spectare dicuntur'.
Abbreviation of the second recension: Rolls Series edition, p. xxv.
f. 94v. Lists of Bishops. Archbishops of Canterbury to the time of Hubert Walter. Bishops of Rochester to Arnulf. Bishops of Norwich to Herbert. Bishops of Elmham to Wermund. Bishops of London to Ricardus (I). Bishops of Winchester to Walchelinus.

3. (f. 95r-96v). Chronology. Early 13th century.
Begins: '(L)ineam quandam de temporum cursu...'
From Adam to the emperor Mychael pius
Ends (f. 96v): Usque ad hunc imp. ... cronica protenduntur yuonis carnotensis ep. que plurimo mihi fuere adiumento ut hanc lineam facerem. Explicit Linea'.

4. (ff. 96v-98v). On Biblical Commentators. From Cassiodorus, Institutes. Early 13th century.
Begins: 'Cassiodorus.In octoteuco eloquentissime nimis omelie sunt origenis ...'
f. 97. Much of this leaf is cut away.
Ends incomplete (f. 97r): 'Apocalipsis b. Ieronimi expositione conspicua est. Vigilius .... '
On the verso are notes in another hand (13th or 14th century from William of Malmesbury on William I, etc.
f. 98 is a former pastedown,with some verses and scribbles on f. 98r..

II. (ff. 99-196)
Statutes of England. 13-14th century.
f. 99r. An old title: 'Magna Carta. Statuta de Marleberge. Statuta Westmonast. prima'.
f. 100r. Original list of contents in red in two columns. 'In hoc uolumine continentur hec subscripta. Magna carta Reg. h. de libertat.... Articuli contra coronatores contenti in statutis Exonie'.
f. 100v. 'Statut'. reg'. Anglie'. Added: 'fratris R. de Louente. de librar'. S. Aug. Cant'. Like other Common Law books this is not entered in the Catalogue. M.R. James had not noticed it when he compiled his list of Canterbury MSS.
f. 101 blank.
f. 102r. Capitula of the Statutes
f.103v. blank.
f. 104r. Scribbles and a shelfmark: 'no. 553'. This is a Westminster shelf mark in the old royal library (an addition to the books recorded in James P Carley, 'The libraries of King Henry VIII' (London, 2003). Corresponding worm holes show that this leaf was originally placed before f. 99.
f. 104v (not in the hand of the text). A glossary in Anglo-Norman of 31 English legal terms used in charters. 'Verba anglica usitata in cartis anglicorum Regum anglie. Adhuc apposita in cartis modernorum exposita ab Alexandro Archid. Sarum quod continentur in legibus [Jne] reg'. Aluredi Adelstani Adelredi Edwardi et comit (!) reg Inprimis ... Mundbreche ... Trespas uers seygnur ... Cherchsed ... uel cherchmembre. Semence de seynte Eglise'.
This item is recorded in O.S. Pickering & V.M. O'Mara, 'The Index of Middle English Prose: handlist 13. Manuscripts in Lambeth Palace Library including those formerly in Sion College Library' (1999), p. 86.
f. 105r. Magna Carta
f. 106r. de libertatibus Foreste
f. 107r. Sentencia lata in transgressoribus Cartarum predict.dictum de Kenillworth.
f. 108v. Prouisiones de Merton
f. 109r. Statuta eiusdem Regis facta apud Marleberg
f. 111v. Westm. primum
f. 116v. Statuta de Judaismo
f. 117r. Districtiones scaccarii; Statuta de scaccario
f. 118r. Statuta de Justiciariis assignatis
f. 118v. Capitula noua et uetera que placitantur in Itinere
f. 110r. Statuta de moneta
f. 120r. Statuta de mercatoribus
f. 120v. Statuta de feodis non alienandis (de Religiosis)
f. 121r. Statuta Gloucestr'
f. 122r. Statuta explanaciones eorundem . Articuli contra prohibicionem
f. 122v. Westm. secundum
f. 132r. Wynton.
f. 133r. Exon.
f. 133v. Articuli contra coronatores
f. 134v. Statuta de quo Warranto
f.135r. Visus franci plegii. Modus faciendi homagium
f. 135v. Assisa panis et ceruisie. Modus calumpniandi esson.
f. 136r. Dies communes in banco.Modus amensurandi terram
f. 136v. In another hand, on a page left blank: Rhyming poems against lawyers, etc.
'Beati qui esuriunt et sciciunt iusticiam et odiunt et fugiunt. iniurie nequiciam etc. ... Sunt ne iusticiarii quos fauor uel denarii eliciunt a iure. Non sunt nam bene recolo.... quod sensum dant diabolo ... et seruiunt hii pure. Ends: Set quid janitores qui dicunt pauperibus curiam sequentibus. Pauper quid laboras cur hie facis moras. nisi des pecuniam quanquam ad hanc curiam in vanum exoras si nichil attuleris stabis omere foras. De vicecomitibus. Quam duri sunt pauperibus quis potest enarrare - ita quod duplum dederint tune demum liberantur Clericos irrideo suos quando video satis indigentes ad hoc ut mala faciant et patriam decipiant nemini parcentes'.
The same poem occurs in Harl. 930 (?) (Pref. to Rolls ed. of Bracton).
f. 137r. (Text continued.) 'Summa excepcionum contra essonia. Notandum quod quinque sunt essonia'. Exciplicit (f. 141r) '...que vocatur paruus henyngham'
f. 141r. Summa Judicii Essoniorum
f.144r. Summa cadit assisa
f. 148r. Summa Fet asauer (in French)
f. 155r. Heyngham (Hengham). Licet ordo placitandi
f. 164v. Breuia placitata (mostly in French)
f. 171r. Modus faciendi cartas cirograffos obligationes scripta conuenciones secundum omnem diuersitatem et naturam
f. 176r. In another hand added on a blank page: 'Ce sont les vsages e les custumes le queles la communalte de Kent cleyment auoir'.
f. 176v. blank
f. 177r. Text continued. (Registrum Brevium) called in the Table 'Registrum de cancella' domini Regis' etc. Begins with 'Breue de recto ...'; ends with 'Quare incumbrauit' (John de Cracumbe) at f. 196r.
f.196v. In other hands: a) Quia emptores, b) Charter of Ethelbert to Augustine.

III. (ff.197-244)
ff. 199-244 have original pagination 1-92.
'The Life of Syr Thomas More somtymes Lord Chancellour of England', by Ro. Ba. (title, f. 201r). Dated 1599.
The text has been published, from this manuscript as: 'The lyfe of Syr Thomas More, sometymes lord chancellor of England, by Ro: Ba: and edited from Ms. Lambeth 179 with collation from seven manuscripts by Elsie Vaughan Hitchcock...and ... P.E. Hallett, with additional notes and appendices by Professor A.W. Reed. (Early English Text Society, No. 222, 1950) [ copy at KA 334.M8].
The author of this life of St Thomas More (1478-1535) has been plausibly identified as Sir Robert Basset (1574-1641), of Umberleigh and Heanton Court, near Barnstaple , Devon. He was an ardent Catholic whose family was linked by marriage to that of St Thomas More. On this identification, see A. W. Reed, 'A short account of Sir Robert Basset ...' in the edition by EV Hitchcock and PE Hallett pp. 301-324. Further evidence is presented in Andrew Breeze, 'Sir Robert Basset and the Life of Syr Thomas More', Notes and Queries, vol 249, 2004, p. 263.
ff. 197-198. blank.
f. 199r. 'To my dear and tres-deare friend R. R'. Dated March. 25, 1599 (New Year's Day, old style). Signed 'Thine os cor et manus B. R.'
ff. 199v-200v. 'To the courteous Reader'. Signed 'Ro: Ba'.
ff. 201r-243r. Text. 'The life of Syr Thomas More ...'. At f. 213v., following a reference to 'the Queens Maiestie that now is, is the date 1600.
This date is found in MS. 179 only and not in other manuscripts; it may be the date when this copy was made.
f. 234r-v. Verses by More, 'Eye-flattering fortune look thou never so fair' and 'Long was I, lady Lucre, your servingman'. On these see S.W.May & W.A. Ringler, 'Elizabethan poetry: a bibliography and first line index of English verse, 1559-1603' 2004, entries EV 5997 and EV 14002. [copy at Z2014.P7R5].
ff. 243v, 244 blank.
First printed, from this manuscript, in Christopher Wordsworth's 'Ecclesiastical Biography' II. 45, except the Preface which was omitted.

IV. (ff. 245-319)
The life and death of Cardinal Wolsey, by George Cavendish (1500-1561?).
The life was written by Cavendish, a gentleman usher to Wolsey, betweeen 1554 and 1558. The text has been edited, from British Library, Egerton MS. 2402, in Richard S. Sylvester, ed., 'The life and death of Cardinal Wolsey' (London: Early English Text Society, 1959); on MS. 179 see p. 285.
Sylvester dates the hand of ff. 245-319 to c.1575-1600.
f. 245 blank.
f. 246r. 'Thomas Wolsey late Cardinall his life and deathe, written by George Cavendishe his Gentleman Vssher'. An additional note, written above, 'Thomas Wolsey Cardinall Intituled S. Ciciliae trans Tyberim presbiter and L. Chauncellor of England'.
A break in the text occurs at f. 266v. Folio 267 is blank. The text ends at f. 313v.
f. 313v. Note, in another hand, 'My book An° 1598. Wrytten by my man Rich [?]. I borrowed the originall of Mr John Burrowes. John Stowe' . Signed by 'Pe Manwood' . Sir Peter Manwood (d.1625) also owned another copy of Cavendish's life of Wolsey (MS. Bodley 966), and also Lambeth Palace Library MS.138, ff. 213-289. Sylvester takes this note to mean that IV was owned both by Stowe and Manwood.
ff. 314-319. blank.
This manuscript was used by Christopher Wordsworth for the first edition of Cavendish's life of Wolsey. See his Ecclesiastical. Biography. I, p. 462.
Another copy of the life is in MS. 250, ff. 73-154.
LanguageLatin, Anglo-Norman, English
FindingAidsCatalogue description based on M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932). Revised by Richard Palmer, 2010.
PhysicalDescriptionBinding of light calf for Archbishop William Sancroft. Cost of binding 2s 6d (see front pastedown).
305 x 210 mm.
Four separate items bound together. Vellum and paper.
I, vellum, 2 columns, 39 lines: Cent xiii early: fine black hand.
II, vellum, 46 lines. Cent. xiii-xiv, in charter hand, rather rough.
III, paper, xvi, 48 etc. lines.
IV, paper, xvi, 50 lines.
Damage from chaining at bottom of first leaves of I.
Collation: a(2) 1(8)-11(8) 12(8) || 13(6) 14(8)-24(8) 25(4). rest paper, not collated.
2nd folios open with the words: I, sit britannia or diuisa. II, nulli vendemus.
CustodialHistoryI. (ff. 1-98)
MR James says that marginal references to Gloucester Chronicles in I suggest a connexion with that city or district.
I is from the collection of Archhbishop Richard Bancroft (1544-1610), recorded in his catalogue as 'Huntindonensis Archidiaconi historia Angl., folio, ter'. Bancroft owned three copies of this work. For the others see MSS. 118 and 327.
Cambridge shelfmarks: C gamma 4 and subsequently fol. vol. 244.
Vol. I was one of six MSS. borrowed from Lambeth by Sir Symonds d'Ewes and returned to Cambridge by his executors in 1658 (see MS 73).
On its return from Cambridge in 1664 it was shelved as Q15 (shelfmark at the foot of f. 1r)

II. (ff. 99-196)
II is from St Augustine's, Canterbury (see f. 100v). Subsequently in the Royal Library (see f. 104r), and no doubt one of the many books from the Royal Library acquired by Archbishop Richard Bancroft.
Cambridge shelfmarks L zeta 13 and subsequently quarto vol 48 (see Concordance IV in N. R. Ker, 'Archbishop Sancroft's Rearrangement of the Manuscripts of Lambeth Palace', in E. G. W. Bill, 'A Catalogue of Manuscripts in Lambeth Palace Library MSS. 1222-1860', Oxford, 1972):
On its return from Cambridge in 1664 it was seemingly shelved as F.22 (shelf mark on f. 100r), but this does not correspond to any of the entries for Magna Carta in the catalogue (MS 1047, f. 10r).

III. (ff. 197-244)
Not traced in tha catalogues of Archbishops Bancroft or Abbot, but in the Library by 1647. Cambridge shelfmarks C. [eta]. 10, (Tanner Ms 268, f. 166v) and subsequently fol. vol 236 (Tanner MS 274, f. 14r).

IV. (ff. 245-319)
From the collection of Archbishop Richard Bancroft (1544-1610). Recorded in his catalogue as 'Cavendish of Cardinall Wolsey's life, folio' (LR/F/1, f. 68v.)
Cambridge shelfmarks C. [eta]. 14 and subsequently fol vol 240.

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CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1273

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"Lambeth Palace Library: The Mediaeval Manuscripts" Section IV. Humanistic Studies. Reel 13 (with MSS. 175, 177)
RelatedMaterialMS 118 (see Description field).
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