RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 2
Extentff. i, 23
DateLate 16th century
Description'An harmonie of the Byble with a perfect Registre of the Tymes', by Hugh Broughton (1549-1612).
A chronology of the world from the creation to the ascension of Christ, concluding with a description of the New Jerusalem. The chronology is represented in a series of tables with multiple columns, correlating biblical texts and relating them to historical events such as the rise and fall of kingdoms and rulers.
f. i. blank.
f. 1r. Dedication 'to the Right Honorable Henry Earle of Huntingdon Lorde Hastinges Hungerford Botreux Molines & Moyles a knight of the most noble order of the Garter and Lord president of her Maiesties Councell established in the North Partes.' This is Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon (1536-1595). On him see Claire Cross, 'The Puritan Earl', (London, 1966). Begins: 'I have endeuored (Right Honorable) to yeld in tables (which I offer here to youre Lordshipp) an helpe to vnderstande the worde of god ...'. Signed: 'your Lo: Seruant Hugh Broughton'.
In this dedication Broughton refers to Hastings 'by whose charges my studyes are maynteyned'. In another work, 'A seder olam', 1594, also dedicated to Hastings, Broughton again praised Hastings' lavish patronage, but implied that that this belonged to an earlier period of his life, primarily while at Cambridge. This suggests that MS. 2 may have been written well before 1594, and certainly before Hastings' death in 1595.
f. 1r. Title 'An Harmonie of the Byble with a perfecte Registre of the Tymes'.
ff. 1r-2r. The days of creation.
f. 3r. Noah and the flood.
f. 4r. Abraham to Joseph.
f. 5r. Joseph in Egypt.
f. 6r. Moses.
f. 7r. Sinai and the giving of the Mosaic Law.
f. 8r. Joshua.
f. 9r. Joshua to Samson.
f. 10r. Samuel, Saul, David.
f. 11r. Josaphat to the Babylonian captivity.
f. 12r. Daniel and his visions. With a large coloured painting (520x210mm.) of the great image of Daniel's first vision, a man with a head of gold, breasts and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, and feet of clay (Daniel chapter 2). Also smaller coloured paintings of the ram and the goat in conflict (Daniel chapter 8), and the four beasts from the sea (Daniel chapter 7), ie. a lion with the wings of an eagle, a bear with ribs in its mouth, a leopard with four wings and four heads, and a beast with ten horns and iron teeth.
f. 13r. Babylon.
f. 14r. Medes and Persians.
f. 15r. Medes and Persians to Alexander the Great.
f. 16r. Antiochus, King of Syria, to Judas Machabaeus.
f. 17r. Judas Machabaeus to the Roman monarchy.
f. 18r. 'Rome, the image of the beast'. A striking painting (530x685mm.). On the left is a large figure of a warrior with gold sceptre, in dark colours. In the centre the seven hills of Rome (green) with their names; on the right the Beast with seven heads and seven crowns coming out of the sea. See Revelation, chapters 13 and 17.
ff. 19r. and 20r. Life and ministry of Jesus.
f. 21r. The passion and resurrection of Christ. Concluding with the New Jerusalem. The last sentence speaks of the Apocalypse: "euery worde in that booke ys oute of the Old Testament: Except Pathmos, Nicolaitae, Antipas and the seven churches. Come Lorde Jesus."
ff. 22r-23v. Chronological tables, written in multiple columns, with dates and brief details of principal events from Adam to Christ. Bound incorrectly, with f. 22 following 23.
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2010.
PhysicalDescription 20th century binding of light coloured leather (?over old boards). 570 x 655 mm.
When seen by MR James, MS 2 had its original dark leather binding, stamped with central panel of ornament and initials 'H.H'. (Henry Huntingdon). This central panel with initials is now preserved within the front cover of the replacement binding. Original vellum pastedowns also preserved.
Vellum leaves. Black and red inks and calligraphic penmanship.
ff. 1-21 written on the rectos only.
CustodialHistoryOwned by Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon.
MSS. 1 and 2, both of exceptional size, appear to be unrecorded in the catalogues of either Richard Bancroft or George Abbot. Possibly they were shelved separately because of their size and overlooked in the cataloguing. MS. 2 was however at Lambeth by 1647, when recorded as 'Hugh Broughtons Harmony of the Bible' (Bodleian Library, MS. Arch Selden B5, f. 66r). Former Cambridge shelfmarks, 'T. [alpha]. 2', and subsequently 'folio vol 2', present on front pastedown.
CopiesNegatives of illuminations and rubricated initials on selected folios are held by the Courtauld Institute. Prints for private research purposes may be purchased from the Conway Librarian, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London, WC2R 0RN. Permission to purchase copies must first be given by Lambeth Palace Library. Colour prints from the Courtauld negatives are available to browse in Lambeth Palace Library reading room. See also the online image management system:
RelatedMaterialBritish Library, Harleian MS. 1525, Hugh Broughton, 'An harmonie of the Bible. With a diligente registre of the times'.
Folios 1-40 of Harley 1525 are closely related to ff. 1-21 of MS. 2. However MS. 2 is a grander presentation work. Harley 1525 is on paper, without any dedication, and is smaller in size (though still folio); the paintings are smaller and cruder. The second part of Harley 1525, ff. 41-83, (mainly genealogical tables from Adam to Jesus) is not found in MS. 2. Neither manuscript seems to have been published.
Broughton's interest in biblical chronology was expressed in his 'A concent of scripture', 1588, which also includes a chronology and versions of some of the images in these manuscripts.

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GB/109/18512Broughton; Hugh (1549-1612); divine and Hebraist1549-1612
DS/UK/6040Hastings; Henry (1536?-1595); 3rd Earl of Huntingdon1536?-1595
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