RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 306
Extentff. i + 204
TitleCHRONICLES, VERSE ETC.
Date15th century-16th century
DescriptionCollection of chronicles and historiographical texts, including several relating to London. With religious and other verses, a romance, lyrics, carols, and texts on hawking, hunting, household economy, saints, medicine and natural lore. Mainly in English.
The collection comprised ten or eleven independent booklets or fascicules, bound together c.1504-12, seemingly for 'd[ominus] T. Mylle', who contributed to the contents between 1508 and 1531, and whose signature is found at f. 133r.
The volume was subsequently in the ownership of the antiquary John Stow (1525?-1605), who added notes on contemporary events between 1561 and 1567. It was amongst 'unlawfull bookes' found in Stow's study in 1569 by agents of Edmund Grindal, Bishop of London.

Contents:

item 1a-d. (front pastedown). Notes of various events 1467-1527, in the hand of 'd[ominus] T. Mylle': Dimensions of the lists at Smithfield in 1467; proclamation of the enhancing of gold, 18 Henry VIII [1526-27]; list of mayors of London with their companies from 1468; execution of the duke of Buckingham [1526].
Edited in James. Gairdner (ed.) 'Three fifteenth century chronicles, with historical memoranda by John Stowe, the antiquary, and contemporary notes of occurences written by himself in the reign of Queen Elizabeth' London: Camden Society, 1880, pp. 92-93.

item 1 e. (folio i recto). List of kings from William the Conqueror to Stephen and their dates.

folio i verso. blank.

item 2 (ff. 1r-17v): Brut chronicle, abridged, from legendary times to the coronation of Henry IV.
Heading here 'Cronycullys of Englonde'. Written c.1465.
Matheson's ‘Peculiar Version’, group PV-1400 (the Peculiar Version to 1400).. See Lister M. Matheson, 'The Prose "Brut": The Development of a Middle English Chronicle' (1998), pp. 315-16. Scribal errors suggest that this is not the original manuscript of the composer, but no other extant manuscripts preserve this very abbreviated text.
Edited in James. Gairdner (ed.) 'Three fifteenth century chronicles, with historical memoranda by John Stowe, the antiquary, and contemporary notes of occurences written by himself in the reign of Queen Elizabeth' London: Camden Society, 1880, pp. 1-28.

item 3 (ff. 17v-18v): John Lydgate, 'Verses on the Kings of England' in prose, ending with Henry VI. Boffey and Edwards, no. 3632.
Written c.1465, in the same hand as item 2.
Edited in James. Gairdner (ed.) 'Three fifteenth century chronicles, with historical memoranda by John Stowe, the antiquary, and contemporary notes of occurences written by himself in the reign of Queen Elizabeth' London: Camden Society, 1880, pp. 28-31.
Cf. Linne R. Mooney, ‘Lydgate’s Kings of England and Another Verse Chronicle of the Kings’, Viator, 20 (1989), 255-89, pp. 256-63, 277-78.

item 4 (ff. 18v-46r): 'The names of the Kepers and Bayliffes of the cite of London...' A unique version of the London Chronicle from 1189 to 1465.
Written c.1465, in the same hand as item 2.
Edited in James. Gairdner (ed.) 'Three fifteenth century chronicles, with historical memoranda by John Stowe, the antiquary, and contemporary notes of occurences written by himself in the reign of Queen Elizabeth' London: Camden Society, 1880, pp. 31-80.
See 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. 19.

item 5. Historical notes and notes on contemporary events in the hand of John Stow, many concerning London. Stow wrote his notes on blank leaves of the manuscript and on some leaves with earlier text.
Printed, re-arranged in chronological order (and without reference to their placing in this manuscript), in James. Gairdner (ed.) 'Three fifteenth century chronicles, with historical memoranda by John Stowe, the antiquary, and contemporary notes of occurences written by himself in the reign of Queen Elizabeth' London: Camden Society, 1880, pp. 94-147.
See Christopher Lay, 'A breif collection of matters of Cronicles': notes by John Stow in Lambeth Palace Library MS 306, in A.S.G.Edwards (ed.), 'Regional Manuscripts 1200-1700', English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, volume 14, (British Library, 2008).
Item 5a (ff. 46v-48r): Notes on events in the years 1563-65, in the hand of John Stow. (Gairdner, pp. 127-133). Subjects include sermons at St. Paul's Cross, including a sermon by Thomas Cole, Archdeacon of Essex, on the ending of the plague (ff. 46v, 47v, 48r); the frozen Thames, including at Lambeth, in winter 1564-65 (f. 47v).
f. 48v. blank.
item 5b (ff. 49r-51r). Proclamation by the rebel Jack Cade (d.1450), 1450. (Gairdner, pp. 94-99). Boffey and Edwards, no. 941.
item 5c (ff. 51r-52v). Dirge of the Commons of Kent, at the time of Cade's rebellion (Gairdner, pp. 99-103). Boffey and Edwards, no. 1555. Also noticed in S.W. May, & W.A. Ringler "Elizabethan poetry: a bibliography and first line index of English verse, 1559-1603" 3 vols, 2004, item EV 12321.
item 5d (f. 53r). Christening of Prince Arthur at Winchester in 1486 (Gairdner, pp. 104-105).
item 5e (ff. 53v-55v). Manner of making knights (Gairdner, pp.106-113).
item 5f (f. 55v). Surnames of companions of William the Conqueror at the Conquest.
item 5g (f. 56r). Memorial of the King's charges at Boulogne 'xxvii of Septembar anno xxxvi to the ix of Octobar anno xxxvii'. (Gairdner p. 114).
item 5h (ff. 56v-59r). Notes on events in the years 1565-67, in the hand of John Stow. (Gairdner, pp. 134-144). Subjects include the vestiarian controversy (ff. 57r-58r); Brownists in London (f. 59r); and a challenge (f. 56v, verses occasioned by the marriage of Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick, noticed in S.W. May, & W.A. Ringler "Elizabethan poetry: a bibliography and first line index of English verse, 1559-1603" 3 vols, 2004, item EV 32433).
ff. 59v-62r. blank, except for a brief note on heretics in London at f. 61v, possibly in Stow's hand.
item 5i (f. 62v). Weekly totals of deaths from plague in London, July 1564-July 1566, in the hand of John Stow. (Gairdner, pp.144-147).
item 5j (ff. 63r-v, 65r, 66r-68r, 69r-70r, 71v). Notes on events in the years 1561-64, in the hand of John Stow, written on blank folios. and margins of other items. (Gairdner, pp. 115-127). Subjects include lightning damage to St. Paul's 1561 and St. Andrew Holborn 1563 (ff. 63r-v, 69r); the punishment of heretics, 1561 (f. 63r); the confession of Richard Allington 1561 (ff. 66r-67r); the arrest of a Catholic priest 1562 (f. 67v); weekly totals of deaths from plague in London July 1563-June 1564 and measures against plague, including the burning of fires (ff 69v-70r); a sermon at St. Paul's Cross on the plague (f. 70r); the release of Marian bishops and others (f. 70r).

item 6a (ff. 64r-65r). 'The Doctrynall Princyples and Proverbys Yconomie or Howsholde Kepynge sent from Saynt Bernarde [Saint Bernard] vnto Raymonde [Raymond]'.
Proverbs of household economy, printed from this manuscript in F. J. Furnivall ed., 'Political, Religious and Love Poems' Early English Text Society (London: Oxford University Press, 1866), pp. 57-61.
item 6b (f. 65r-v). List of prohibited books, announced in London on Advent Sunday 1531 (Gairdner, pp. 89-90).
item 6c (f. 65v). Medical recipes. See Pickering and O'Mara, p. 20.
item 6d (f. 68r). Medical recipes. See Pickering and O'Mara, p. 20.
item 6e (ff. 68v-69r). 'Nomina Herbarum'. A Latin-English glossary of plant names.
item 6f (ff. 70v-71v). Medical recipes. See Pickering and O'Mara, p. 20.
item 6g (f. 72r-v). 'Nomina Herbarum'. A Latin-English glossary of plant names.

item 7 (ff. 73r-107r). A romance in verse, Lybious Disconyas. c.1465, in the same hand as item 2. Boffey and Edwards, no. 1690.
See Maldwyn Mills ed., 'Lybeaus Desconus', Early English Text Society OS 261 (London: Oxford University Press, 1969), where the text of MS. 306 is printed.

item 8 (ff. 107r-110r). Verse, a tale of two brothers, one an adulterous squire of Falmouth. c.1465, in the same hand as item 2. Boffey and Edwards, no. 2052.
Printed from this manuscript in F. J. Furnivall ed., 'Political, Religious and Love Poems' Early English Text Society (London: Oxford University Press, 1866), pp. 126-132.

item 9 (ff. 110r-113v). Verse. Saint Gregory’s Trental. c.1465, in the same hand as item 2. Boffey and Edwards, no. 1653.
For an edition see F. J. Furnivall ed., 'Political, Religious and Love Poems' Early English Text Society (London: Oxford University Press, 1866), pp. 114-122.

item 10 (ff. 114r-117v). Medical recipes, a collection of some 35 recipes. Heading at f. 114r: 'Hereafter ffoloweth medcynes of lechecrafte'.
See Pickering and O'Mara, p. 20.

item 11 (ff. 117v-121r). Tract on the elements and humours, beginning 'Hit is to understond that a man is made of iiii elementes...'
See Pickering and O'Mara, pp. 20-21.

item 12 (ff. 121r-126v). Medical recipes. A collection of some 80 recipes, primarily medical, with others for culinary and domestic use.
See Pickering and O'Mara, p. 21.

item 13 (ff. 127r-131v) Life of St. Eustace, from the 'Gilte Legende'. c.1465, in the same hand as item 2.
See Pickering and O'Mara, p. 21.

item 14a (f. 131v). Medical recipe 'for the megryme'.
item 14b (f. 132r). Verse and prose, the receiving of Edward IV at Bristol in 1461. (Gairdner, pp. 85-86). Boffey and Edwards, no. 3880.
item 14c (ff. 132r, 132v, 133v, 134r, 135r, 135v, 136r, 140v, 141r-v, 165r-v, 178r, 186v, 187r-v). Medical recipes. See Pickering and O'Mara, pp. 21-24.

item 15a (f. 132v). Verse in Latin and English: Regina celi letare. (Furnivall, p. 176). Boffey and Edwards, no. 2789.
item 15b (f. 133r) Verse in Latin and English: Gaude flore virginali. (Furnivall, pp. 175-176). With an inscription: 'Scriptum Anno domini 1508 per dominus T Mylle'. Boffey and Edwards, no. 897.
item 15c (ff. 134r-135r). Verse: early in a someristide. (Furnivall, pp. 1-3). Boffey and Edwards, no. 700.
item 15d (f. 135r-v). Verse: women women loue of women. Boffey and Edwards, no. 3171.
item 15e (f. 136r). Verse: Edwardus dei gracia. (Furnivall, pp. 4-5). Boffey and Edwards, no. 3127.
item 15f (f. 136v). Verse: Juellis precious cane y non fynde to sell. (Furnivall, pp. 66-67). Boffey and Edwards, no. 1789.
item 15g (f. 137r). Verse: my hertes joy all myn hole plesaunce. (Furnivall, p. 68). Boffey and Edwards, no. 2247.
item 15h (ff. 137v-138r). Verse: That pasaunt godnes the rote of all virtue. (Furnivall, pp. 71-72). Boffey and Edwards, no. 3291.
item 15i (f. 138r-v). Verse: frische floure of womanly nature. (Furnivall, pp. 69-70). Boffey and Edwards, no. 868.

item 16 (ff. 139r-141r). The retinue of Edward II at Calais, 1346. (Gairdner, pp. 81-85).

item 17a (f. 141r). Note on the capitulation of Granada, 1492. (Gairdner, p. 86).
item 17b (f. 141v). Note on parlous days (crossed out).

item 18: (ff. 142r-145r). John Lydgate, The Hors the Shepe and the Gosse (verse). (Furnivall, pp. 15-42).
Boffey and Edwards, no. 658.

item 19 (ff. 145r-147r). The Complaint of Christ, in verse (Furnivall, p. 190). Boffey and Edwards, no. 3612.

item 20 (ff. 147r-152v). William Lychfelde, The Complaint of God, in verse. Incomplete text. (Furnivall, pp.191-232, edited from MS. 853). Boffey and Edwards, no. 2714.

item 21 (ff. 152v-165r). The Stacyons of Rome (verse). (Furnivall, pp. 143-173). Boffey and Edwards, no. 1172.

item 22 (ff. 166r-175r). The manner of keeping hawks [The Booke of Hawkynge or Prince Edward's Book]. See Pickering and O'Mara, pp. 22-23.

item 23 (f. 176r). A note on beasts of venery and of the chase, added to on f. 176v; also a list of English collective nouns or terms of association. See Pickering and O'Mara, p.23.
Cf. R. Corner, 'More fifteenth century 'Terms of Association' in "The Review of English Studies" Vol. XIII no. 51 Aug 1962 pp. 229-244 [Lambeth Palace Library Printed Refs. II/31].

item 24a (f. 176v). 'Breuis Dieta Philomena' ( a brief summary of the fuller text at f. 177); English terms for the carving or preparation of differnet kinds of beasts, birds and fish. See Pickering and O'Mara, pp. 23-24.
item 24b (f. 176v). Tokens for knowing the sex of a lark. See Pickering and O'Mara, p. 24.
item 24c: (f. 177r-v). Dieta pro Philomena. Advice on feeding nightingales. See Pickering and O'Mara, p.24.

item 25 (f. 177v). Hymn to the Virgin. (Furnivall, pp. 112-113). Boffey and Edwards, no. 2397.

item 26 (ff. 178r-187r). The Wright’s Chaste Wife: 'A fable of a Wryght that was maryde to a pore wydows dowter'. Scribe H has written the initials ‘J S’ on f. 178r, the first folio of his work. The script is too early to be John Stow.
Boffey and Edwards, no. 252.

item 27 (ff. 188r-201v). A printed life of St. Winifred. [Robertus, Prior of Shrewsbury], 'Here begynneth the lyf of the holy & blessed saynt Wenefryde' [Westminster: William Caxton, c.1485]. STC 25853.
See Pickering and O'Mara, p.24.

f. 202r. blank.

item 28 (f. 202v). St. Peter's Cornhill, 1435. 'A Decre and Statute made by the Honourable Cownseyle of the Cite of London for the Gevyng of the Benyfice of Seynt Peters in Cornehyll'. (Gairdner, pp. 91-92).
See Pickering and O'Mara, p.24.

item 29a (f. 203r). Cautions to land purchasers, in verse. Boffey and Edwards, no. 4148. The name 'fortescu' in some manuscripts suggests this may be by Sir John Fortescue.
item 29b (f. 203r). Height of certain men: Moses, Christ etc. (Furnivall, p. 61). See Pickering and O'Mara, p.24.
item 29c (f. 203v). Brief note on term dates.
item 29d (f. 203v). Verse: 'in nucem dentes...'.

item 30 (f. 204r-v). The Battle of Flodden, 1513. (Gairdner, pp. 87-89).

item 31 (pasted on the inside of the rear board). Fragments of notes and medical recipes.
LanguageMainly English
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer 2011, based on :
M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932).
Lister Matheson, 'The Prose "Brut": The Development of a Middle English Chronicle' (1998), pp. 315-16.
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)
L. E. Voigts and P. D. Kurtz, eds., 'Scientific and Medical Writings in Old and Middle English: An Electronic Reference' (University of Michigan Press, 2001), 2nd edn. US National Library of Medicine website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
The work of the online 'Imagining History Project', Queen's University, Belfast, 2002-2005.
Julia Boffey and A.S.G.Edwards, 'New index of Middle English verse' (British Library, London, 2005).
Christopher Lay, 'A breif collection of matters of Cronicles': notes by John Stow in Lambeth Palace Library MS 306, in A.S.G.Edwards (ed.), 'Regional Manuscripts 1200-1700', English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, volume 14, (British Library, 2008), [Lambeth Palace Library, Z115.E6]

Also noted on the Digital Index of Middle English Verse: http://www.dimev.net
PhysicalDescriptionBinding of blind stamped leather over wooden boards. Roll (lion rampant, branches with leaves and acorns, wyvern, portcullis) and ornament (seven-pointed leaf and thistle) used together c.1504-12. See J.B. Oldham, 'English blind-stamped bindings' (Cambridge 1952), p. 43, plate XXXVII AN.g(1) and plate LIX I(2). (Oldham plate XXX. Two clasps both missing. Rebacked. 307 x 225 mm.
Paper. Quires: i-xiv8; xv8 (wants 2); xvi8; xvii6 (wants 1); xviii10; xix16; xx8; xxi12; xxii10; printed: a8 (wants 1, 8 bound after b i); b8; two leaves at end.

Scribes: 8 main scribes with many other contributors: A: ff. 1r-46r, 73r-113v, 126r-131v; John Stow: ff. 46v-63v; C: ff. 64ra-65va; D: ff. 114r-125v, E: ff. 134r-141r; F: ff. 142r-165r; G: ff. 166r-176r [but Christopher Lay considers that this section is also in hand A]; H: ff. 178-187r.

Hand date/style: Scribe A: 15th cent. Secretary: uses both single-ascender and looped-ascender ‘d’, occasional Anglicana ‘w’, but predominantly Secretary form; single-compartment ‘a’, both long and ‘2’-shaped ‘r’; John Stow: Secretary; Scribe C: 16th cent. Secretary; Scribe D: 15th cent. Secretary, occasional double-compartment ‘g’, ‘2’-shaped ‘r’, usually single-ascender but occasional looped-ascender ‘d’; Scribe E: 15th cent. Secretary, both single and looped-ascender ‘d’; single-compartment ‘a’; Scribe F: 15th cent. Secretary, single-compartment ‘a’ and ‘g’, ‘d’ with looped ascenders; Scribe G: 15th cent. Secretary both single-ascender and looped-ascender ‘d’, single-compartment ‘a’, occasional double-compartment ‘g’. ‘2’-shaped ‘r’; Scribe H: 15th cent. Secretary with Anglicana features: Anglicana ‘w’, ‘d’ with looped ascenders, occasional double-compartment ‘a’, long ‘r’.

Booklets:
1: ff. 1-48, Scribe A, items 2-4
2: ff. 49-62 (or 49-63), John Stow, items 5a-j
3: ff. 64-72 (or 2 booklets: 64-65, 66-72), Scribe C, John Stow and others [Christopher Lay describes ff. 49-72 as a single booklet, counting ten booklets in all, rather than 11].
4: ff. 73-113, Scribe A, items 7-9
5: ff. 114-125, Scribes A and D and others, items 10-12b
6: fols. 127-131, Scribe A. item 13
7: fols. 132-141, scribe E and others, items 14-17b
8: ff. 142-165, Scribe F, items 18-21
9: ff. 166-177, Scribe G, items 22-25
10: ff. 178-187, Scribe H, item 26
11: ff. 188-201, printed, item 27; remaining 2 folios and pastedown contain items 28-31.

Catchwords: ff. 8r, 16v, 24v, 32v, 40v, 80v, 88v, 96v, 104v, 112v, 118v.

Quire signatures: ff. 1r-44r: A-F 1-4; 73r- 113r: A-F 1-4; 127r-128r: A 1-2; 132r-136r: g 1-5; 166r-171: A 1-6; 178r-182r: h 1-5; 188r-198r: a-b ii-iiii.

Page layout:
a. ruling: ff. 1r-48v, 73r-113v, 126r-131v (Scribe A): frames in ink; ff. 49r-63r (John Stow), frames in lead or drypoint, prob. ruled by original scribe (e.g. f. 52v); Stow has added his own left margin in ink on ff. 49r-52v; fols. 64r-65r (Scribe C), frames and lines, poss. in combination of crayon? and drypoint, columns, poss. in ink, prickings visible; ff. 66r-72v (John Stow and various scribes), frames and lines, poss. in lead, prickings visible; ff. 114-125v (Scribe D), frames in ink (same size as Scribe A); ff. 132-141v (Scribe E and others), frames in ink (same size as Scribe A), lines, poss. in drypoint, prickings visible; ff. 142r-165v (Scribe F), frames in ink (same size as Scribe A); ff. 166r-177v (Scribe G), frames, poss. in ink, lines in ink added by later scribes on ff. 177r-v; ff. 178r-187v (Scribe H [‘I S’]), frames in ink; 202v, frames and lines poss. in lead; 204r, frames in ink, lines, prob. in drypoint, prickings visible.
b. columns: All items 1, except: item 1: chaotic, item 5f: 3, item 5j (f. 63r): 2; items 6a-c: 2; item 6e, 6g: 2; item 15 (ff. 133r, 135v, item 23 (list in 2 columns); item 25; items 29a-d.
c. lines: Scribe A: 31-34; John Stow: chaotic; Scribe C: 37-38; Scribe D: approx 32, chaotic; Scribe E: varies; Scribe F: 35; Scribe G: 36-40; Scribe H: 37.

Rubrication/sigla: Items 1a-e, 6c-g, 17a, 24a-b, 28, 29b, 29c: not rubricated; item 2, fol. 1r: 7-line solid cap with pen chain-work around edge, prob. in colours; rest of item: 1-line solid caps, prob. in red or blue, ‘A’ has descender extended into inner margin; no chapter headings or numbers; line markers in various styles, prob. in red; paraphs in the text; side notes; often 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished with 2 loops, decorated with 7 pairs of slashes and terminating in a trefoil; some ascenders of top lines thickened and extended slightly into top margin; catchwords in half-boxes; item 3: same as item 2; item 4: same as items 2 and 3, except names of mayors set out as lists; items 5a-j: running titles; occasional paraphs in inner margin; occasional side notes; item 6a: double slashes in text; double hyphens; occasional nota marks in margins; item 6b; list numbered in Arabic numerals; item 7, f. 73r: 7-line solid cap with pen chain-work around edge, prob. in colours; rest of item: occasional 2-line solid caps, prob. in red or blue; on most fols. 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished with 2 loops, decorated with 2 or 6 pairs of slashes and terminating in a trefoil; some ascenders of top lines thickened and extended slightly into top margin; catchwords in half-boxes; explicits in half-boxes; a later hand (C19?) has added line numbers, prob. in pencil at the bottom of each fol. items 8 and 9: same as 7; item 10: running titles; side notes, sometimes in half-boxes; item 11: side notes; single and double slashes in text; poss. in red; line markers, poss. in red; catchword in half box; item 12a: same as 11; item 12b: headings, prob. in red; on most fols. 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished with 2 loops, decorated with 2 or 6 pairs of slashes and terminating in a trefoil; some ascenders of top lines thickened and extended slightly into top margin; item 13, f. 127r: space left for 4-line cap with guide letter; rest of item: same as item 7; item 14a: heading; straight line marker; item 14b: heading; rhyme markers; item 14c: same as 14a; item 15a: running title, poss. in red; Latin text above English, prob. in red; stanza markers; single and double slashes; item 15b: running title; stanzas numbered stanza and rhyme markers; side notes, poss. in red; item 15c, f. 134r: stanza markers; f. 134v: 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with 2 loops and 2 pairs of double slashes; explicit in box; item 15d: stanza markers; chorus written out in second column, explicit in box; 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with 2 loops and 2 pairs of double slashes; item 15e: same as 15d; item 15f: 1 descender of bottom line letter of each stanza flourished into margin with 2 loops and 2 or 3 pairs of double slashes; item 15g: stanza marker for chorus which is set at bottom of fol., with 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with 2 loops and 2 pairs of double slashes; item 15h: 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with 2 loops and 2 pairs of double slashes; explicit; item 15i: same as item 15h; item 16: item partially laid out as list with line markers; item 17b: item laid out as a list with line markers; item 18: 7-line solid cap with small flourish from base into inner margin, prob. in colours; 1-line solid caps; 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with varying numbers of loops and pairs of slashes, terminating in 6 dots; item 19: 8-line cap infilled with filigree work, prob. in colours; 1-line solid caps; running title; 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with varying numbers of loops and pairs of slashes, terminating in 6 dots; explicit in box; item 20: 4, 6 or 8-line cap, infilled with geometric designs, knotwork, strapwork etc, prob. in colours; 1-line caps; 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with varying numbers of loops and pairs of slashes, terminating in 6 dots; item 21: running title; 6-line cap infilled with knotwork, prob. in colours; 4, 6 or 8 line solid caps, poss. in colours, sometimes infilled with knotwork or strapwork; 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with varying numbers of loops and pairs of slashes, terminating in 6-12 dots; explicit; items 22 and 23: 5-line solid cap, poss. in red or blue; item partially laid out as a list with line markers; occasional 1-line caps; paraphs in text; explicit in box; item 24c: running title in Latin and English; side notes; item 25: last stanza numbered as a method of correction; explicit; item 26 fol. 178r: running title; space left for 7-line cap; 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with 1 loop and 5 pairs of slashes, terminating in a whorl, with the initials ‘J’ ‘S’ in the voids; f. 179r: 1 descender of bottom line letter flourished into margin with 3 loops and 3 pairs of slashes, with flower in 1 void; explicit; item 27: space left for 3-line cap with guide letter; headings; single slashes; double hyphens; paraphs in text; item 29a: numbered list; item 29b: laid out as list with brackets; item 30: heading.

Glosses/underlining: cancelled text on ff. 1v, 25r, 46v, 47r, 48r, 49r, 50r, 52v, 53r, 56v, 57r-58v, 63r-v, 65r-v, 67v, 68v, 69v, 70r, (114r-115r, 116r, 117r poss. in red ink), 122v (126r-v, poss. in red ink), 138r, 141v. C15 glosses on ff. 2v, 24r, 27r, 31r, 39v, 73r (title), 74r, 110r (explicit and title), 115r-v (side notes and title), 127r (title), 165v, 188r-199r (mostly titles and side notes). C16 glosses on ff. 81v, 89v, 93v, 96v, 145r. C17-18? glosses on ff. 31v, 33v, 34r, 36r-38v, 147v.

Scribes A, E, H, and F share a tendency to decorate one descender of bottom lines with looped lines marked with double slashes and terminals; A and E are more consistent than F and H, who vary the number of loops and the style of terminal or infill. However, the similarity between script and decorative practices suggests that they worked in the same cultural space, perhaps a government department or a large company (Scriveners', Mercers’ etc). It is possible that the booklets containing the work of these scribes originated in the same place of production, and were then bound with the other booklets in the C16.
Booklet 5 (ff. 114-125, recipes, items 10-12b) is by a number of 15th cent. scribes, some of whom have added their contributions after the main work was completed; Scribe A copies the last folio (126r-v). The ruling of booklet 5 is the same as booklets 4 and 6, both of which are by scribe A. The last item (9) in booklet 4 ends with an explicit, and the last folio is signed F 1. The first item (13) of booklet 6 begins with a title, and is signed a 1. The most plausible explanation for Scribe A’s involvement with this booklet is that he ruled the quires and then farmed the work out to other scribes for a booklet of recipes, which he completed by copying his text on the last folio. He may have gone on to integrate this booklet with his other work, booklets 4 and 6, although this could have been done by another compiler. The fact that Scribe A’s quire sigs. run from ‘a’ in each booklet that he worked on (excepting his 1 fol. stint in booklet 5) suggests that he was producing discrete booklets rather than a unified codex. Booklets 4-8 may have been compiled together before the C16 compilation of the manuscript as we now have it; the three scribes of these booklets (A, E and F) share certain characteristics, as mentioned above. Whether H’s work was also part of this original compilation is doubtful, unless G’s booklet also originated from the same source. G does not decorate his bottom lines in the same manner as A, E, F and H, although his script itself is not dissimilar to theirs. It is possible that G’s work was inserted between F’s and H’s when the manuscript was finally assembled.
CustodialHistorySeemingly bound for 'd[ominus] T. Mylle', who contributed to the contents between 1508 and 1531, and whose signature is found at f. 133r.
Owned subsequently by John Stow (see Description field).
A name amongst medical recipes at f. 126r 'Antonus Musa' (?early 17th cent.) may not be a mark of ownership; it is perhaps a reference to Antonio Musa Brasavola who wrote on pharmacology.
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Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1224

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"Lambeth Palace Library: The Mediaeval Manuscripts" Section I. Old English, French, etc. Reel 7 (with MS. 298 & 328)
RelatedMaterialSee additional information on this manuscript in LR/L/13A.
PublnNoteEditions:
F. J. Furnivall ed. "Political, Religious and Love Poems" (E.E.T.S. 1866). [Lambeth Palace Library SR 1119.E5]
James Gairdner ed. "Three fifteenth century chronicles, with historical memoranda by John Stowe, the antiquary, and contemporary notes of occurences written by himself in the reign of Queen Elizabeth" (London: Camden Society, 1880. Johnson reprint 1965). [Lambeth Palace Library KA20.C2 [R]]

Secondary Texts:
Julia Boffey, "Manuscripts of English Courtly Love Lyrics in the Later Middle Ages" (Woodbridge: Brewer, 1985), p. 21.
Mary-Rose McLaren, "The Textual Transmission of the London Chronicles’, (English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, Vol. III, London: British Library, 1992), 38-72, pp. 40, 50-52.
Palace Green Library (Durham, England). "Magna Carta and the changing face of revolt" (Oxford, 2015), pp. 12,17. [Lambeth Palace Libarary NN147.P2 [P]]
Article by Cardle, Farris in Georgia Land Surveyor, Winter 2019

See also:
Calendar of State Papers Foreign & Domestic 1526-1528 pt. 2 no. 2467
Calendar of State Papers Foreign & Domestic 1531-1532 Appendix no. 18
Calendar of State Papers Foreign & Domestic 1545 vol. XX pt. II no. 558

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