RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 317
Extenti, 95 ff.
TitlePEDIGREES OF THE FRENCH NOBILITY
Date1598-1610
DescriptionGenealogies of French noble families, 15-16th century, neatly written in a French hand, with each name written within a circle.
With additions in the hand of George Carew, 1st Earl of Totnes (1555-1629).
The compiler was associated in England with George Carew, afterwards Earl of Totnes, and contributed to his genealogical collection, being able to write in an English secretary hand as well as in the italic hand used here (see MS. 318, ff. 164v-176r, 210v-217v).

f. i. blank.
ff. 1-6. index of names of families, in the hand of George Carew, Earl of Totnes.
ff. 7r-21r. blank.
ff. 21v-56r. Genealogies of French families, including Bourbon, Orleans, Lorraine and Coligny.
The original genealogies appear to have been written in 1598 (eight of them conclude with events in 1598, including a reference at f. 27r to Charles Emmanuel 'maintenant Duc de Savoye 1598' ). Carew's additions include references (f. 53r-v) to persons 'vivant en 1610', probably the date of his work on this manuscript.
ff. 56v-95r. blank.
f. 95v. Rules concerning duelling. in Latin.
LanguageFrench
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2011.
PhysicalDescriptionOriginal vellum binding, with leather tie and fold-over flap.
348 x 245mm.
Spine title (17th cent.): 'Genealoies de Regno Franciae'
Paper leaves.
CustodialHistoryFrom the 'Carew-Sheldon' manuscripts. Recorded [as item 116] in the 'Carew-Sheldon' catalogue dated 1664: 'Genealogiae de Regno Franciae 1398, folio' (Bodleian Library, Tanner MS. 275a, f. 9r). These manuscripts were acquired by Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677), Archbishop of Canterbury. All, or nearly all, were previously owned by George Carew, 1st Earl of Totnes (1555-1629). See M. R. James, 'The Carew manuscripts', English Historical Review, vol 42, 1927, pp. 261-267, and M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932), p. 401.
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1448 (positive)
RelatedMaterialMS. 1067, a further volume of French pedigrees owned by Carew, is in the same hand (with an index in the same hand in MS. 307, ff. 126r-131v).
MS. 318, ff. 164v-176r, 210v-217v is in the same hand.

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GB/109/14535Carew; George (1555-1629); Earl of Totnes; statesman1555-1629
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