RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 641
Extenti, 90 ff.
Date17th century
DescriptionStatutes of Eton College as approved by Henry VI c.1443-c.1447, with later additions. A copy, 17th century.

f. i. Letters patent of Elizabeth I approving a reform of the statute concerning fees and benefits of the Provost and Fellows. 11 June 1566. With a note by the transcriber that this letter is entered in the exemplar at the end of the College statutes, and is entered here for lack of space at the end of his volume.
ff. 1r-89r. Statutes, in 61 chapters, beginning with a preamble by Henry VI. The earliest statutes were compiled c.1443-44 and codified in the Liber Originalis c.1447.
f. 89r. Two additional statutes. Followed by the initials 'R.H.', seemingly the transcriber.
ff. 89r-v. Letters patent of Henry VI entrusting William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, and John Chadworth, Bishop of Lincoln, with a reform of the statutes. 12 July 33 Henry VI [1455].
ff. 89v-90v. Reforms of the statutes by William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, and John Chadworth, Bishop of Lincoln. [1455]. At the end are the initials 'R.H.', seemingly the transcriber.
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012.
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding, with marbled paper boards and central red leather panel tooled in gold 'Bibliotheca Lambethana', 428 x 280 mm. 18th century.
Paper leaves.
CustodialHistoryDeposited in the Library by Archbishop Thomas Tenison 10 June 1696 (see MS. 800, f. 183v)
Recorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Thomas Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).
RelatedMaterialEton College Library, MS. 300, the earliest manuscript containing the statutes, c.1443-44.
Eton College Records 60/1a, the Liber Originalis, containing the statutes as concluded c.1447.
PublnNoteJ. Heywood and T. Wright eds, 'Ancient laws of the fifteenth century for King's College, Cambridge, and the public school of Eton College' (London, 1850), edits the Liber Originalis.
Noel Blakiston ed. and trans., 'The College statutes' (Eton, 1973), edits the Liber Originalis.
On the statutes, see Magnus Williamson, 'The Eton Choirbook: its institutional and historical background', Oxford University D. Phil thesis, 1997.

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