RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 118
Extentff. 3 + 206 + 6
TitleHENRY OF HUNTINGDON
Date12th century
Description1. Inc. prol. historie Anglorum contexte ab henrico Archi-
diacono, ad alexandrum lincoln(i)ensem ep(m). anno ab incarn.
d. n. I. C. m° c° xl° v° . . . . . f. 1
Cum in omni fere litterarum studio - incipiamus.
Adonai est trissillabum in hebreo.
Adonay opifex - in quo sunt omnia solo
Tuque pater - lux gloria mundi.
Expl. prol. ad alex. linc. ep. directus.
Inc. libri primi capitula sed non ab henrico facta . . . . . 2
Historie Anglorum liber primus inc. de regno Romanorum in
britannia . . . . . 3
Britannia igitur beatissima
There are marginalia in a good hand of cent. xvi and a few
of cent. xv.
Lib. II with capitula . . . . . 20
Lib. III . . . . . 35
The capitula follow the note: Liber hic conuersionis - perse-
quamur. Rolls, p. 66.
Lib. IV without capitula . . . . . 57
Lib. V without capitula . . . . . 71b
Lib. VI without capitula . . . . . 87
inserting the Laws of Cnut at f. 94 (§ 16 of Rolls).
Liebermann Gesetze I. xxxiii. 612: his symbol is Lb.
Lib. VII without capitula . . . . . 115
Lib. VIII without capitula . . . . . 131b
Ending 143: iocunditate spiraculi (!). Rolls, p. 281, last line.
The three books which follow are not printed in the Rolls
edition as a whole.
Lib. IX. Inc. capitula de uiris sanctis anglie . . . . . 143b
De s. oswaldo ... - De Wlfrico. ...
On SS. Chad and Cedda is a marginal note (xv) from Bede.
Inc. lib. nonus de miraculis anglorum . . . . . 144
De uiris illustri(bu)s anglorum et que per eos
An analysis of this book, and a good many extracts, are given
by T. Arnold in the Rolls series, pref. pp. xxiii-xxx. It ends
f. 163: Et hic de gloriosis operibus dei liber nonus explicit.
Expl. lib. nonus de mir. angl.
Lib. X. Inc. lib. x(us) de summitatibus rerum . . . . . 163
Introduction. Hic est annus qui comprehendit
- et nichil habes.
Analysed with extracts l.c. p. xviii.
Scripsit autem huius auctor l.c. p. xix.
Inc. epistola prima regi henrico de serie regum potentissimorum
qui per orbem terrarum huc usque fuerunt.
Cum maxime noticia l.c. p. xix . . . . . 159b
- ad hoc suspira. Exemplar autem secunde epistole.
Inc. ep. secunda de origine regum britannorum qui in hac terra
regnauerunt usque ad aduentum iulii cesaris siue gentis anglorum . . . . . 175b
Queris a me warine: l.c. p. xx.
- tractata uidebitis. Vale.
See the Prologue to Robert de Torigny's Chronicle, ed. Delisle,
and Ward, Cat. of Romances I. 210.
Exemplar autem tercie epistole de contemptu mundi per ea que
ipsi uidimus.
Inc. ep. tercia ad Walterum consortem suum de mundi
appetitu . . . . . 180b
Valtere quondam decus
Printed in full, Rolls ed. p. 297 and by Wharton A. S. II.
from this MS. and MS 179.
- cum lacrimis scribendum est.
Henricus tibi serta ferens
------ grata quies.
Expl. lib. x(us). de summit. rerum.
(In the MS. chiefly followed by Arnold this is lib. viii.)
Inc. liber undecimus . . . . . 188
Epigramata uarietate gaudent
This book was printed by T. Wright in Satirical Poets of the
XIIth Cent. (Rolls) II. 163, apparently from the Lambeth
copies. In the preface to Vol. I, p. xviii he mentions these,
but does not describe them.
- dic mihi dic quid habet.
Expl. lib. undecimus.
Inc. duodecimus . . . . . 191b
Cur hoc opus et illud in amorem per octonarium terminentur
causa hec est. Cum octonarius perpetuitatem beatitudinis
significet dignum est ut in eo opera nostra finiantur in quo et
ipsi finiamur. Non nullos tamen a sex precedentibus hos duos
disiuncturos scio. Uel quia materies disiunctissima uel quia
isti religiosis utiles sunt, illi non adeo. Fuit ergo. VI. librorum
titulus epigramata iocunda, duorum epigramata seria.
Cumque uere serium et necessarium sit semper et solum
laudare deum. Laus dei summi
Laus domino qui cuncta creans hominique ministrans
These two books of Epigrams are the 7th and 8th of the
collection in eight books mentioned by Leland: the first six
are not known to exist.
This Book has never, I believe, been printed: on it see Rolls,
p. xvii. It contains, after the first hexameter poem of 84 lines:
Item laus dei. Cantemus domino carmina glorie . . . . . 192
qui cernens miseros exilio datos etc.
Iterum laus dei. Plasma creatori mentis modulamine psallat . . . . . 192b
De diis falsis. Principium truncus diis. finem uermis. et esse
dat formale manus.
Laus Christi. quem Moyses ardere rubum sanumque uidebat
De amore uirtutis. Balsama quod spirant recenter acta . . . . . 193
quod suaue spirat crocus rubescens.
Item de amore uirtutis per allegoriam.
Amicus amice. quo nitor ecce tuus lux infinita latescit.
Surge columba ueni uox tua luta mei.
A series of sections, partly quatrains, paraphrasing the
Canticles
ending 194: Dum sitiens sacior nec teneatur amor.
Exitus libri. Ferre libri poteras epigramata plura petisque
Desine quam multis est mihi longus erit . . . . . 194
Oratio henrici in morte uel post mortem.
Sume deus fero digna reus miserere fatentis.
Digna fero fer opem misero spes una gementis.
Agne dei miserere mei que(m) crimine tempsi.
Nec uolui gregis esse tui dum me tibi dempsi.
Me rapuit me detinuit blandita libido.
Expl. hist: anglorum ab henr. huntenduniensi archid. contexta
et directa ad Alex. Linc. ep. anno ab incarn. d(ni). m°. c°. xl°. v°.

2. Decreta Willelmi regis qui angliam conquisiuit. Legum
mutaciones et emendationes quas in anglia posuit . . . . . 194
Hic intimatur quod Willelmus rex
- super forisfacturam meam plenam.
(Liebermann, Gesetze I, p. 486.)

3. Hic inc. subscriptarum legum capitula. primum cap. hoc est . . . . . 195
(xlv capp.) (Liebermann, l.c. 670.)
Inc. leges S. Eduuardi regis qui in anglia tenuit. et quas rex
Willelmus heres et cognatus suus postea confirmauit . . . . . 196
Post adquisitionem (Liebermann, l.c. 627.)
- cum testibus et cognitione uendentium.

4. Descriptio genealogie ducum normannorum a rollone primo
duce usque secundum henricum regem anglie et qua auctoritate
quaue auctoritate (sic) S. Edwardus ducem Willelmum
constituit heredem. (Liebermann, Über Edw. Conf. p. 134) . . . . . 205
Primus normannorum dux rollo.
- Stephanus nepos eius annis xix.
Here a marginal addition in charter-hand:
Henr ii. fil. M. Imperatricis suc(c)essit et r. xxxv. etc.
ending: Eadwardus filius eius regnat.

5. Etas seculi per distinctiones seculi collecta . . . . . 206
Summa a prima etate usque in sextam
- quod totum est vi. mil. ccc. xvi ab orbe cond. usque ad
Godefridum ducem ac regem ierosolimorum dum cepit ieru-
salem idus iulii Fer. vi.
Compleui totum scripsi librumque pere} gi.
Et solus totum sit summo gratia . . . . re}
The rest of the page is filled by a rather damaged copy in charter-
hand (xiii late) of the Decreta Willelmi, ending imperfectly
in c. 7. On the last flyleaf, in the hand of the donatory
inscription at the beginning, are two receipts, one in English,
one in Latin.
FindingAidsCatalogue description based on M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932)
Also referred to 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)
PhysicalDescriptionVellum, 12 x 8 1/2, double columns of 28 lines in a very stately large upright hand. Lines ruled with plummet throughout. Initials in red and green.
The flyleaves are of more recent vellum than the rest.
Calf binding.
Collation: a(4) (3 canc.) 1(8)-26(8) (wants 7, 8) b (six).
CustodialHistoryFrom Merton Priory. On f. i b, in two hands of cent. xvi early, is: Liber Wyk[es] (with a flourish): donatus per executores suos ecclesie beate marie de Merton in com': surr.
[Anonymous annotation: Robert Wykkys (Wikes, Wyks, Wyxe), rector of Wimbledon, 1508; d. by Apr. 1522: cf. Emden, Oxford Alumni to 1500, p. 2114].
On p. 1 of text is (xvi) John Myster (or possibly Mylner) dyd.
At bottom: Lumley.
It was one of six MSS. borrowed from Lambeth by Sir Symonds d'Ewes and returned to Cambridge by his executors in 1658.

Former Cambridge shelfmark: C. [gamma]. 3 (see published catalogue by M. R. James and 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).
Later shelfmark: fol. 243
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1269

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RelatedMaterialMS 179 (see Description field).

The book is an important and interesting copy, being, according to Arnold, the parent of all the MSS. which adopt this numbering of the Books. In his list of MSS. he speaks of Lambeth 179, Trinity College R. 5. 42, Vat. Reg. 587, Paris B. N. Lat 6044, B. M. Add. 21,088, Royal 13. C. ii, as being direct or indirect descendants of it.
Add to these S. John's College, Cambridge 184 (p. 219 in my Catalogue).
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