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England, s. XIV2
1. ff. 1-14v: Statute of Westminster I, 3 Edward I, beginning defectively “//Conte vers ceus ausi ben com les apeles del fet…,” 3 Edward I; SR 1:30-39. 2. ff. 14-19: Statute of Gloucester I, beginning with the chapter on damages in novel disseisin, 6 Edward I; SR 1:47-50. 3. ff. 19-20: Exposition of the statute of Gloucester; SR 1:50. 4. ff. 20-57v: Statute of Westminster II, 13 Edward I; SR 1:71-95. 5. ff. 58-59: Judgment of the pillory, ending “…si in mercato venissent et cetera. Explecit [sic] et plus inde potest de eodem sub titulo assise panis et cervisie in isto libro subsequenti et cetera”; SR 1:201-02. 6. f. 59v: [added, s. XVI] “Causidici tentant, tentant et adhuc sub iudice lis est”; “I haue hard many men make their mone/ that lawyers frendly weare to none…” [Hanna, “Addenda,” n. 18]; f. 60, blank. 7. f. 60v: [added, s. XV, among pentrials] “Be on fayre forest syde/ and by the wase wandrying…” [Hanna, “Addenda,” n. 8]; f. 61, blank. 8. ff. 61v-62v: Quia emptores, 18 Edward I; SR 1:106; f. 63r-v, blank. 9. ff. 64-65: Statute for respiting of knighthood; SR 1:229. 10. ff. 65-66: Statute concerning wards and reliefs; SR 1:228. 11. f. 66r-v: Incipit tractatus de antiquo dominico corone, Licet in antiquo dominico corone non currat aliud breve nisi parvum breve de Recto clausum…nisi forte ius habeat in aliqua dote secundum consuetudinem manerii.
A. J. Horwood, ed., Year Books of the Reign of King Edward the first, years XX and XXI. RS 31 pt. 16 (London 1866) pp. xviii-xix, here ending incomplete with respect to the printed text.
12. ff. 66v-68: Statute of bigamy, 4 Edward I; SR 1:42-43. 13. ff. 68-69: Statute of merchants, 11 Edward I; SR 1:53-54. 14. ff. 69-71v: Statute of Winchester, 13 Edward I; SR 1:96-98. 15. ff. 71v-72v: Statute for religious men, here in French, 7 Edward I; SR 1:51. 16. ff. 72v-73v: Circumspecte agatis, divided into 2 parts and reversed in order, with what is normally the second part (“Sub qua forma laici impetrent prohibicionem…”) here preceding the first, 13 Edward I; SR 1:101-02. 17. ff. 73v-74v: Quo warranto, 18 Edward I, SR 1:107. 18. ff. 74v-75: Statute concerning conspirators; SR 1:216. 19. ff. 75-76: Statute of persons to be put in assizes and juries, followed by a writ on the subject, 21 Edward I; SR 1:113. 20. ff. 76-77: Of persons vouched to warranty who are present, 20 Edward I; SR 1:108-09. 21. ff. 77-78: Statute of waste, 20 Edward I; SR 1:109-10. 22. ff. 78-79: Statute of ragman, 4 Edward I; SR 1:44. 23. f. 79: Incipit composicio monete et mensurarum, Per discrecionem tocius Regni Anglie fuit mensura domini Regis composita…et octo galones frumenti faciunt buscellum london. quod est octava pars quarterii et cetera. Explicit composicio monete et mensurarum; SR 1:200-01, n. 2. 24. ff. 79v-81: Statute concerning money; SR 1:219-19a. 25. f. 81r-v: Provision for the day in leap year, 40 Henry III (dated 9 May, 44 Henry III); SR 1:7. 26. ff. 81v-82v: Statute for oaths of the King’s officers in the eyre; SR 1:232. 27. ff. 82v-83: Manner of challenging essoins; SR 1:217-18. 28. f. 83r-v: Incipiunt placita corone, In principio sciendum est quod omnia attachiamenta et placita Corone debent atthachiari [sic] per Coronatorem…eiusdem ville inventoris Iusticis Itinerantibus. A. [?] et W. [?] et cetera.
Note on coroners’ duties concerning crown pleas to be taken before advent of justices, followed by 3 examples of crown pleas (abjuration of realm, accusation of rape, death by misadventure) occuring at “C. in Norfolk.”
29. ff. 83v-84: Incipit quot modis dicitur excepcio, Notandum est quod quatuor modis dicitur exceptio, scilicet exceptio dilatoria et exceptio peremptoria…non valet ad aliam resortire responcionem. Explicit quot modis dicitur exceptio. 30. f. 84r-v: General days in banc; SR 1:208. 31. ff. 84v-85: Incipiunt excepciones generales ad brevia, Si nomen petentis vel eius cognomen non concordant brevi suo, si sit excommunicatus…set si se absentaverit non amittet nisi breve. Expliciunt exceptiones generales ad brevia. 32. ff. 85-86: View of frankpledge; SR 1:246. 33. f. 86r-v: Manner of doing homage and fealty; SR 1:227-28. 34. ff. 86v-87v: Assize of bread and ale, here in French; SR 1:199-200. 35. ff. 88-90: Statute of joint-tenants, 34 Edward I; SR 1:145-47. 36. ff. 90-92: Statute of Westminster IV (with rubric erroneously as “West. quintum”), 14 Edward II; SR 1:180-81. 37. f. 92r-v: Assize of weights and measures, the first paragraph only, ending “…et duodecim libre et di. faciunt petram london.”; SR 1:204. 38. ff. 92v-93v: Ordinance concerning conspirators, 33 Edward I; SR 1:145. 39. ff. 94-96v: Statute of York, ending “…a ceste chose perfaire en citez en Burgh ou quant il plerra,” 12 Edward II; SR 1:177-78. 40. ff. 96v-99v: Statute of fines levied, beginning in the chapter on exceptions to a fine, “Quia fines in Curia nostra levati finem litibus debent imponere…,” 27 Edward I; SR 1:128-30. 41. f. 99v: Statute of breaking prisons, 23 Edward I; SR 1:113. 42. f. 100: Statute concerning conspirators, beginning defectively “//seuters ou birganers…a la volunte le Rey”; SR 1:216. 43. ff. 100-101: Statute of persons to be put in assizes and juries, 21 Edward I; SR 1:113. 44. f. 101r-v: Statute of defending right, 20 Edward I; SR 1:110. 45. ff. 102-103: Statute of sheriffs, 9 Edward II; SR 1:174-75. 46. ff. 103-112: Articles upon the charters, 28 Edward I; SR 1:136-41. 47. ff. 112-119v: Statute of Northampton, 2 Edward III; SR 1:257-61. 48. ff. 119v-121v: Statute for escheators, 29 Edward I; SR 1:142-43. 49. ff. 121v-122v: Oath of the sheriff; SR 1:247. 50. ff. 123-125: Revocation of the new ordinances, preceded by the letter addressed to the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer, 15 Edward II; SR 1:189-90. 51. f. 125r-v: Revocacio brevium de audiendo et terminando, Acorde est par nostre seignour le Roi et son conseil au parlement de Norhampton que touz les oyers et terminers grantez encontre forme de statutes fait en temps le Roi Edward ael le Roi qe orest…sauve les deux oyers et terminers touchauns les abbes de seint Esmoun et de Abyndon…ne est pas mys en estatut einz est baille en la Chauncellerie par bille et cetera et explicit.
This text also in HM 930, f. 12, HM 19920, f. 165 and EL 9 H 10, ff. 55v-56.
52. ff. 126-130: Statute II, preceded by its chapter list, 1 Edward III; SR 1:255-57. 53. ff. 130-136: Statute I, preceded by its chapter list, 1 Edward III; SR 1:251-54. 54. ff. 136v-142: Articles for the clergy, 9 Edward II; SR 1:171. 55. ff. 142-145v: Ordinance of the forest, 34 Edward I; SR 1:147-49. 56. ff. 145v-153: Statute, 4 Edward III; SR 1:261-65. 57. ff. 153-155v: Statute concerning bakers, etc., ending “…cum necesse fuerit possunt certiorari”; SR 1:202-04. 58. ff. 155v-157: Statute of Ireland concerning coparceners, 20 Henry III; SR 1:5. 59. f. 157r-v: Coronation oath, in French, 5 Edward II; SR 1:168. 60. ff. 157v-158v: Form of the oath of those of the king’s council; SR 1:248. 61. ff. 158v-159v: Writ directed to Geoffrey Scrope, empowering him to receive the oaths of Lambert of Threekingham, John of Cambridge, John of Redenhall, John Randolf and Thomas of Louth for the opening of the eyre of Northamptonshire (6 November 1329), followed by the oaths for justices and for clerks, in French; see D. W. Sutherland, ed., The Eyre of Northamptonshire, 3-4 Edward III, A.D. 1329-1330. Selden Society 97 (London 1983) xlii-xlix, for brief biographies of these 6 justices. 62. ff. 159v-160v: Statute ending defectively, “…acorde est et establi que les prises et purveaunces se ferront pur les ditz//,” 5 Edward III; SR 1:265-66; f. 161, blank. 63. ff. 161v-163v: [added, s. XV] Five moot cases, in French, concerning wardship and land tenure, with the names of Alice Attedale, John de F., Margery Russell and Sybil Russell, followed by a note on the number of knights, of churches, etc. in England, signed “quod Pynchebek.” 64. f. 164: Ownership note (see below) and note concerning exchequer distraints; f. 164v, blank.
Parchment, ff. i (modern parchment) + 164 (last is contemporary flyleaf) + i (modern parchment); 117 × 80 (85-90 × 56-60) mm. 1-312 410(-10 after f. 45) 510 610(-10 after f. 64) 78 814 98(-1 after f. 86) 108 11-1212 138 1410 1518(-18 after f. 160) 166(-1, 2, 3; + contemporary flyleaf). Catchwords in the inner margin, still visible in quires 7, 11, 13, 14. 22-25 long lines, ruled in lead; slash prick marks at the 4 corners of the written space, and in the outer margin, most of the latter trimmed away. Written by 5 scribes, usually in anglicana formata scripts: i, ff. 1-45v, 65-87v; ii, f. 46r-v; iii, ff. 46v (note in the margin), 61v-62v; iv, ff. 46v (last 3 lines) -57v (line 9), 88-160; v, ff. 57v (line 10) -59, 64r-v, heading of f. 65, and added passage on f. 155v. 3- and 2-line red initials; some spaces reserved; 1-line initials within the text filled in red; underscoring in red. Running headlines across the opening; sections of the statutes numbered in the margins in roman numerals; omitted passages inserted between the lines or written in the margins. Bound in contemporary oak boards, rebacked in half-sheep, fore edge strap closing to pin in the center back; hole from a previous pin visible in the center of the leaves from f. 143 to the end. Written in England in the second half of the fourteenth century. On f. 164, s. XV, “Iste liber constat Iacobo Radcliffe <?> Est de longley.” W. H. Robinson, Cat. 12 (Newcastle 1925) n. 750. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington in June 1925. Bibliography: De Ricci, 78.
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
Hanna, “Addenda”
R. Hanna, “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: a Checklist of Addenda,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980) 235-58
Rolls Series
Statutes of the Realm (London 1810-28)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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