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  Page from HLS MS 12.  
  Cambridge, MA, Harvard Law School, HLS MS 12, fol. 33v.

The manuscript is a collection of English statutes from Magna Carta (1215) to the end of the reign of Edward I. The art work is notable. In addition to the illuminated initials that appear throughout the manuscript, this page has line drawing of a man doing homage, designed to illustrate the so-called 'statute of homage and fealty' which begins just above the drawing.

 
Page from HLS MS 155.
Cambridge, MA, Harvard Law School, HLS MS 155, fol. 34r.

The manuscript is a register of writs. It is very much a lawyer’s working book, but the first owner did have the writ of right patent with which the register begins illuminated with gold leaf on the initial 'R' of the name of the king who issued the writ. The attestation clause in the writ allows us to identify the king as Richard II and the year of the attestation as 1384.

Page from HLS MS 10.
Cambridge, MA, Harvard Law School, HLS MS 10, fol. 26r.

The manuscript is a collection of English statutes from Magna Carta (1215) to 7 Edward IV (1467). Pictured above is a remarkable alphabetical index of the statutes. In this case we are dealing with stautes about coroners, with citations from Magna Carta and Westminster I, and a large extract from a Tractatus de coronatoribus, which runs over to the next page. What the second item, the statute of 6 Henry 4 (1408) that concerns the succession to the crown, is doing here is unclear, but perhaps we should associate ‘coroner’ with ‘corone’.

 

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