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HLS MS No. 54

England. Statutes, Magna Carta to 2 Edw. 3

ca. 1328

http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HLS.LIBR:12723199

 

 

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  Seq. Fol. Label Header MsFol.  
  1no fol., no sig.Spine 
  2no fol., no sig.Front cover 
  3no fol., no sig.Inside front cover 
  41rBlank except for faint pencilled notes5 
  51vBlank except for faint pencilled notes 
  62rContents6 
Heading: In isto Volumine tot Statuta continenta.
Note: Elaborately decorated initial ‘M’.
  72v 
  83rCapitularium7 
Heading: Capitula magna Carte.
  93v 
Heading: Capitula Carte Foreste.
  104r8 
Heading: (1) Capitula de Mertoun. (2) Capitula de Marlebergh.
  114v 
Heading: Capitula Gloucestre.
  125r9 
Heading: Capitula Westm’ primi.
  135v 
  146r10 
Heading: Capitula Westm’ Scdi.
  156v 
  167r11 
Heading: (1) Capitula prerogativa Reg’. (2) Capitula Wyntoun’. (3) Capitula cu’ hugh le despenser.
  177v 
Heading: Capitula Northampton.
  188rBlank except for pencilled layout12 
  198vBlank 
  209rBlank15 
Note: Two fols missing before this one.
  219vBlank 
  2210rBlank16 
  2310vBlank 
  2411rBlank17 
  2511vBlank 
  2612rMagna Carta, as confirmed 25 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:114–19)Magna Carta18 
Note: Elaborately decorated initial ‘E’.
  2712vMagna 
  2813rCarta19 
  2913vMagna 
  3014rCarta20 
  3114vMagna 
  3215rCarta21 
  3315vMagna 
  3416rCarta22 
  3516vMagna 
  3617rCarta23 
  3717vMagna 
  3818rCarta24 
  3918vForest Charter, as confirmed 25 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:120–2)Carta 
Heading: Explicit magna Carta. Et incipit Carta de Foresta.
Note: Decorated initial ‘E’.
  4019rde foresta25 
  4119vCarta 
  4220rDe foresta26 
  4320vCarta 
  4421rDe foresta27 
  4521vProvisions of Merton, 20 Hen. 3. (S.R. 1:1–4) 
Marginalia: Explicit stat’ de foresta Et incipit stat’ de mertonii.
Note: Elaborately decorated initial ‘P’.
  4622rMertoun28 
  4722vStatuta 
  4823rDe mertoun27 
  4923vMertoun 
  5024rDe mertoun28 
  5124vStatuta 
  5225rmertoun29 
  5325vStatute of Marlborough, 52 Hen. 3. (S.R. 1:19–25) 
Heading: Statutum de marlebergh’ editum anno r’r’ H fil’ R’ J’ lijo.
Note: Decorated initial ‘A’.
  5426rMarlebrygg’30 
  5526vMarle 
  5627rBergh’31 
  5727vMarle 
  5828rBergh’32 
  5928vMarle 
  6029rBergh’33 
  6129vMarle 
  6230rBergh’34 
  6330vMarle 
  6431rBergh’35 
  6531vMarle 
  6632rBergh’36 
  6732vMarle 
  6833rBergh’37 
  6933vMarle 
  7034rBergh’38 
  7134vMarle 
  7235rBergh’39 
  7335vStatute of Westminster I, 3 Edw. 1(. (S.R. 1:26–39)Westm’ 
Heading: Istud stat’ erat edit’ anno primo R E fil’ H iii R fil R Joh’is.
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  7436rWestm’ p’mu’40 
  7536vWestm’ 
  7637rp’mu’41 
  7737vWestm’ 
  7838rp’mu’42 
  7938vWestm’ 
  8039rp’mu’43 
  8139vWestm’ 
  8240rp’mu’44 
  8340vWestm’ 
  8441rp’mu’45 
  8541vWestm’ 
  8642rp’mu’46 
  8742vWestm’ 
  8843rp’mu’47 
  8943vWestm’ 
  9044rp’mu’48 
  9144vWestm’ 
  9245rp’mu’49 
  9345vWestm’ 
  9446rp’mu’50 
  9546vWestm’ 
  9647rp’mu’51 
  9747vWestm’ 
  9848rp’mu’52 
  9948vWestm’ 
  10049rp’mu’53 
  10149vWestm’ 
  10250rp’mu’54 
Marginalia: Extensive additions/corrections.
  10350vWestm’ 
  10451rp’mu’55 
  10551vWestm’ 
  10652rp’mu’56 
  10752vWestm’ 
  10853rp’mu’57 
  10953vWestm’ 
  11054rp’mu’58 
  11154v 
Marginalia: vide stat W ij c xvj; xlvij.
  11255rStatute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:45–50)Gloucestr’59 
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  11355vGloucestr’ 
  11456rGloucestr’60 
  11556vGloucestr’ 
  11657rGloucestr’61 
  11757vGloucestr’ 
  11858rGloucestr’62 
  11958vGloucestr’ 
  12059rGloucestr’63 
  12159vGloucestr’ 
  12260r‘Explanation’of statute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:50)64 
Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘P’. (2) The decorated initial begins a text without a heading.
  12360vStatute of Westminster II, 13 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:71–95) 
Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘C’. (2) The decorated initial begins a text without a heading.
  12461rWestm’ sc’dm65 
  12561vWestm’ 
  12662rSc’dm66 
  12762vWestm’ 
  12863rSc’dm67 
  12963vWestm’ 
  13064rSc’dm68 
  13164vWestm’ 
  13265rSc’dm69 
  13365vWestm’ 
  13466rSc’dm70 
  13566vWestm’ 
  13667rSc’dm71 
  13767vWestm’ 
  13868rSc’dm72 
  13968vWestm’ 
  14069rSc’dm73 
  14169vWestm’ 
  14270rSc’dm74 
  14370vWestm’ 
  14471rSc’dm75 
  14571vWestm’ 
  14672rSc’dm76 
  14772vWestm’ 
  14873rSc’dm77 
  14973vWestm’ 
  15074rSc’dm78 
  15174vWestm’ 
  15275rSc’dm79 
  15375vWestm’ 
  15476rSc’dm80 
  15576vWestm’ 
  15677rSc’dm81 
  15777vWestm’ 
  15878rSc’dm82 
  15978vWestm’ 
  16079rSc’dm83 
  16179vWestm’ 
  16280rSc’dm84 
  16380vWestm’ 
  16481rSc’dm85 
  16581vWestm’ 
  16682rSc’dm86 
  16782vWestm’ 
  16883rSc’dm87 
  16983vWestm’ 
  17084rSc’dm88 
  17184vWestm’ 
  17285rSc’dm89 
  17385vWestm’ 
  17486rSc’dm90 
  17586vWestm’ 
  17687rSc’dm91 
  17787vWestm’ 
  17888rSc’dm92 
  17988vWestm’ 
  18089rSc’dm93 
  18189vWestm’ 
  18290rSc’dm94 
  18390vWestm’ 
  18491rSc’dm95 
  18591vWestm’ 
  18692rSc’dm96 
  18792vWestm’ 
  18893rStatute of Westminster III, 18 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:106)Sc’dm97 
Marginalia: Incipit Westm’ tercium anno xviii R E fil’ H.
Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
  18993vWestm’ Terc’u’ 
Note: Additions in two hands/inks.
  19094rStatute of Fines, 27 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:126–30)De Finibz98 
Heading: Incipit statutum de finibus editum Anno xxvii R E Fil’ H.
Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
  19194vDe 
  19295rFinibus99 
  19395vDe 
  19496rFinibus100 
  19596vStatute of Joint-tenants, 34 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:145–7)De c’iu’ctim feoffatis 
Note: Decorated initial ‘E’.
  19697rDe c’iu’ctim feoffat’101 
  19797vDe c’iu’ctim feoffat’ 
  19898r(1) Statutum De consultacione, 18 Edw. 1; (2) Statute of Merchants, 11 Edw. 1 [S.R. (1) 1:108 (2) 1:53–4]De c’iu’ctim feoffat’102 
Marginalia: De consultacionibus.
Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
  19998vDe 
Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
  20099rmercatoribus103 
  20199vDe 
  202100rMercatoribus104 
  203100vDe 
  204101rmercatoribus105 
  205101vDe mercatoribus 
  206102rPrerogativa regis, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:226–7)prerogativa Regis106 
Note: Decorated initial ‘D’.
  207102vp’rogativa 
  208103rRegis107 
  209103vp’rogativa 
  210104rRegis108 
  211104vp’rogativa Regis 
  212105rStatute of Winchester, 13 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:96–8)Wynton’109 
Marginalia: Statut’ de Wynton’ anno xvmo edit’ R E Fil’ H.
Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
  213105vDe 
  214106rWynton’110 
  215106vDe 
  216107rWynton’111 
  217107vDe 
  218108rWynton’112 
  219108vArticles of inquiry on the statute of Winchester, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:245–6)Articuli Wynton’ 
Note: Decorated initial ‘M’.
  220109rStatute De viris religiosis, 7 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:51)113 
Heading: Incipit statutu Relig’ anno E Fil’ H vii.
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  221109vDe Religiosis 
Marginalia: Statut’ de Bigamis Anno xo E F H edit’.
Note: Decorated initial ‘I’.
  222110rDe Bigamis114 
  223110vDe Bigamis 
  224111rStatutum Hibernie de coheredibus, 20 Hen. 3. (S.R. 1:5)De Coheredibus115 
Note: Decorated initial ‘R’.
  225111vDe Coheredibus 
  226112rStatute De presentibus vocatis ad warrantum, 20 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:108–9)De presentibus vocat’ ad Warr’m anno xximo E Fil’ H116 
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  227112vDe presentibus vocat’ ad Warrant’ 
  228113rStatute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1, preamble. (S.R. 1:45–7)Statutum de quo Warranto p’o a’o xviii E Fil’ H117 
Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
  229113vStatutum De quo warranto, 18 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:107)Quo Warranto sc’do 
Heading: Quo Warranto secundo.
Note: Decorated initial ‘R’.
  230114rQuo Warranto sc’do118 
  231114vQuo Warranto sc’do 
  232115rStatutum De quo warranto novum, 18 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:107)Quo Warranto Tercio119 
Heading: Quo Warranto Tercio.
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  233115vStatute of York, 12 Edw. 2. (S.R. 1:177–9)Ebor’ p’mo 
Heading: Statut’ de Ebor’ primo.
Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
  234116rEbor’ p’mo120 
  235116vEbor’ p’mo 
  236117rEbor’ p’mo121 
  237117vEbor’ p’mo 
  238118rEbor’ p’mo122 
  239118vDistrictiones scaccarii, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:197 (ter) – 198)Dist’cco’es Sc’c’ii 
Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
  240119rStatutum De consultacione, 18 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:108)De Consultac’o’ibz123 
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  241119vStatutum de proteccionibus non allocatis, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:217)De p’teccione non Allocand’ 
Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
  242120r(1) Ordinatio de inquisicionibus, 33 Edw. 1; (2) Modus calumpniandi essoniam, temp. incert [S.R. (1) 1:143 (2) 1:217–18]De inquisic’o’ibus Calu’pniand’124 
Note: Decorated initials ‘D’ and ‘N’.
  243120vStatute of Conspirators, ?20 Edw. 1. (Cf. S.R. 1:216)De Berwyco 
Marginalia: de Berwyco.
Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘C’. (2) This is the first paragraph of the text given in S.R., and like other copies noted there it is dated at Berwick in 20 Edw. 1.
  244121rStatute of conspirators, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:216)De Conspiratoribus125 
Note: Decorated initial ‘D’.
  245121vOrdinatio de conspiratoribus, 33 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:145)De dist’icc’i’e Conspirator’ 
Heading: de districcione Conspirator’.
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  246122rStatutum de iusticiariis assignatis, 21 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:112)De Justic’ Assignat’126 
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  247122vForma iuramenti illorum de consilio Regis, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:248)De Justic’ assignat’ 
Heading: De Juramento Vic’.
  248123rDe Jurame’to vic’127 
Note: Decorated initial ‘U’.
  249123vOrdinance concerning those clerks who deliberately misread returns of sheriffs. (Not in S.R.)De fals[ificano] retoru’ vic’ 
Heading: De fals[ificano] retoru’ vic’.
Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘Q’. (2) Not in Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts and not found. The ordinance is undated but refers to a council held on 14 February 1298. The name of the first attendee is garbled: ‘venerabilis pater W. de H. archidiaconus episcopus [sic] Develyn [sic]’; but that of the second is clear: ‘W. de L. episcopus C.’, i.e., Walter Langton bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, who was treasurer at the time. Incipit: ‘Quia transgressoris punicio cuiuscumqe’. Explicit: ‘ordinacione consilii tunc fuit puniend’’.
  250124rDe fals[ificano] retoru’ vic’128 
  251124vStatute of Carlisle, 35 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:150–2)De karlilio 
Note: Decorated initial ‘R’.
  252125rStatute of Westminster IV, 14 Edw. 2. (S.R. 1:180–1)De p’cessu in Attincta129 
Heading: De attinct’.
Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
  253125vDe p’cessu in Attincta 
  254126rDe p’cessu in Attincta130 
  255126vDe illis qui debent poni in iuratis et assisis, 21 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:113)De iuratoribz ponend’ 
Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
  256127rDe defensione iuris, 20 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:110)De iuratoribz ponend’131 
Heading: De Juribus defendend’.
  257127vDe iuribz defendend’ 
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  258128rDe magnis assisis et duellis, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:218)De iuribz defendend’132 
Heading: ?? duellu’ v’ magna assisa.
Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘O’. (2) Decorated initial ‘C’.
  259128vCircumspecte agatis, 13 Edw. 1 (part 1). (S.R. 1:101–2)De p’hibic’o’ibus de circuspecte agatis 
Heading: De prohibicionibus.
Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
  260129rCircumspecte agatis, 13 Edw. 1 (part 2). (S.R. 1:101–2)Ubi iacet Regia p’hibicio133 
Heading: Ubi iacet regia prohibicio.
Note: Decorated initial ‘S’.
  261129vAssize of weights and measures. (S.R. 1:204)Ubi iacet Regia p’hibicio 
Heading: Composicio monete : monete.
Note: The text of the assize varies from that in S.R.
  262130rStatutum de moneta parvum, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:220)Composicio monete134 
Heading: De moneta Retonsa.
Note: Decorated initials ‘P’ and ‘R’.
  263130vDies communes in banco, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:208)Dies Co’ies in Banco 
Heading: Dies Co’ies in banco.
Note: Decorated initial ‘A’.
  264131rDies communes de dote, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:208)Dies Co’ies in Dote135 
Heading: Dies communes in Dote.
Note: Decorated initial ‘A’.
  265131vView of frankpledge, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:246–7)Visus F’nc plegg’ 
Heading: Visus franc’ plegii etc’.
Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
  266132rVisus F’nc’ plegg’136 
  267132vDe homagio et fidelitate faciendis, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:227–8)De homagio faciendo 
Heading: Modus faciendi homagium.
Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
  268133rDe homagio et fidelitate faciendis, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:227–8)De fidelitate facienda137 
Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘Q’. (2) Statute divided into two sections.
  269133vAssize of bread and ale, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:199–200)Assisa panis 
Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
  270134r(1) Assize of bread and ale, temp. incert; (2) Judicium pillorie, temp. incert (S.R. (1) 1:199–200)Assisa c’vic’138 
Heading: (1) Assisa c’vic’. (2) Judicium pillorie.
Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘S’. (2) Statute divided into two sections.
  271134vJudiciu’ pillorie 
Note: Decorated initial ‘S’.
  272135rJudiciu’ pillorie139 
  273135vDe wardis et releviis, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:228)De Wa’d & Releviis 
Heading: De Ward’ & relev’.
Note: Decorated initial ‘O’.
  274136rDe Ward’ & Releviis140 
  275136vOfficium coronatoris, 4 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:40–1)Offi’u’ Coronatoris 
Note: Decorated initial ‘O’.
  276137rOfficiu’ Coronatoris141 
  277137vModus exceptionum. (Not in S.R.)De Excepc’o’ibus 
Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
  278138r1 Edw. 3, stat. 1. (S.R. 1:351–4)sortire discendit in patriam et post illam non ad aliud r’ 
Heading: Westm’ prim’ Regis nunc : Westm’ primum.
Note: This statute is frequently called ‘Come Hugh le Despenser’, as it is in the capitularium, from the first words of the preamble. The meaning of the header is unclear, though the reading is not. It may be an attempt to describe in brief compass the tangled events recited in the preamble to the statute.
  279138vWestm’ 
  280139rp’mu’ 
  281139vWestm’ 
  282140rp’mu’ 
  283140vWestm’ 
  284141rp’mu’ 
  285141vWestm’ 
  286142rp’mu’ 
  287142vWestm’ p’mu’ 
  288143rStatute of Northampton, 2 Edw. 3. (S.R. 1:257–61)De North’m’toun 
Note: (1) The page begins with ending of 1 Edw. 3, stat. 1, c. 8. (2) Decorated initial ‘N’.
  289143vNorth’mpton 
  290144rNorth’mpton’ 
  291144vNorthmpton 
  292145rNorth’mpton 
  293145vNorthmpton’ 
  294146rNorth’mpton’ 
  295146vNorth’mpton’ 
  296147rNorth’mpton’ 
  297147vNorth’mpton’ 
  298148rNorth’mpton’ 
  299148vStatute De presentibus vocatis ad warrantum, 20 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:108–9) 
Heading: Explicit statutum de Northampton; De Forinsecis Vocatis ad Warrantum in hustengio Londoniarum.
Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
  300149r 
  301149v 
  302150rDistrictiones scaccarii, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:197 (ter) – 198)Districc’ones Sc’carii 
Note: No decorated initial capital.
  303150v 
  304151r‘Statutes of the Exchequer’, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:197 (semel) – (ter)) 
Note: No decorated initial capital.
  305151vStatuta 
  306152rScaccarii [pencilled] 
  307152vStatuta 
  308153rSc’carii 
  309153vStatutum Hibernie de coheredibus, 20 Hen. 3. (S.R. 1:5)Statutu’ De Hibernia 
Note: No decorated initial capital. The scribe has added an ‘r’ where it ought to go.
  310154r?Ordinance [or Ecclesiastical Constitution] against Malicious Prosecution of Writs of Account and Trespass. (Not in S.R.)De Hibernia 
Heading: De impetrantibus & delose prosequentibus brevia Regis.
Note: (1) No decorated initial capital. The scribe has added a ‘d’ where it ought to go. (2) Not found. Not in Berry’s Statutes and Ordinances of Ireland, nor is there anything about it that seems specific to Ireland. Not in Baker’s Cambridge Legal Manuscripts. The language suggests an ordinance, although the heightened rhetoric may indicate that it is not. No clues as to date are given. Similar language is found in c. 16 of John Stratford’s provincial constitutions of 1342 (G. L. Bray, Records of Convocation: Canterbury 1313–1377, 218). Incipit: ‘Dierum invalescens malicia’. Explicit: ‘regni Anglie gubernaculum dirigit’
  311154v 
  312155rBlank 
  313155vNotes 
Note: (1) Pencilled notes of provenance transcribed from next page. (2) ‘Elizabeth’ near the top left-hand corner.
  314156rNotes 
Note: Notes of provenance partially transcribed on previous page, pen trials, and the name ‘Elizabeth Grey’.
  315156vNotes 
Note: Notes of provenance partially transcribed in pencil.
  316157rNotes 
Note: Notes of a transaction on Trinity Sunday 1534 not transcribed by Baker.
  317157vBlank 
  318158rBlank 
  319158vBlank 
  320159rBlank 
  321159vBlank 
  322160rNotes 
Note: (1) One folio torn out before this one. (2) Pencilled notes, illegible on the images.
  323160vNotes 
Note: The folio is wrinkled and the writing faint. This may be a sample writ or instructions about one. The script may be later than that of the rest of the manuscript, but it is so faint on the images that one cannot be sure.
  324161rNotes 
Note: Continuation of the previous page.
  325161vNotes 
Note: Continuation of the previous page for two lines.
  326162rBlank, except for line of text at the bottom of the page, very faint, perhaps rubbed out 
  327162vNotesDe iuramento 
Note: (1) Two texts in a script that seems later than that of the main text. The first is a text of an oath apparently sworn by the scribe of the book that he has made a faithful copy. This text deserves more attention than we have been able to give it. (2) The second is a list of seven cases where oaths are sworn in court. All the actions seem to be ecclesiastical. (3) Extra line of text at the bottom of the page indicating that book contains ?158 folios. This may be a note by the binder. It could be read more clearly under uv.
  328no fol., no sig.Inside back cover, bookplate from the library of George Dunn, Gift of the alumni of the Harvard Law School 
  329no fol., no sig.Back cover