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HLS MS No. 59

England. Statutes, Magna Carta to 12 Edw. 2
Abbreviated Anglo-Norman Brut
Tracts and Documents

ca. 1318 (with later additions)

http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HLS.LIBR:13405541

 

 

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Seq. Fol. Label Header Sig.  
1no fol., no sig.Spine 
2no fol., no sig.Front cover 
3no fol., no sig.Inside front cover 
4no fol., no sig.Library reference marks 
5no fol., no sig.Blank 
6no fol., no sig.Blank 
7no fol., no sig.Blank 
81rCalendar 
  Note: The calendar begins in May and runs through December. The first page is stained and faded, as if it once stood at the head of an unbound quire. It is done entirely in pen-work, without color. We have not analyzed the saints for regional variation.
91v 
102r 
112v 
123r 
133v 
144r 
154v 
165rBrut Chronicle. (Not in S.R.) 
  Note: This is an extract from the abbreviated Anglo-Norman Brut. It is not generally known among the many manuscripts of that text. It is defective at the beginning. The first page that we have describes the king of Winchester as having Gloucester, Winchester, and Warwick; the king of East Anglia, Cambridge, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex, and the king of Northumberland, all the land beyond the Humber.
175v 
186r 
196v 
207r 
217v 
228r 
238v 
249r 
259v 
2610r 
2710r 
2810v 
  Note: Addition in bottom margin in a different ink.
2911rConfirmatio cartarum, 25 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:122–4) 
  Heading: Explicit buitus abreviatus Incipit confirmacio cartar’.
  Note: The abbreviated Brute closes with a very brief account of the reign of Edward I (the original version stopped in 1272), and closes with a mention of the succession of his son.
3011v 
3112rCartar’ 
3212vConfirmacio 
3313rSentencia lata super confirmatione cartarum, 25 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:126) 
  Heading: Sentencia.
  Note: For fol. 13v, see seq. 323.
3414r 
3514vBlank 
3615rMagna Carta, as confirmed 25 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:114–19) 
  Note: Elaborately decorated initial ‘E’, unfinished.
3715vMagna 
3816rCarta 
3916vMagna 
4017r 
4117v 
4218rCarta 
4318vMagna 
4419rCarta 
4519vMagna 
4620rCarta 
4720vMagna 
4820vMagna 
4921rCarta 
5021vForest Charter, as confirmed 25 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:120–2)Magna Carta 
  Heading: Exp’ Magna Carta Inc’ Carta Foreste.
5122rCarta Foreste 
5222vCarta 
5323rForeste 
5423vCarta 
5524rForeste 
5624vCarta 
  Note: The page ends at paragraph 16 of the Forest Charter.
5725rProvisions of Merton, 20 Hen. 3. (S.R. 1:1–4)De Mertone 
  Note: The page begins at paragraph 4 of the Provisions of Merton.
5825vStatutum 
5926rMerton’ 
6026v 
6127r 
6227v 
  Note: Carryover indicating quire break.
6328r 
6428v 
6529rMerton’ 
6629vMerton’ 
6730rMerton’ 
6830v 
6931rMerton’ 
7031vMerton’ 
  Note: The page ends at paragraph 16 of the Provisions of Merton. The rest (?) of the text was misbound at fol. 56.
7132rStatute of Westminster I, 3 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:26–39)Primu’ 
  Note: The page begins in the middle of the Statute of Westminster I.
7232vWestm’ 
7333rPrimu’ 
7433vWestm’ 
7534rPrimu’ 
7634vWestm’ 
7735rPrimu’ 
7835vWestm’ 
7936rPrimu’ 
8036vWestm’ 
8137rprimu’ 
8237vWestm’ 
8338rPrimu’ 
8438vWestm’ 
8539rprimu’ 
8639vWestm’ 
8740rPrimu’ 
8840vWestm’ 
8941rprimu’ 
9041vWestm’ 
9142rprimu’ 
9242vWestm’ 
9343rPrimu’ 
9443vWestm’ 
9544rprimu’ 
9644vWestm’ 
9745rprimu’ 
9845vWestm’ 
9946rPrimu’ 
10046vWestm’ 
10147rprimu’ (cut off) 
10247vWestm’ (cut off) 
10348rprimu’ (cut off) 
10448vWestm’ (cut off) 
10549r 
10649vWestm’ 
10750rPrimu’ 
10850vWestm’ 
10951rStatute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:45–50)Primu 
  Heading: Explicit statutu’ Westm’ prim’ Incipit statutum Gloucestr’.
11051vGlouc’(?) 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’, unfinished.
11152rGlouc’ 
11252vGlouc’ 
11353r 
  Note: Visible binding material.
11453v 
11554r 
11654v 
11755rGlouc’ 
11855vStatutu’ 
  Note: The page ends at paragraph 7 of the Statute of Gloucester.
11956r(1) Provisions of Merton, 20 Hen. 3. (2) Statute of Marlborough, 52 Hen. 3. [S.R. (1) 1:1–4 (2) 1:19–25]De M’ton 
  Heading: Explicit M’ton’ Inc’ Marleb’ge.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘A’, unfinished. (2) This appears to be a misbound folio from the last instance of the Statute of Merton. It belongs after fol. 31.
12056vMarleb’ 
  Note: The page ends in the middle of the Statute of Marlborough.
12157r(1) Statute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1. (2) ‘Explanation’ of statute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1. [S.R. (1) 1:45–50 (2) 1:50]Glouc’ 
  Heading: Explicit statutu’ Gloucestr’ Incipiunt Explanac’ eiusdem.
  Note: The page begins in the last paragraph of the Statute of Gloucester.
12257vExplanac’ 
12358rStatute of Westminster II, 13 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:71–95)Gloucest’ 
  Heading: Expliciunt explanaciones Glouc’ Incipit statutum Westm’ Secundi.
12458vWestm’ 
12559rsc’dm 
12659vWestm’ 
12760rsc’dm 
12860vWestm’ 
12961rSecundi 
13061vWestm’ 
13162rSecundi 
13262vWestm’ 
13363rSecundi 
13463vWestm’ 
13564rSc’di 
13664vWestm’ 
13765rsc’dm 
13865vWestm’ 
13966rSc’dm 
14066vWestm’ 
14167rSc’dm 
14267vWestm’ 
14368rSc’dm 
14468vWestm’ 
14569rSc’dm 
14669vWestm’ 
14770rSc’dm 
14870vWestm’ 
14971rSc’dm 
15071vWestm’ 
15172rSc’dm 
15272vWestm’ 
15373rSc’dm 
15473vWestm’ 
15574rSecund’ 
15674vWestm’ 
15775rSc’dm 
15875vWestm’ 
15976rSc’dm 
16076vWestm’ 
16177rSc’dm 
16277vWestm’ 
16378r 
16478v 
16579r 
16679v 
16780rSc’dm 
16880vWestm’ 
16981rSc’dm 
17081vWestm’ 
17182rSc’dm 
17282vWestm’ 
17383rSc’dm 
17483vWestm’ 
17584rSc’dm 
17684vWestm’ 
17785rSc’dm 
17885vWestm’ 
17986rSc’dm 
18086vWestm’ 
18187rSc’dm 
18287vWestm’ 
18388rSc’dm 
18488vWestm’ 
18589rSc’dm 
18689vWestm’ 
18790rSc’dm 
18890vWestm’ 
18991rSc’dm 
19091vWestm’ 
19192rSc’dm 
19292vWestm’ 
19393rSc’dm 
19493vWestm’ 
19594rSc’dm 
19694vWestm’ 
19795rSc’dm 
19895vStatute of Westminster III, 18 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:106)Westm’ 
  Heading: Explicit statutum Westm’ Secundi; Incipit statutum Westm’ Tercii.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘Q’, unfinished. (2) The page ends in the first paragraph of the Statute of Westminster III.
19996rDe viris religiosis, 7 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:51)Relig’ 
  Note: The page begins in the middle of De viris religiosis.
20096vStatute of Merchants, 13 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:98–100) 
  Heading: Explicit statutorum Religiosorum Incipit statutum Mercatorum.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’, unfinished.
20197rMercator’ 
  Note: A folio may be cut out before this one, but the text continues without a break.
20297vStatutu’ 
20398rm’cator’ 
20498vStatutu’ 
20599rm’cator’ 
20699vStatutu’ 
207100rm’cator 
208100vStatutu’ 
209101rStatute of Winchester, 13 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:96–8)m’cator’ 
  Heading: Explicit statutum mercator’ Incipit statutum Wynton’.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’, unfinished.
210101vStatutu’ 
  Note: Characters in later script in lower margin; meaning unclear.
211102rWynton’ 
212102vStatutu’ 
213103rWynton’ 
214103vStatutu’ 
215104rWynton’ 
216104vArticles of inquiry on the statute of Winchester, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:245–6)Statutu’ Wynton’ 
  Heading: Explicit statutum Wynton’ Incipiunt Articuli eiusdem.
217105rArticuli eiusd’ 
218105vExplanation in French of the Statute of writs for making inquisitions of land to be put in mortmain, 20 Edw. 1. (S.R. cf. 1:111)Articuli eor’dem 
  Heading: Statutum de terris perquirendis de gracia Regis.
  Note: This text does not seem to be in Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts.
219106r 
220106vStatute of Fines, 27 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:126–30)de terr’ perquirend’ 
  Heading: Explicit statutum de terris perquirendis de gra’ Reg’ Incipit Statutum De Finibus.
  Note: Decorated letter ‘Q’, unfinished.
221107rStatutu’ de finibus 
222107vStatutu’ 
223108rDe finibus 
224108v 
  Note: The page ends in the middle of the Statute of Fines.
225109r(1) Statute of Carlisle, 35 Edw. 1. (2) De illis qui debent poni in iuratis et assisis, 21 Edw. 1. [S.R. (1) 1:150–2 (2) 1:113]De Karlele 
  Heading: Explicit statutum De Karlele Incipit Statutum de assis et Iurat’.
  Note: (1) The page begins in the middle of the Statute of Carlisle. (2) Grotesque.
226109vAssie’ et Iurat 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’, unfinished.
227110rStatute of Waste, 20 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:109–10)Assi’e et Iurat’ 
  Heading: Expliciunt assis’ et Iurat’ Inc’ stat’ De vasto facto Tempore alieno.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘W’, unfinished.
228110vDe vasto facto 
229111rTempore aliento 
230111vDe proteccionibus non allocandis, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:217)Protectiones 
  Heading: Explicit Statutum de Vasto facto temp’ al’ Incipiunt protection’ D’m Regis.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’, unfinished.
231112rCircumspecte agatis, 13 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:101–2)D’m Reg’ 
  Heading: Expliciunt protectiones D’ni Regis Incip’ statut’ circumspecte agatis.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘R’, unfinished.
232112vStatute of Joint-tenants, 34 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:145–7) 
  Heading: Explicit Statutum circumspecte agatis Incipit statutum de coniunctim feoffatis.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘E’, unfinished.
233113rDe coniunct’ feoff’ 
234113vDe coniunctim 
235114rFeoffatis 
236114vDe coniunctim 
237115rDistinctiones socagii. (Not in S.R.)Feoffatis 
  Heading: Explicit statutum de coniunctim feoffatis Incipiunt distinctiones sokag’.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘S’, unfinished. (2) For the text, see Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts 97, citing a number of manuscripts, including this one. His fol. reference is to the pencilled foliation in the upper right-hand corner, which is one less than our digital foliation
238115vDistinctiones 
239116rDe wardis et releviis, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:228)Sokagii 
  Heading: Expliciunt distinctiones Sokagii Incipiunt Warde et Relevie.
240116vWarde 
241117rView of frankpledge, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:246–7)et Relevie 
  Heading: Explicit statutum Warde et relevie Incipit visus francii plegii.
  Note: Decorative initial ‘P’, unfinished.
242117vVisus 
243118rDe homagio et fidelitate faciendis, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:227–8)vis franc’ pleg’ 
  Heading: Explicit visus franc’ pleg’ Incipit modus faciendi homagium.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’, unfinished.
244118vmodus 
245119rDies communes in banco, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:208)Faciend’ homag’ 
  Heading: Explicit modus faciendi homagium Incipiunt dies communes in banco.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘S’, unfinished.
246119vDies communes de dote, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:208)Dies communes in Banco 
  Heading: Explicit Dies Communes in Banco Sequitur Dies Dotis.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘S’, unfinished. Unusually, this letter is part of the heading.
247120rJudicium pillorie, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:201–2)Dies Dotis 
  Heading: Incipit Iudicium Pillorie.
248120vExposicio vocabulorum. (Not in S.R.) 
  Heading: Explicit Iudicium Pillorie Incipiunt posiciones vocabulor’ et cart’.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘S’, unfinished. (2) This is a French version of the text that appears in HLS MS 58 in Latin. For this text, see Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts 73, with reference to a number of manuscripts including this one. His folio reference is from the upper right-hand corner, which is one less than our digital foliation
249121rp 
250121v 
251122rModus calumpniandi essoniam, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:217–18) 
  Heading: Explicit Interpretatio Sok et Sak Hic incip’ mod’ Calumpdiand’ Essonia.
  Note: There may be a folio cut out before this one, but the text continues without a break.
252122vStatute of weights and measures, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:204–5) 
  Heading: Incipit compositio monete.
  Note: The statute of Weights and Measures is divided here into two parts and varies somewhat from the text given in S.R.
253123r 
  Heading: Incipit compositio ponder’.
254123v 
255124r 
256124v 
257125r 
258125vHymn invoking the Blessed Virgin, alliterating on ‘p’. (Not in S.R.) 
  Note: Written in a more informal hand and hard to read on the image. It is very close to, without being quite the same as, the hymn on the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin in Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi 15 (1893) 93 (no. 64). (Our thanks to Jan Ziolkowski for the reference.) Incipit: ‘Plaude potentissima parens plasmatoris / Persona purissima puella pudoris’. Explicit: ‘Provide ?psalterie protege presentes / ?Preganda preteritos pestimo pacientes / Ave etc Concede etc’.
259126r 
  Note: The note at the end of verses in a later hand needs more time than we have been able to give it. It offers statistics, but also seems to refer to beheading, and to the Percy family.
260126v(1) Mandate to a justice of the peace. (2) Prerogativa regis, temp. incert. [S.R. (1) Not in S.R (2) 1:226–7] 
  Heading: (1) Preceptum iusticiar’ regis de pace. (2) prerogativa Regis.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘Q’, unfinished. (2) Two different hands. (3) The mandate is to John Moygne, a JP in Dorset, that he compel John Botiler to give security to keep the peace with regard to Peter Armyner whom Botiler is threatening.
261127r 
262127v 
263128r 
264128v 
265129r 
266129v 
267130r 
  Heading: Explicit.
268130vAssize of bread and ale, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:199–200) 
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘Q’, unfinished. (2) The text deals only with bread, is in French, and seems to vary from that in S.R.
269131r 
270131vMandate to a JP enforcing the statute of Labourers. (Not in S.R.) 
  Note: The mandate refers to ‘E. nuper rex’ and probably dates from the time of Richard II.
271132r(1) Consuetudines et assise de foresta, temp. incert. (2) Statutum de antiquo dominico corone. [S.R. (1) 1:243–5 (2) Not in S.R.] 
  Heading: Explicit de Consuetudine foreste Inc’ De Antiquo D’mco corone.
  Note: (1) Original hand resumes. (2) The page begins in the last sentence of Consuetudines et assise de foresta. (3) The second item is an opinion of Anger of Ripon, chief clerk of CB, c. 1290–91. See Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts 49–50, citing numerous manuscripts, including this one, and noting that this copy is deficient at the end.
272132vDe Antiquo D’mco Corone 
273133rStatute of Exeter, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:210–12)Statutu’ Exonie 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’, unfinished.
274133vStatutum 
275134rExonie 
276134vStatutum 
277135rStatute of Exeter, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:210–12)Exonie 
  Heading: Expliciunt Statut’ Exonie Incipiunt Articula eordem.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘P’, unfinished. (2) Statute divided into two parts.
278135vArticuli 
279136r 
280136vArticuli 
281137rExonie 
282137vArticuli 
283138rExonie 
284138v 
285139rCircumspecte agatis, 13 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:101–2) 
  Heading: Explicit statutum exonie et articuli eordem Incipit Regia prohibicio.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘S’, unfinished. (2) Second instance of Circumspecte agatis (different section).
286139v 
287140rDe bigamis, 4 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:42–3)Prohibicio 
  Heading: Explicit Regia prohibicio Incipit statutum de Bigamis.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘I’, unfinished.
288140vDe Bigamis 
289141rYes (cut off) 
  Note: There may be a folio cut out before this one, but the text proceeds without a break.
290141vDe anno et die, 40 Hen. 3. (S.R. 1:7)De anno bisextili 
291142rConsuetudines et assise de foresta, temp. incert.. (S.R. 1:243–5)Consuetudo de foresta 
  Heading: Explicit De Anno Bisextili Incip’ Consuet’ assi’e de Foresta.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘S’, unfinished. (2) This is the second instance of this statute.
292142vConsuetudo 
293143rDe Foresta 
294143vDe Foresta 
  Note: The page ends in the middle of Consuetudines et assise de foresta.
295144r(1) De militibus, temp. incert. (2) Districtiones scaccarii, temp. incert% [S.R. (1) 1:229 (2) 1:197 (ter) – 198]De militibus 
  Heading: Explicit de militibus Incipiunt Districciones scakarii.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘P’, unfinished. (2) The page begins in the middle of De militibus.
296144vDistricciones 
297145rSc’car’ 
298145vDistricciones 
299146rScaccarii 
300146vDistriccio’es 
301147rScc’ii 
  Heading: Expliciunt distriction’ Scaccar’.
  Note: Grotesque.
302147vOrdre de exceptioner. (Not in S.R.) 
  Heading: Incipit ordr’ de excepcion’.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘O’, unfinished. (2) Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts 70, identifies this text not as as a French version of the common Ordo exceptionum, but rather as an extract from the Curia baronis (HLS MS 162, fol. 176r).
303148rDe ex...(trimmed) 
304148vOrdr’ de 
305149rYes (trimmed) 
306149vOrdr’ de 
307150rExner(?) 
  Heading: Explicit ordr’ de Excepcioner.
308150vStatute of York, 12 Edw. 2. (S.R. 1:177–9) 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’, unfinished.
309151r 
310151v 
311152r 
312152v 
313153r 
  Heading: Explicit statutu’ Eboraci.
314153v(1) Littera attornatus ad placitandum. (2) Littera obligacionis. [S.R. (1) Not in S.R (2) Not in S.R] 
  Heading: (1) Littera attorn’ ad pl’itand’. (2) Littera obligac’.
  Note: Forms for making attorney and for obligations. A second example of the latter continues on the next folio, although that folio seems to be tipped in.
315154r 
  Note: Folio tipped in.
316154v 
  Note: (1) Text very faded. (2) For fol. 155, see seq. 324–5.
317no fol., no sig.Blank 
318no fol., no sig.Blank 
319no fol., no sig.Library reference marks with description of binding and repair, tipped in 
320no fol., no sig.Blank 
321no fol., no sig.Blank 
322no fol., no sig.Blank 
32313v 
  Note: This image should follow seq. 33. It is the continuation of the sentence of excommunication of 1297.
324155rTable of kings 
  Note: (1) This and the following image should follow seq. 316. (2) This list of the kings of England and the number of years of their reigns goes from William I through Henry IV, and so was probably done some time in the reign of Henry V.
325155vBlank 
326no fol., no sig.Inside back cover 
327no fol., no sig.Back cover