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Beinecke MS 60 England, s. XIV^^1
Registrum brevium; Novae narrationes
1. ff. i-x (unfoliated) List of chapters for Registrum brevium
(follows approximately the order given in W. S. Holdsworth, A History
of English Law, v. 2 [London, 1923] pp. 617-32). Concludes with:
Sequuntur capitula breuium de ingressu.
2. ff. 1r-138r Registrum brevium. The first chapter Breue de recto
patens (in margin) begins with a writ of King Edward (Edwardus dei
gracia...balliuis suis Ebor' salutem...); ends with a paragraph
labelled De annua pensione. ff. 138v-144v blank, except for
miscellaneous scribblings and mathematical calculations
The text starts in a manner similar to Register R in Early
Registers of Writs edited by E. de Haas and G. D. G. Hall in Seldon
Society, v. 87 (London, 1970) pp. 108-18, but differs considerably
after section 43.
3. ff. 145r-204v Novae narrationes. The manuscript follows primarily
Text C (with numerous variations) edited by E. Shanks, Seldon Society,
v. 80 (London, 1963) pp. 144-305; it breaks off in C. 286: et exil en
le maner et les tenemenz auantditz s. abatu vn sale pris de xl, vn
chambre pris de v,// ff. 205r-209v random notes, signatures, etc.
4. f. 210r Part of an article of indenture (13 lines; 18th-century
hand), in English, concerning William Jenninges of Birmingham. f. 210v
Parchment, ff. ii (contemporary parchment) + 214 (no foliation for
table; medieval foliation for text, 1-204: leaf between 134 and 135
unnumbered, -101. The same person who foliated the text added the
appropriate folio numbers to the table in the margins.) + vi
(contemporary parchment; modern foliation, 205-10), 120 x 80 (81 x 49)
mm. Written in 27 long lines; single inner, double outer vertical
bounding lines, with additional ruling in outer margins; double
horizontal bounding lines (sometimes full across). Ruled in lead or
ink; remains of prickings in lower and outer margins.
I^^12 (unfoliated table; -11, 12, no loss of text), II-XI^^12,
XII^^12 (-5, f. 126), XIII-XVIII^^12. Catchwords along lower edge, near
Written in small, cramped anglicana by one scribe.
Twelve illuminated initials (crudely drawn and much rubbed), in
dark red, blue, gold, green, and orange, with simple borders extending
the length of the folio (cf. Paecht and Alexander, v. 3, fig. 545).
Paragraph marks in blue or gold throughout.
Lower half of ff. 33, 78 torn; large portions of text stained and
Binding: s. xv-xvi. Original sewing on four double, tawed cords
laced into flush wooden boards. The covering extends over the endbands
and is sewn around them. Traces of a secondary embroidery. Spine lined
with tawed skin extending to outside of boards. Covered with tawed,
cream-colored skin. A brass catch on the lower cover and traces of a
clasp attachment on the first few leaves. Lower board detached, upper
board and most of the spine covering wanting, probably for some time.
Written in England in the first half of the 14th century; the
codex bears evidence of extensive use. Owners of the 18th [?] century:
Thomas Cowper (signatures: ff. ix verso, x recto, 140v); Ambrose
Davenporte (note on f. 141r: "Ambrose Davenporte is a good boye"); John
Knighte (note on f. 205v; perhaps of the 17th century?). Belonged to
Mrs. Doctor James of New Hartford, New York (newspaper clipping [n.d.]
inside cover). Signatures of "Theo. H. Bradish, Utica, N.Y. 1856" on f.
209v and on clipping; "James P. Bradish, Philadelphia, 1857" on f.
209v; "George G. Kennedy, Roxbury Mass., Sept. 16 1857" on f. 206v.
Purchased from Malcolm Kennedy with the anonymous gift of a Yale
undergraduate in 1932.
secundo folio: Rex et
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 2, p. 2253, no. 60.
Barbara A. Shailor