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Beinecke MS 617
England, c. 1480??
List of English knights with their blazons, in French
ff. 313r-321v // Sir William Brannson, pale de argent e de asure a une bende de goules e III
egles de or. Sir William Vesci, de or a une crois de sable. Sir Edward Burnell, de argent a un lion
de sable corone de or. Sir William Martyn, de argent a II barres de goules ... Shropshyre. Sir
William de Bottiller, de goules crusule d'or a une fesse chekere d'argent et de sable. Sir Rauf le
Bottiller, de goules a une fesse chekere d'or et de sable, en le chef II moles d'or. Sir William le
Bottiller de Wemme, de azur a une bende e VI coupes d'or. Sir William Pichard Meyand, les
armes a un labell d'azur. [there follow 11 names added by a later hand].
The names are arranged by counties. The names of the counties are written by the same hand in
the left margin and the total number of names in a county is sometimes added. Apart from the
first group, the beginning of which is lost, they are: "Cornewaille e Devenshyre", "Dorset e
Somersett", "Wylteshire e Hampershere", "Sussex e Surrey", "Kent", "Middelsex" ,
"Barkeshyre", "Oxenfordshyre", "Bokinghamshyre", "Bedfordshyre", "Hertfordshyre", "Essex",
"Sowthfolke", "Northfolk", "Cambrygshyre", "Derby e Nottingham", "Le Counte de Nichele",
"Leycetershyre", "Warwykshyre", "Wyrcestreshyre", "Gloucestreshyre", "Herefordshyre",
"Chestreshyre", Shropshyre". In the lower margins the number of names recorded on each page is
mentioned (about 50).
Paper, ff. II + 8 + VIII, 305 x 205 mm. Watermark The manuscript is a section of a large
manuscript and is foliated "313"-"321" (f. "318" is missing). Edges and folds of most leaves
Written in one column, the left margin is marked by a vertical fold in the paper. There is no
horizontal ruling and the number of lines per page varies.
Copied by one hand in Gothica Cursiva Libraria (Secretary).
Binding s. XX: half leather (dark brown sprinkled calf) over cardboard covered with blue-grey
marbled paper. On the spine gold-tooled inscription "ENGLISH KNIGHTS. MS - ABOUT -
Gift of Mrs. Richard Gimbel, 27 October 1976.
Shailor, "Acquisitions", p. 100.