BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
A Copie of the grants of the liberties of the Eyre of London.
London, England; early sixteenth century (during the reign of Henry
VII). Parchment; 22 ff.; 750 x 290 mm.; 1 column. Dry-point ruling.
Chancery script. Bound in a vellum wrapper.
On the wrapper is written "Thomas Binkheued who sold it to Raph
Wilbraham" A shelf mark is also written on the cover but is not
Comments: This manuscript was originally a roll, as can be seen by
the sewing holes extending across the bottom of each page. The leaves
were separated and sewn together in a quire form and bound in a vellum
wrapper. The manuscript is an affirmation by King Henry VII of the
rights given to the city of London by previous kings. It includes a
copy of the charter in Old English presented by William the Conqueror
to Bishop William, the Portreeve Geoffrey de Mandeville and the
citizens of London, affirming the laws and rights they held under
Edward the Confessor. A charter is also included granting lands from
WIlliam I to Deorman. The first charter is printed in Stubbs "Select
Charters" (9th ed., Oxford, 1913) p. 97, and in Liebermann "Gesetze der
Angelsachsen," vol. 1, p. 486. Facsimiles of the originals of both
charters are in Sharp, "London and the Kingdom" vol. 1 (London, 1894).
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