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Detailed record for Arundel 35

Author William of Malmesbury
Title Gesta regum Anglorum, imperfect
Origin England, S. (Winchester?)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 1 large red initial with green, red, blue, and brown foliate decoration (f. 1). 6 large initials in red (often oxidised) or green, mostly simple, but some with decoration in the other colour or also with yellow (ff. 1v, 10v, 31v, 32, 86, 111).
Dimensions in mm 310 x 185 (230 x 135) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 153 (+ unfoliated paper flyleaves)
Collation i-ii8 (ff. 1-16), iii-xii10 (ff. 17-116), xiii8 (ff. 117-124), xiv10 (ff. 125-134), xv8 (ff. 135-142), remainder unclear (ff. 142-153).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. The edges of the leaves yellow.
Provenance ? Winchester cathedral or Hyde abbey: personal names are often written in capitals in the text, but that of St Swithun (f. 73) is enlarged, and 'GRIMBALDU(M) patronu(m) eccl(esi)e' (f. 41) is in darker ink (over an erasure?); added marginal notes include 'Alfredus fundator Hyde' (f. 42, lower margin); Dackomb (see below) had a number of manuscripts from Winchester.
? Thomas Dackomb b. 1496, d. c.1572), rector of St Peter Colebrook, Winchester, and later vicar of Nutley, in the same diocese: erased inscription (f. 1) (see Watson 1963).
? Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician.
Henry Howard (b. 1628, d. 1684), 6th duke of Norfolk, presented to the Royal Society in 1667.
The Royal Society, London: its ink stamp 'Soc. Reg. Lond / ex dono HENR. HOWARD / Norfolciensis.' (f. 1).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part I: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 8.

Willelmi Malmesbiriensis monachi, De gesta regum Anglorum, ed. by William Stubbs, 2 vols, Rolls Series, 90 (London: Rolls Commission, 1887-1888), I, pp. lxvi-lxvii (as 'Al 1').

Andrew G. Watson, A Sixteenth-century Collector: Thomas Dackomb, 1496-c. 1572, The Library, 18 (1963), 204-17 (p. 212, no. 4).

William of Malmesbury, Gesta Regum Anglorum , ed. and trans. by R. A. B. Mynors, R. M. Thomson, and M. Winterbottom, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998-9), I, p. xv (this manuscript as A1).

Andrew G. Watson, Medieval Manuscripts in Post-Medieval England (Aldershot: Ashgate/Variorum, 2004), pp. III 212.


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ff. 31v-32
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f. 31v
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