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Detailed record for Arundel 56

Title Ci comence les cronicles qe ffrere Nichol Tryuet escript a dame Marie la fille mounseignour le Roi Edward le fitz Henri
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 14th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large initials in blue with red foliate pen-flourishing. Paraph marks in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 200 (220 x 145)
Official foliation ff. 79 (f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf; + 1 modern paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Tooled brown leather.
Provenance Unidentified owner, 1440: inscriptions (f. 1v).
Inscribed 'W Brugg' (f. 1v), 15th-century, and 'George Edward' (f. 78).
Lord William Howard (b. 1563, d. 1640), antiquary and landowner, the younger son of Thomas Howard (b. 1538, d. 1572), 4th duke of Norfolk: inscribed ‘William Howard 1589', and rampant lion crest (f. 2); bequeathed to his nephew, Thomas Howard.
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. 2; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XV.4.9’, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes F. 78v is a leaf with patterns, in ink and pricked, f. 79v has the 'Versus sibyllini 27 de die judicii' signed at the end 'Barton'; 15th century.
In the right corner of f. 1, a piece of parchment sewn on the flyleaf with the note 'Borrowed out of Earle de Arundell his (libra?)ry'.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part 1: The Arundel Manuscripts, pp. 11-12.

Ruth J. Dean, 'Nicholas Trevet, Historian', in Medieval Learning and Literature, Essays Presented to Richard William Hunt, ed. by J. J. G. Alexander and M. T. Gibson (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976), 328-352 (pp. 347, 352).

Ruth J. Dean, Anglo-Norman Literature: A guide to Texts and Manuscripts, Anglo-Norman Text Society, 3 (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), no. 70.
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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