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Detailed record for Arundel 69

Author Roger of Hoveden
Title Chronicle, including a prophecy in English
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin and English
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration 2 large puzzle initials in red and green (ff. 1, 159). Large simple initials in red or green, a few with pen-flourishing in the other colour, until ff. 159, at which point most flourished in red, green, or blue. From f. 212v including initials in blue with red pen-flourishing, and in red with blue pen-flourishing, and red or blue paraph marks. 1 diagram (f. 118). Paraphs in red or green. Guide letters.
Dimensions in mm 340 x 230 (245 x 150) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 265 (+ unfoliated modern paper flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance The Cistercian abbey of St Mary and St Edward, Netley, Hampshire (see Ker 1964 p. 133).
? 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; its book-plate, inside upper cover, with the pencil inscription 'XV 3.13').
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Contemporary and later insertions of text.
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. 15.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: The Royal Historical Society, 1964), pp. 22, 133.

David N. Bell, An Index of Authors and Works in Cistercian Libraries in Great Britain, Cistercian Studies Series, 130 (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1992), p. 131.

Margaret Laing, Catalogue of Sources for a Linguistic Atlas of Early Medieval English (Cambridge: Brewer, 1993), p. 66 [with additional bibligraphy].

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Decorated initials

f. 1
Decorated initials

f. 118

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