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Detailed record for Additional 5762

Author Robert Grosseteste, Ralph Hengham and others
Title Legal handbook with treatises on estate and household management,
Origin England
Date Last quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin and French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 12 puzzle initials in red and blue with pen flourishing (ff. 45, 65v, 70v, 71, 78v, 83, 87, 92, 102, 111, 126, 136). Marginal drawing in red (f. 32v) Initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in both colours. Paraphs in red or blue. Rubrics in red. Running titles and catchwords outlined in red. Some initials have been cut out (ff. 32v, 60, 89, 96, 131).
Dimensions in mm 220 x 150 (175/80 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 1* + 139 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Samuel Pegge (b. 1733, d. 1800), antiquary and writer, his sale, Leigh and Sotheby, London, 12 November 1800; bought by the British Museum, a note on f. [iii] verso: 'Purchased in Dr (sic) Pegges Sale Nov. 1800'). However, a handwritten note in the Catalogue of Additions, 1818 states, 'Add. 5671-2 do not appear to have been purchased at Pegge's sale. They are not in the Catalogue'.
Notes Contents include:
ff. 1-32: Registrum brevium;
ff. 32v-44v: Sume de la Chancellerie nostre Seygnur ke est appelle Fet a savouer, in French;
ff. 45-60: Magna Hengham, a legal treatise attributed, perhaps falsely, to Ralph Hengham (b. in or before 1235, d. 1311);
ff. 60-65v: Cadit assisa;
ff. 65v- 70v: Judicium Essoniorum and Calumpnia Essoniorum;
ff. 71-78v: Parva Hengham, a legal treatise probably composed by Ralph Hengham between 1285 and 1290;
ff. 78v-83: Summa, Cum sit necessarium;
ff. 83-87: Tractatus de bastardia;
ff. 87-92 Tractatus coronae, placita coronae;
ff. 92-96v: Articuli in narrando;
ff. 96v-101v: Exceptiones contra brevia;
ff. 102-111: De curia baronum;
ff. 111-125v: Brevia lacitata;
ff. 126-131: Casus cum brevibus extraneis;
ff. 131v-136r: Seneschaucy or seneschalcia (imperfect) in French (f. 131 is mutilated and there are 2 folios missing between ff. 135 and 136);
ff. 136r-139v: Reules Seynt Roberd, in French (The introduction to the first Rule ('Compositio maner[ium]') is given as the title of the treatise. The Bishop of Lincoln is omitted from Rule XXV.
The text is related to that of Additional MS 38821 and Cotton Otto C. xii (see Ochinsky (1971)).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of Additions made to the Library of Manuscripts in the British Museum since the Publication of Mr Ayscough's Catalogue. Vol II. 1818 (London: British Museum, 1835), pp. 19-20.

George Edward Woodbine, Four Thirteenth Century Law Tracts
(New Haven: Yale University Press,1910), pp. 27-36.

Radulphi de Hengham Summae, ed. by William Huse Dunham.
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1932), pp. lxxiv, lxxxiv, 86.

Dorothea Ochinsky, Walter of Henley and other Treatises on Estate Management and Accounting (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971), p. 15.

Paul Brand, 'Nothing which is new or unique: A reappraisal of the Judicium Essoniorum' in The Life of the Law: Proceedings of the Tenth British Legal History Conference, ed. by Peter Birks (Oxford, 1991), pp. 1-8 (pp. 2-3).

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), nos. 392-93.

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