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Detailed record for Stowe 62

Author William of Newburgh, and others
Title Historia Anglorum, to 1198, with a table of chapters, preceded by the author's dedicatory letter; various sermons (ff. 159-172)
Origin England, N.?
Date 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration 6 large initials in red, blue, or green with penword foliate decoration in the other colours, characterised by Lawrence as 'split-petal' and 'three-lobed-bud' motifs at the beginning of the prologue and of books (ff. 3, 3v, 29, 59, 93v, 130v). Large initials in red or green, usually with penwork decoration in green, red, or blue, or sometimes in two colours. Small simple initials in red or green.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 175 (200 x 135) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 174 (f. 1 is a parchment flyleaf + numerous unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. White leather over pasteboard.
Provenance The Augustinian priory of St Mary, Newburgh: 13th-century inscriptions 'Liber sancte Marie de Nouo Burgo' (ff. 2v, 3).
John Wells: 16th-century inscription (f. 2).
? Sir Henry Spelman (b. 1563/4, d. 1641), historian and antiquary: inscription '16 Aug. 1633, precium 16s' (f. 2v).
Sir Roger Twysden, (b. 1597, d. 1672), 2nd baronet, antiquary: his signature (f. 1, affixed to inside upper cover; chapters 5-15 of book 3 and 10-12 of book 4 supplied by him on parchment copied from Lambeth Library MS 73, ff. 68-81 and 101-102).
Sir Thomas Sebright (d. 1736): the manuscript owned by him at the time of the edition of the text by T. Hearne, 1719.
Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1776, d. 1839), 1st duke of Buckingham and Chandos, of Stowe House, near Buckingham.
Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1797, d. 1861), 2nd duke of Buckingham and Chandos: sold in 1849 to Lord Ashburnham.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham, of Ashburnham Place, Sussex.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1840, d. 1913), 5th earl of Ashburnham: purchased by the British Museum from him together with 1084 other Stowe manuscripts in 1883.
Notes Holes with rust (ff. 170-174), evidence of former chain holes.
Various inscriptions (ff. 173-174).
Select bibliography Historia Rerum Anglicarum of William of Newburgh, ed. by Richard Howlett, 4 vols, Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages, Rolls Series, 82 (London: Rolls Commission, 1884-1889), I, p. xi and as ‘S’ as the basis for the edition.

Catalogue of the Stowe Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1896), I, no. 62.

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: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 133.

R. W. Hunt, 'The Library of the Abbey of St Albans', in Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts & Libraries: Essays Presented to N. R. Ker, ed. by M. B. Parkes and Andrew G. Watson (London: Scolar Press, 1978), pp. 251-278 (p. 265 n. 77).

Anne Lawrence, ‘The Artistic Influence of Durham Manuscripts’, in Anglo-Norman Durham 1093-1193, ed. by David Rollason, Margaret Harvey, and Michael Prestwich (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1994), pp.451-469 (p. 469 n. 55).

Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Manuscripts in Northumbria in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries (Woodbridge: Brewer, 2003), p. 187, pl. 68.


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