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Detailed record for Arundel 48

Author Henry of Huntingdon
Title Historia Anglorum
Origin England
Date last quarter of the 12th or 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 bas-de-page drawing (f. 168v). Large initials in red, green and/or blue with penwork decoration or pen-flourishing in green (and red) or red (and green) (ff. 2, 3, 4, 20v, 34v, 53v, 84v, 101, 143v, ). Smaller and small initials in plain red or green, some with penwork decoration or pen-flourishing in green or red.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 160 (190 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 174 (f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf; + 2 modern paper and 1 medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Augustinian priory of St Mary, Southwick, Hampshire, 13th century: ownership inscriptions (ff. 2v-3, 10v, 58v-59, 67, 69v, 84v-85, 161); borrowed from the priory by John Leland in c. 1533 (see discussion Carley 2001).
Inscribed '95' (1st parchment flyleaf).
Lord William Howard, 1589 (b. 1563, d. 1640), antiquary and landowner, the younger son of Thomas Howard (b. 1538, d. 1572), 4th duke of Norfolk: inscribed 'Toto sed non Taleo: Aug. William Howard' (f. 2), 'William Howarde 1589' (f. 3), and rampant lion (f. 2v); 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: ‘XIII.1.9’, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Sketch of a human figure (recto of first medieval parchment flyleaf). Sketches of heraldic arms (f. 144).
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, p. 10.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd ed., Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: The Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 181.

Antonia Gransden, Historical Writing in England c. 550 to c. 1307 (London: Routlege and Kegan Paul, 1974), pp. 195 n. 79, 364 n. 59.

Suzanne Lewis, The Art of Matthew Paris in the Chronica Majora (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1987), pp. 37, 479 n. 128, fig. 15.

Henry, Archdeacon of Huntingdon: Historia Anglorum, The History of the English People, ed. and trans. by Diana Greenway (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1996), p. cxix (cited as 'A').

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London, 2000), p. xliv.

Michelle P. Brown, 'Marvels of the West: Giraldus Cambrensis and the Role of the Author in the Development of Marginal Illustration', in Decoration and Illustration in Medieval English Manuscripts, English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 10 (London: British Library, 2002), pp. 34-59 (pp. 50-51pl. 7).
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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Decorated initial

f. 2
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Decorated initial and ownership inscription

f. 84v
Decorated initial and ownership inscription
Detail

f. 84v
Detail
 
Detail

f. 84v
Detail
Decorated initial

f. 101
Decorated initial
Decorated initial and ownership inscription

f. 109v
Decorated initial and ownership inscription
 
Marginal drawing

f. 168v
Marginal drawing
Decorated initial

f. 169
Decorated initial
Coloured initial

f. 170v
Coloured initial
 

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