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Detailed record for Arundel 220

Author Trivet, Walter of Bibbesworth
Title Miscellany of mostly historical texts
Origin England, East
Date 2nd quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin and French, some English (e.g. f. 310)
Script Gothic and Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large historiated initial, developing a full border, in colours and gold (f. 7). Small initials in blue with red (foliate) pen-flourishing, some with a human head (e.g. f. 184v). Paraph marks in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 230 x 165 (165 x 110 or 160 x 135) some texts in two columns
Official foliation ff. 328 (+ 1 unfoliated original leaf after f. 298; + 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. f. 1 shows traces of medieval boards and lacing.
Provenance Perhaps in East Anglia, second quarter of the 14th century: Annals (ff. 313-328v) are entered by one main hand as far as the year 1329 (f. 322); several entries relate to Norwich and Bury St Edmunds.
Easter table (f. 307v) gives the dates of Eastern from 1368 onwards; the quire with the calendar (ff. 307-314) is perhaps a later addition. History of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Norwich is recorded in detail.
In the calendar is added 'Petrus Bovyll obiit 1516' (f. 313v).
Unidentified owner, 1516: inscribed in English 'The vi. of December in a. .xvi et a. viii Henrici Octavi, dyed Perye Beovylle, Esquyer, at Sent Alyn ybered.'(?) (f. 328v).
Probably in Cornwall or Herefordshire, 16th century: St Piran is added to the calendar on 5 March (f. 309), and note on Joseph of Aramathea (f. 277).
? 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. 7).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Contents:
Prologue to the Prophesies of Merlin in French (ff. 4,5)
Trivet's Brut (ff. 7-266)
Anglo-Norman Pseudo-Turpin Chronicle (ff. 284-298v)
Walter de Bibbesworth : Tretiz de Langage (ff. 299-305v)
Satires and verses, including Perilous Days, in french verse (f.305v-307)
Easter table (ff. 315-328v).
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. 62-63.

T. Wright, 'The Treatise of Walter de Biblesworth' in A Volume of Vocabularies, 2 vols (London:Library of National Antiquities, 1857), I,pp. 142-174 [edition of the text of this manuscript].

Annie Owen, Le Traité de Walter de Bibbesworth sur la Langue Française (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1929).

Ian Short, The Anglo-Norman Pseudo-Turpin Chronicle of William de Briane (Oxford: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1973).

Medieval Learning and Literature, Essays presented to Richard William Hunt, ed. by J. J. G. Alexander and M. T. Gibson (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976), pp. 335, 350.

Ruth J. Dean, ' Nicholas Trevet, Historian' in Medieval Learning and Literature (1976) 328-352.

François Avril and Patricia Danz Stirnemann, Manuscrits enluminés d’origine insulaire VIIe-XXe siècle (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1987), p. 148.

Walter de Bibbesworth Le Tretiz, ed. by William Rothwell (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1990), pp. 1, 3-29 [edition of the text].

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999) , 79, 285.

Wolfgang-Valentin Ikas, Martin von Troppau (Martinus Polonus), O.P. (d. 1278) in England: Überlieferungs- und wirkungsgeschichtliche Studien zu dessen Papst- und Kaiserchronik, Wissensliteratur im Mittelalter, 40 (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2002), pp. 41, 54, 60, 97, 130-35, 161, 272, 292 (as A9).
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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Historiated initial and border

f. 7
Historiated initial and border
Detail: Historiated initial

f. 7
Detail: Historiated initial

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