In 1563, Queen Elizabeth I came to Windsor. In honour of this occasion, members of Eton College, including students and masters, wrote a set of complimentary verses in Latin for her. On the verso of the elaborately-decorated title page is a dedication in Greek verse written by William Malim, the Head Master. Elizabeth had studied Greek in earlier years, and this dedication was presumably written with an eye to the Queen’s abilities in that language.
The Greek hand is untidy compared to the neatly-written Latin elsewhere in the manuscript.
Together with other collections of complimentary verses (all found under Royal 12 A), the manuscript was incorporated into the Royal Collections which George II presented to the British Museum in 1757.
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