Harvard University MS. Richardson 35

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Harvard MS Richardson 35
  • Matheson no.: 98
  • Date(s): 2nd half of C15.
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle.
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 3
  • Contents: 1: a table lettered a-g on one side, containing various symbols, e.g. a man in a hood, pair of hands, king etc. poss. a game, or a tool for prognostication, fol. 1v; 2: Brut chronicle, fols. 2r-94v; 3: a series of heraldic arms for various English knights, fols. 95r-105v (on fol. 106v is a blank shield with numbered and lettered horizontal sections).
  • Writing support: (mixed media mss: particular usage of parchment?)
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: 106 (+i?)
    • Blank leaves: 106r-v were prob. originally blank.
    • Quires:
    • Foliation: bottom inside corner.
    • Composite MS?
    • Booklets?:
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 11v; 23v; 33v; 45v; 52v; 71v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): none visible on film
    • Damage?: extensive: the outer half of fol. 1 has been cut away; fols. 2, 5, 12, 19, 22, 26, 32, 49, 54, 59, 62-64, 73-74(?), 76-77(?), 87, 96, 98 are all damaged at the bottom, with the entire margin cut away, miniatures excised, or portions torn off sometimes with loss of text; fols. 97, 99-104, 106 have had portions of the inner and outer margins cut away.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) not visible on film
b. columns: 2
c. lines: 37-57

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?: The bottom margins of the ms are decorated with (usually pairs of) beasts, grotesques, human figures and cities, Other illustrations also appear in the side margins.
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?:
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Secretary with Anglicana features. Single-compartment ‘a’; ‘d’ with looped ascender; double-compartment ‘g’.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: fol. 2r: space left for seven-line cap; rest of text: two-line infilled caps, prob. in colours, and one-line solid caps, prob. in colours; sometimes bar borders to one or both columns with pen flourishes (bar sometimes extends across the top margin as well); chapter headings and numbers, prob. in red, with line markers in a variety of intricate styles; occasional rubricated side notes, poss. in red; catchwords sometimes rubricated in scrollwork.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • 6r: ‘jhon non’, C17-18?; ‘John Vaughan’, C16, pen drawing of a bishop.
    • 7v: ‘David Morgan […]’, C17?
    • 16r: Erased marginalia.
    • 17r: Religious maxim, C15, drawing of man smoking a pipe, entitled ‘mocing bob’, C18? Comp. drawing on fol. 6r.
    • 21r: ‘mockin’, C18? See fol. 17r.
    • 23r: erased marginalia; ‘youre assured’, C17.
    • 26v: ‘tight rope 1574’, hand does not look C16 – poss. C18? glossator has added a tightrope to the miniature.
    • 30v: ‘11 october 1571 J lloyde’.
    • 34r: indenture, C15-16.
    • 51r: glossator has added a pipe to miniature, see fols. 17r, 21r, 26v.
    • 52r: ‘edward’ pen trial, C16.
    • 53r: erased marginalia, poss. ‘william’, C15? Poss. scribal.
    • 56r: religious maxim, C16.
    • 57r: ‘out [old?]nick 1536’, C17-18?
    • 60r: pen trials, C15.
    • 67r: indenture, C16.
    • 79r: ‘7 January 1577 As good the foe that hurteth not, as is the frend that healpeth not . quod Jo Vaughan’; pen trials, C16.
    • 79v: erased marginalia.
    • 83r: rycharte thomas of nethe’, C15-16.
    • 87v: ‘England, England […] England […], C16.
    • 94v: ‘Lewis Wogan his hand 1662’.
    • 104v: next to arms of Edward Stradling: ‘the fyld shold be asure’, C16.
    • 105r, 106r: Latin lines on the Normans, C16, erased or cancelled marginalia.
    • 106v: beginning of letter, (three times) C16; ‘Anthony maig ’, C18, ‘madon’, C16?
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C15? Gloss (smudged) on fol. 33r, poss. scribal side note.
    • C16 glosses on fols. 15r, 52r.  
    • C18 glosses on fols. 2v, 12r, 21r, 23r, 46r, 69v, [87r?], 90v, 101v, 102r, 103r.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): C15-16: poss. Richard Thomas; C16: poss. John Vaughan; John Lloyd; C17: poss. David Morgan; Lewis Wogan; C18? Poss. Anthony Maig.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities: some marginalia in Latin.
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Extended Version’, group EV-1419:A. See Matheson, PB, pp. 177-78, 184-87.
  • Evidence of exemplar:
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS:
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions:
  • Decoration:
  • Translation, language:

Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is largely based on SC. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:



Takamiya MS 12


BL MS Add. 12030
BL MS Harley 24

Rylands MS Eng. 105

Bodl. MS Rawl. B.187
Bodl. MS Tanner 188

Secondary Texts:
Fryde, E. B., D. E. Greenway, S. Porter, and I. Roy, eds., Handbook of Brit­ish Chronology. 3rd edn. (London: Royal Historical Society, 1986).


This ms seems to have Welsh connections in the late C15/early C16 into the late C16; note  the gloss on fol. 26v, ‘walys’, C15-16.

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