Lambeth Palace MS. 738

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Production Practicalities:

  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: LP MS 738
  • Matheson no. 33
  • Date: late C15
  • Type of book: chronicle collection (2 items)
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • Writing support: Paper or Parchment?: Paper
  • Watermark: Not discernable from microfilm
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: 244 (some fols. are fragments, see (g) below).
    • Quires: 14 loose leaves, then a-d8 (7 cancel); e-i8; k8 (wants 1); l-o8 (four are left, 2, 6-8 missing); p8 (wants 5); q-y8; z8 (wants 1);aa12; bb14; cc? (seven left); dd (two left); ee? (fourteen: string of quire after 3rd and fragments after 14th).
    • Foliation: modern ink, top left hand corner; also up to fol. 8, in pencil, lagging by 1 fol. Note: fol. 10a; fol. after 118 not foliated (referred to as 118a in this description); fol. after 203 not foliated (referred to as 203a in this description).  Early ink foliation  (roman numerals) may give a good sense of the manuscript’s construction when finished by scribe B.
    • Booklets?: poss. two booklets, although scribe B works on both texts: quires a-cc (Brut); dd-ee (Deposition of Richard II). Alternatively, scribe A (quires a-y) then scribe B, (quires z-ee).
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 8v; 22v (not matched on fol. 23r, text jumps back several chapters, see ‘construction of LP 738); 45v; 53v;59v; 61v; 69v; 78v; 92v; 100v; 197v; 208v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): 15?; 23?; 39r?,‘d’; 46r, ‘e’; 53r, ‘f’; 62r, ‘g’; 69r, ‘h’; 78r, ‘i’; 82r, ‘iij’; 86r?, ‘k’?; 88r, ‘d iiij’; 93r, ‘l’, (‘f’?); 101r, ‘m’; 109r, ‘n’; 117r, ‘o’; 120r, ‘p’; (124r, ‘p’); 127r, ‘q’; 131r, ‘q’?; 135r, ‘r’; 139?; 143r, ‘s’; 147, ‘s’; 157, ‘t’; 155, ‘t’; 159r, ‘v’; 167r, ‘x’; 175r, ‘y’; 183r, ‘z’; (186r, ‘d’); (187r, ‘e’); 198r, ‘aa’; 209r, ‘bb’; 223r, ‘cc’; 229r, ‘dd’; 230r, ‘dd’; 232r, ‘ee?’;
    • Damage?: fols. 1, 192, 229, 243, 244 mutilated; leaves between fols. 123-124 (1 leaf), 243-244 (2 leaves) almost completely torn away. MS is grubby throughout, and especially on first and last leaves.  The early foliation suggests many lost leaves.


  • No of items: 2
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: frames ruled throughout.
b. columns: 1
c. lines: 26-40.

  • Ink:
  • Size, binding: 111/10 x 8 ¼ in.
  • No. of Scribes: 2: A, 1-182v; B, 183r-244v.
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: A: C15 Anglicana with secretary features,  B: C15 Anglicana.
  • Rubrication, sigla: Fols. 2r-14v lettered ‘c’–‘y’ in top margin, C15-16 ink; spaces left for caps (e.g. fol. 3, r-v); chapter headings poss. in different coloured ink; markers to finish lines at chapter headings: ‘Ryan Perry 14:25, 16 June 2006 (BST)’ fol. 1r-180v chapter numbers in margins (starts at chap 5, ends at chap 223), not continued by scribe B. Scribe B leaves spaces for caps (e.g at fol. 188v), and poss. use of different coloured ink for chapter headings; markers to finish lines at chapter headings: ‘\\\\’ or ‘Ryan Perry 14:25, 16 June 2006 (BST)’;   from fol. 16r onwards folio numbers in top right corner (poss. before this but trimmed or not visible from film).
  • Contents:  : 1: Brut chronicle, fols. 1-228v; 2: Deposition of King Richard, fols. 232-244.

Production Culture:

  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Fol. 1r: ‘17’ modern ink.
    • 2v: English gloss on text in C16 hand, ink. See also fols. 3, 4, 5v, 7v, 8, 9, 10a, 13, 14, 16r, 36r (particularly noting the deaths of kings in following fols.: 57v, 78v, 80r, 81r, 85v, 89v, 101v, 106r, 107v, 120v), 122r, 152v, 158v, 194-195r, 200-201r, 203r, 207r, 208, 209v-210r, 211r, ?217r, 220, 222, 236r.
    • 2r: ‘i 9./’ modern ink (see fol. 1r).
    • 4r: text underlined, see also fols.4v, 5r, 7v – 20r, 21-23r,  24v, 25r, 26v, 27v, 28v-29v, 31-32v, 33v, 34v-35r, 36v-38v, 42r, 43v, 46, 53r, 62v, 67r, 68r, 69r, 70r, 71r, 72r, 74v-75r, 76v-77v, 80r, 83, 85v, 86v, 88r, 104r, 105r, 116v, 118v-118ar, 120r.
    • 22v: ‘ … off the(r?)e mater in þe xh loss(?) of þis boke’ C15-16, poss. same hand as 2v etc.
    • 23r: pen trials: ‘Rycharde’, ‘quod’, ‘x(?)ar’, ‘ra(?)’, ‘rxi rgn’, C16 ink.
    • 30v: marginal inscription struck through, poss. refers to misbinding of quires (comp. fol. 22v), check MS.
    • 38v: marginal inscription struck through, poss. refers to misbinding of quires (comp. fol. 22v), check MS.
    • 43: ‘?henric(us) vean(us) fines fnovn(?)’ C16.
    • 47r: marginal inscription struck through, check MS.
    • 52v: whole block of text crossed out, see also fols. 191-192r.
    • 65r: ‘humfray’, pen trials, C16 ink.
    • 69v-70r: pentrials (same hand as 23r): ‘quod kinge edmunde I(?)vnsy’ (text ‘Irenside’), ‘edmunde stephenson’, ‘D(r?)a Men (u?a?)sh ‘for the (?) makinge of  (?) (ni?)len de ssausexe [sussex?]’ C16.
    • 75r: pen trials.
    • 78r: ‘m’, ‘m’, (pentrials?), ‘Jhonn’, C16-17.
    • 86r: ‘Jn(??)nny ?James for from from’ C16-17.
    • 110r: ‘?&c and then ?was | and de defendante at ?well [wales?]of the one ?partye at the othere | And after all thys the kynge gaue comman | demente that their shulde |be maynnes wroughte|that (?) beryt none|shoulde be broughte be|fore hym atire’ C16-17.
    • 140v: ‘…nned (?)ym nihe’ C16-17. faint, check ms.
    • 152r: ‘?nes none of the kynnges houshoulde and so|he wente on in to walles for the aprehendmennte| of thys villaynn that the myghte bringe them’ C16, see fol. 110r.
    • 153r: ‘In dronyt(?ves) ?manan |so named by the name|of a (?)gyann And|that be cause he was|onne of that name|inhere of irhere of the’ see fol. 110r.
    • 187r; ‘ergo sum bonne puer quem deg amat’ C15-16, ink.
    • 203v: two pen drawings (of what looks like a tree or twig with 3 sets of parallel, lopped off branches) containing Latin text, ‘domine salvum fac’, see also fol. 209v, ‘domine salvum fac regem’, [Lord save our king].
    • 229r: pen trials; ‘for whett & ?less make [inserted] ^ vxliiij ^|malt =|atte make xj | for xxxx’ C15-16; ‘M(e?o?) a…d  th… ?the honab [honourable?] (D?)or…le|had for as my hand the day for|the making forof so|M…d …|Mon(as?)ant [Monsieur?]  ?Vinsaif ?que jeu …fente(s) one hemi…’ C16-17, pencil?, v. faint see ms; ‘Edm.[und] Randolph me|possidett 1590’ C16 ink; ‘D(S?)emionin Dibap(r?)ne’ poss. same hand as C16-17, pencil? v. faint check ms.
    • 229v: verse in English, beginning: ‘Love god set thy mynd to hym ) and he wylbe all ways to the loving…’, C16, ink.
    • 230v-231r: letter in English, mentions ‘maister Rauf’, pencil, C16-17 v. faint, check ms.
    • 231r: Pen trials, ‘To owr trystie & welbelouyd| gabrell master marchaunt|off antwerpe & one of  or trystie|seruants and sauder [soldier?] of Calys|& controwler of dublinn 1542o’, ‘Gabrell mr ys a ryghte| honest gentylman of |calie ?cour &/ 1542o’ C16, ink.
    • 231v: accounts list of wheat deliveries (see LP 738 fol. 231v doc.),C16-17; ‘helpe me Jhesu’ C16-17.


Reception Cultures / communities:

  • Owner(s): prob. Edmund Randolph, poss. Edmund Stephenson, poss Mr Gabrell.
    • Gender(s): male
    • Occupation(s): Gabrell: Controller of Dublin, Merchant of Antwerp.


Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Common Version’, group CV-1419[men]:A. See Matheson, PB, pp. 104-105.
  • Evidence of exemplar: poss change of exemplar, see PB, 105.
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS: Scribe B copies both texts.
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions: Deposition of King Richard also found in Woburn Abbey MS 181 (PB no 193); BL MS Cotton Julius B.ii (printed by Kingsford, Latin version printed by Given-Wilson). The Description of Edward III episode is also found in LP MSS 331 and 491, BL MSS Harley 266 and 753, Add. 10009 and Huntington MS HM 136.


Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is largely based on Microfilm work by J O’R and partly on CMLP. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB. Revised by Ryan Perry.

Select Bibliography for this MS:



BL Cotton Julius B.ii
BL MS Harley 266
BL MS Harley 753
LP MS 331
LP MS 491
Woburn Abbey MS 181.


San Marino
Huntington Library MS HM 136

Given-Wilson, Chris, trans. and ed., Chronides of the Revolution, 1397-1400 (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1993).

Kingsford, Charles L., ed., Chronides of London (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1905).

Secondary Texts:
Kennedy, Manual of the Writings in Middle English 1050-1500,pp. 2714-15, 2939-40.

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