Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 288 (U.6.6)
Title: Historia Anglorum
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Date of Creation: Between 1299 and 1399
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Henrici Archidiaconi Huntendunensis, Historia Anglorum.
Henry, Archdeacon of Huntingdon's History of the English (A.C. 55-A.D. 1147):
Begins (1, 1 [f. 1] recto line 1): [in space for illuminated initial - C] Vm in omni fere litterarum studio = Arnold, p. 1.
Ends (11, 8 [f. 100] recto lines 13, 14): quante Rex stephanus audacie et animi pericula non reformidantis fue | rit. = Arnold, p. 279, [Section symbol] 25.
Remarks: On the back of the first board is a XVII. Cent. autograph: Rich Gipps | miles . of Graies | Inne [probably Sir Richard Gipps (1659-1708), see Dict. Nat. Biog. xxi. 389].
Under this autograph there have set off on the binder's paste several lines of indecipherable writing in a XV.-XVI. Cent.(?) hand.
On 1, 1 recto (bottom) is the autograph of "W. Cecill" (Baron Burghley [1520-1598], see Dict. Nat. Biog. ix. 406.)
On the top margin a XVI. Cent. hand (?Cecil's) has written: hec historia continuata est | ad annum Christi . 1145 . 12 Regis . Stephani.
In the space left for the initial C in a somewhat later hand: Henrici | Archidiaconi | Huntindonens. | Historiarum | Libri Octo. This hand has numbered Bks. I.-V., VII., VIII. and added the following note at the end of the text (f. 100): Hic Liber est imperfectus; continuatur | enim in MSS. cęteris; et Libris | Impressis . usque ad Principium | Regis Henrici II.; besides a note on the lacuna, f. 91 recto: vide exemplar: | Impressa ubi | invenias quae hic | desiderantur; and a note on f. 95 verso: desunt haec Carmina in Impressis.
The first hand (?Cecil's) reappears in marginalia throughout the work and at the beginning of Bk. VII., thus: huc vsque author scripsit ea que ex libris aliorum collegerat | nunc scripturus est | que ipse suo tempore | cognoverat.
Another XVI. Cent. hand, the same as numbered the folios, has a note on the top margin of fol. 1 recto, thus: xxiij Aprilis 1552.
Another hand has noted at the beginning of Bk. II. (f. 16 recto): [unkeyable character] . 16 . | folio; and in the top margin of f. 26 recto, thus : historia hec incipit in folio | . 16 . ad tale | signum [unkeyable character] A twisted knot pattern occurs on f. 100 recto and a weaker imitation of the same on the verso.
The lacuna on fol. 91 recto = Arnold, p. 250, lines 5-13.
On f. 95 verso is a Latin poem of 35 hexameter lines (in double cols.) beginning (line 21): (space for initial S) Vmma boni est alacres homini contingere uisus... and ending (col. b, line 16): Psallentis mandens (?) uisus exalat in ipsos, which does not appear in Arnold (where it would come between lines 7 and 8 of p. 265).
The arms stamped on the two boards are as follows: CREST, a garb with lions supporters dexter and sinister surmounting a baron's closed helmet with mantling all over a shield bearing, ARMS, quarterly 1. and 4. the arms of Cecil, barry of ten, surcharged with six escutcheons (3, 2, 1), in each of which is a lion rampant dexter, 2. three castles (2, 1) embattled (with triple towers), and 3. three chess rooks (2, 1) (ermine), banded. (See Papworth and Morant, Alph. Dict. London, 1874, p. 694.) Described by Philip Oldfield in 2008 as belonging to William Cecil (1520-1598).
Bk. I. (f. 1 recto), Bk. II. (f. 16 recto), Bk. III. (f. 25 recto), Bk. IV. (f. 41 verso), Bk. V. (f. 53 recto), Bk. VI. (f. 67 recto), Bk. VII. (f. 80 verso), Bk. VIII. (f. 92 recto).
[Formerly R.7.6; R.7.88]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 8 5/8 x 5 3/4, ff. 99, originally ff. 101 or more, written in single cols. of 38, 39 lines, each 6½-7 x 4, ruled and double margined with brown crayon, no signatures or catchwords (probably cropped), foliation (contemporary, ff. 1-37, XVI. Cent., ff. 1-100), no illuminations or rubrics (spaces with directions left for the purpose), marginalia, contemporary and later, vellum (of lower margins) often defective, cropped (see f. 70), fol. sec. interdum. Cent. XIV.
Binding: Not original, beech boards, covered black dressed calf, with leather back straps entering boards, originally clasped (two brass catches and portions of leather straps survive), blind-tooled (lines) on sides and panelled back, gilt stamps (quatrefoil) in all five panels, armorial bearings (gilt) on each board (see Description), binding quite loose. Cent. XVI.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 232.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Notes: Sir Richard Gipps bought this manuscript at the sale of the second Earl of Ailesbury's library on 21 November 1687 for £1-0-0 (according to marked up sales catalogue in St John's College, Cambridge). It has been suggested that Ailesbury's father, the first Earl of Ailesbury, had inherited many books which had previously belonged to William Cecil, Baron Burghley.
Bibliography: Henry of Huntingdon, Historia Anglorum: the history of the English people, ed. Diana Greenaway (Oxford, 1966); John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 232-233.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Henry of Huntingdon 1084?-1155
provenance: Thomas Bruce 2nd Earl of Ailesbury 1656-1741
Nobleman and memorist. Son of Robert Bruce (c 1626-1685), first Earl of Ailesbury. [See Victor Stater, 'Bruce, Thomas, second earl of Ailesbury (1656-1741)', Oxford …
provenance: William Cecil Baron Burghley 1520-1598
Royal minister.
provenance: Sir Richard Gipps 1659-1708
Master of the Revels, Gray's Inn.
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