Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 379 (V.1.16)
Title: Liber Metricvs de Henrico Qvinto
Images: [ MS Hunter 379 fol. 9r ]
Associated Websites: Images and caption from English Language manuscripts course material web page.
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Thomae Elmham, Prioris Lentoniensis, Liber Metricvs de Henrico Qvinto.
Thomas Elmham, Prior of Lenton's Metrical History of Henry V.:
Begins (1, 1 recto line 1): A [blue and red illuminated initial with red gestures] D honorem beatissime trinitatis et ad = Ed. Cole, p. 79.
Ends (5, 5 verso lines 25-27): S [rubricated initial] umma superstitio perfidieque status | N [rubricated initial, smaller characters] omine uersifici qui poscit certificari | L [blue initial] itterulas capitum sillabicando petat Ed. Cole, p. 166.
Remarks: On i, 2 verso is the autograph: Tho: Martin, [under which]: 37, [and in the opposite corner]: 1- 19-.
On i, 3 recto in T. Martin's hand: I have another fair copy of this work in quarto, but defective in | the first Ten Chapters of the fifth year which may be supply'd by | this book. T M.
On this page, in pencil, in the top corner: 1 . 11 . 6.
On i, 4 recto in a late 17th century hand: Extractum Breve de Cronico Thomę Elmham | de tempore Henrici Quinti.
A slip of paper (loose) between i, 6. and 1, I. has in a late XVII. Cent. hand: This relates to the 5 first years of the Reign of H. the 5th | and is in Latin verse.
On 1, 1 recto in a late 15th/early 16th century hand: Quaternio ffratris Thome Elham de gestis Regis Henrici | quinti De librario sancti Augustini Cantuariensis. This work does not appear in Dr. M.R. James' Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover, Cambridge, 1903, though mention is made (p. lxiii) of Thomas Elmham as having written a history of S. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury.
On 1, 3 recto in a late 16th century hand: Liber Johannis Twyne de Grayes Inne | ex dono Joannis Twyne patris sui . 1579. | In a later hand: The same John Twine the younger sold the same to John Stowe | the Elder in anno . 1586.
Under the final couplet on 5, 5 verso in late 17th century capitals and miniscules: THOMAS ELMHAM MONACHUS | Thomas Elmham Monachus.
Mr. C.A. Cole, the editor of Memorials of Henry the Fifth (Rolls Series), London, 1858, did not know of the existence of this MS. or of U.5.3. q.v.
For Thomas Elmham (died 1440?), see Dict. Nat. Biog. xvii. 309.
For Thomas Martin of Palgrave (1697-1771), see Dict. Nat. Biog. xxxvi. 297, and S.1.3.
For John Twyne (1501?-1581), M.P. for Canterbury, 1553-4, see Dict. Nat. Biog. lvii. 402.
For John Stow (1525?-1605), the famous chronicler, see Dict. Nat. Biog. lv. 3.
[Formerly R.8.12; R.8.116].
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 13 1/8 x 9 3/8, ff. 39, originally ff. 40, well written in large text hand, in single cols. of 27 lines, each 8½ x 5, signatures, catchwords, and foliation (XVII.-XVIII. Cent.), elaborately illuminated initials with gestures (in red and blue), rubrics with blue initials, rubricated running titles, marginal additions, ruled with brown crayon and margined in ink, much soiled, first folio marginally mutilated, cropped, few marginalia, fol. sec. te extollunt. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered spattered calf, blind-tooled (lines), sides, gilt-panelled back, title (ink) on a buff paper label: ELMAM | Extract | breve. Late Cent. XVII.
[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. 304.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989.
Bibliography: J.S. Roskell and F. Taylor, 'The authorship and purpose of the Gesta Henrici Quinti', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 53 (1971), pp 428-464, vol. 54 (1972), pp 223-240 - MSS 265 and 379, noted on p. 441 note 3, are both of the shorter and probably earlier version of the Liber metricus; Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 40; Andrew G. Watson, 'John Twyne of Canterbury as a collector of medieval manuscripts', The Library, Sixth Series, vol. 8, no. 2 (1986), pp. 133-15 - MS 379 noted on p. 148, no. 14; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 304.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Thomas Elmham d. 1440
Historian.
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
provenance: Abbey of St Augustine (Canterbury)
provenance: Thomas Martin 1697-1771
Of Palgrave. Antiquary.
provenance: John Stow 1525-1605
Historian.
provenance: John Twyne fl.1579-1586
Son of John Twyne (1501-1581).
provenance: John Twyne 1501?-1581
Master of Grammar School, Canterbury.
subject: Henry V King of England 1387-1422
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