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'A breffe Remembraunce of thyngs chaunced with in this Realme of England faythefully collectyd owt of dyvers Cronycles ... John Stowe', written chiefly in about A.D. 1560-1570 by J. Stowe

MS. Douce 225
Held at the Weston Library

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'Written with his owne hand. Jhon Daye': from the earliest times to 1564: beg. 'The ages of the worlde.' Fols. 140-153 are a separate late 15th cent. MS. on parchment, describing ceremonies in York cathedral (' Ordo episcopi proficiendi ad consecracionem', ' de oleo infirmorum', 'de oleo sancto', ' de consecracione crismatis', ' de salutacione & osculo crismatis', 'Forma intronizacionis [Joh. Kempe] archiepiscopi Ebor.' A.D. 1427): in A.D. 1697, there was also a Latin sermon of A.D. 1528 on 2 Cor. vi. 2. This parchment part seems to have belonged to some succentors of York cathedral, see fol. 145, 151, and to 'R. Remington' (16th cent.).

This volume appears to be no. 3, 5 or 20 of the list of books found in John Stowe's study in 1568 (Strype's Life of Grindal (1821), pp. 185, 516). The leather binding bears the arms of sir James Ware (d. 1632). The book was no. 31 of Henry Hyde lord Clarendon's MSS. in Bernard's Catal. MSSrum (1697), tom. ii, pt. 2, p. 6.


  • Creation: written chiefly in about A.D. 1560-1570 by J. Stowe


161 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 225

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21799

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On parchment


6 3/8 × 4 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom