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A Letter book and Form book of William Swann, Chiefly written about A.D. 1408-1413 by W. Swan

MS. Arch. Selden B. 23
Held at the Weston Library

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A Letter book and Form book of William Swann, LL.B., Canon of Chichester, Sedis Apostolicae secretarius, a resident at the Papal Court. He appears to have been there in some sense as the representative of English interests. The years covered by this volume are chiefly 1406-13. Swan copied out the documents which passed through his hands (sometimes procuring scribes to do so), but many of the letters are to him personally, bespeaking his goodwill. Some are from him and corrected in his hand (e.g. fol. 43v), some are forms only (e.g. fols. 70-5).

All kinds of legal matters, disputes, appeals, and the like are here represented, with a large number of letters. Perhaps London and Chichester are more mentioned than other places, but the contents cannot be summarily treated. The only Oxford document I have noticed is at fol. 58v, an appeal to the University on behalf of pope Gregory xii from. card. Johannes Dominici, archbp. of Ragusa, Sept. 15, 1409.

A leaf or leaves are wanting at the beginning. On fol. 153v is the autograph 'Magister Willelmus Swan Anglicus Roffensis dioceseos clericus est huius libri dominus verus ac patronus'.


  • Creation: Chiefly written about A.D. 1408-1413 by W. Swan


154 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Arch. Selden B. 23


Old Selden mark = B. 21

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. II, no. 3351

Custodial History

Manuscript 3365 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On paper, imperfect


12 3/8 × 9 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom