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The life of Catharine of Aragon, Written in 1558 by W. Forrest

MS. Wood empt. 2
Held at the Weston Library

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The life of Catharine of Aragon, in verse, by William Forrest, dedicated 'To the moste excellent and vertuous prynces, oure moste gratious soueraigne ladye, Marye', in stanzas of seven lines, preceded by a prologue, 'As nature hathe an inclynation' (fol. 1), and 'The Table' (fol. 3v), and entitled 'A true & most notable historye of a right noble & famous ladye produced in Spayne': beg. 'Wryters hathe manye endeauored their paynes' (fol. 11).


  • Creation: Written in 1558 by W. Forrest


77 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Wood empt. 2

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. 8590

Custodial History

Formerly in the possession of Ralph Sheldon of Beoley (see Wood's Life and Times, ed. Clark, iii. 343), who gave it to Wood. The erased inscription on the flyleaf reads: 'Given and bequeathed ... à Wood by R[alph She]ldon of Beoly... .'

Physical Facet

On paper,'originally bound in black velvet, rebound in 1897, the old binding having been worn to shreds (E.W.B.N.)', with metal bosses inscribed 'Ave Maria, gratia plena'


13 1/2 × 10 in.

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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