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Extracts from MSS. for the most part in the Cottonian library, Written about 1625-1638 by Richard James

MS. James 27
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Extracts from MSS. for the most part in the Cottonian library, including:

  1. P. 1. notes from James Ware's collections 'de episcopis Hiberniae', now in MS. Rawl. B. 479, and (p. 4) notes from Matthew Paris, and (p. 37) Jacques de Vitry, followed by notes from wardrobe accounts, probably from Cott. MS. Nero C. 8, of 8-9 Edward iii (p. 40)
  2. P. 42. extracts from the chronicle of Hagnaby priory, co. Linc., from Cott. MS. Vesp. B. xi, notes from 'statuta conciliorum collectore ut videtur Theodoro Cantuariensi' (p. 48), and abstracts of episcopal professions, etc., from a collection of ecclesiastical documents in three volumes, using also the Norman rolls and the Red Book of the Exchequer, which is perhaps identical with Cott. MSS. Cleop. E. i-iii (p. 62)
  3. P. 71. excerpts from the Anglo-Saxon and Latin version of Orosius by king Alfred in Cott. MS. Tib. 1 followed by notes from divers sources, including French MSS. headed 'Romanza picturata quae dedicatur Johanni Andegavensi duci Calabriae et Lotharingie' or 'Petit-Jean de Saintré' written by Antoine de la Sale between 1455 and 1460 (p. 80) and 'Livre des fais d'armes et de chevalerie composée par une femme italienne de Puile et noen si Cristine [de Pisan] ut apparet ex prologo tertiae partis' (p. 93)
  4. P. 100. notes from the Privy Council register, in French, from Cott. MS. Cleop. F. iii, printed in Ordinances of the Privy Council, ed. Nicholas, i. 206
  5. Extracts from a register of writs, composed after about 1270, in the Cotton library (pp. 103, 112); and 'Willelmus Meldunensis monachi [Malmesburiensis] super explanationem lamentationum Ieremiae pro[phetae]' (p. 107), a note from Cott. MS.Tib. A. badly burnt
  6. P. 115. notes from a London custumal, followed by extracts from 'the examination of the countess of Richmond daughter unto the duke of Norfolk her brother the erle of Surrey', letters to Wolsey from Cott. MS. Vit. B. xi (pp. 129, 140) and notes from letters concerning the Pilgrimage of Grace (p. 124)
  7. P. 126. brief extracts 'ex homiliis Saxonicis quas habuit dominus Cottonus ex dono episcopi de Kelfanore', being from that part of Cott. MS. Otho A. xiii which is now burnt, and excerpts from the life of st. Thomas Becket by Edward Grim (fl. 1170) (p. 134)
  8. P. 147. notes from Bartholomew Cotton's 'Historia Anglicana' in Cott. MS. Nero C. v, a MS. of the bishop of Kilfanore, followed by extracts from the Red Book of the Exchequer (pp. 152, 158), Doomsday book (p. 153), and a Tewkesbury chronicle to 1446 (p. 162)
  9. P. 167. extracts from the life of st. Wilfrid and 12th-cent. papal bulls in Cott. MS. Claud. A. i
  10. P. 171. excerpts to 1215 from the chronicle, which appears to be known only from this source, of Jordan of London 'ab initio mundi ad 1377'
  11. P. 180. 16th-cent. diplomatic correspondence from Cott. MS. Vit. B. xiii
  12. There is a table of contents dated Nov. 15, 1701, on p. 1


  • Creation: Written about 1625-1638 by Richard James


192 pages

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • Italian
  • French


MS. James 27

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. 3864

Physical Facet

On paper


8 1/2 × 6 3/5 in.

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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