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'Descriptio nobilissime ciuitatis Londonie' by William Fitz-Stephen and A brief Latin chronicle of Britain to 1216, Written in the 1st half of the 13th century in England

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1. 'Descriptio nobilissime ciuitatis Londonie' by William Fitz-Stephen, beg. 'Inter nobiles vrbes orbis' (fol. 1), hence printed by Thomas Hearne in Leland's Itinerary, vol. viii. For other MSS. (of which MS. Douce 287 is one) see Stow's Survey of London, ed. C. L. Kings-ford (Oxford, 1907), ii. 387, and Hardy, Materials for British History, ii. 331.

2. A brief Latin chronicle of Britain to 1216, beg. 'Britannie insularum optima' (fol. 4v). At fol. 8 in another hand is a Latin letter from H[enricus], archbishop of Nazareth, to Bornucinus, papal chamberlain, concerning the defeat of the Christians near Gaza in 1244.

Dates

  • Written in the 1st half of the 13th century in England

Extent

13 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Shelfmark

MS. Marshall 75

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. 5284*

Custodial History

The original cover consisted of a 15th-cent. fragment of a Latin commentary on the book of Wisdom, prol. beg. 'Ad notularum sequencium euidenciam'. fols. iv and 1 have 'Ra. Bosvile', 'Virtus propter se', about 1600, perhaps indicative of ownership by sir Ralph Bosville of Bradbourn (1578-1650).

Physical Facet

On parchment, with slight illuminations in red and green

Dimensions

8 1/2 × 6 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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