Eighty-seven letters and documents connected with st. Thomas Becket, archbp. of Canterbury, written in the last quarter of the 12th century in England, in more than one hand
Eighty-seven letters and documents connected with st. Thomas Becket, archbp. of Canterbury, chiefly relating to his dissensions with the king and pope.
There are forty-two letters from Becket, twenty-five from pope Alexander iii, four from king Henry ii, two from bp. Foliot, one from king Stephen, etc.: a full list is in the MS. at fol. iii.
At fol. 17 are the terms of a peace between France and England, May 1160, and at fol. 116 an account of the martyrdom of the archbishop, beg. 'Ex insperato & in transitu.'
- Creation: written in the last quarter of the 12th century in England, in more than one hand
Language of Materials
MS. Rawlinson Q. f. 8
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. V, no. 27836.
A description of this item is in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MS. Rawl. Q. f. 8.
'Iste liber pertinet ecclesie Eliensi' (14th century): the marks 'His. Aug. 21', '9118' show that the book was owned by lord Somers and passed to sir Joseph Jekyll, in the sale of whose library in 1739 it is lot 259, and was bought by Dr. R. Rawlinson.
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