A collection of copies of English historical treatises and records, Written in the first half of the 17th century
A collection of copies of English historical treatises and records:
- Fol. 3. A list of the manors and revenues assigned to prince Charles, about A.D. 1620: certified by Arthur Bassett, in Latin
- Fol. 39a. A list of subsidies raised in England, 1070-1523, with remarks on them and various tables connected with the subject, in Latin: at fol. 57 are various lists of high officers, and fees
- Fol. 101. 'A briefe colleccion by F. R. [?]', a treatise on the rights of bishops, deans, etc.: chap. 1 beg. 'An archbishoppe is a spirituall person secular': see art. 5
- Fol. 123. A treatise by sir John Davies on the subject of the king's right to impose taxes (about A.D. 1620), in 33 chapters (printed in 1656 and 1876): beg. 'This question Sir concerning your Maiesties prerogative': followed (fol. 192) by the Remonstrance of the House of Commons, 1614 (?)
- Fol. 237. A copy of art. 3 above, with large additions, originally in 27 chapters, of which only the first 14 are here, fol. 284 ending with the catchwords 'the Church', in chap. 15
- Fol. 285. A collection of all the offices and fees of the king's Courts, Household, Castles, Palaces, etc.
- Fol. 326. 'A lecture of Forests' on Forest law: beg. 'The Proheme. A regali solo ... Like as the radyant beames': at foll. 427-50 are copies of documents on the same subject
- Fol. 388. 'Mr William Bird's treatise of 1. The Lawe of Wreck ...', about questions of encroachment of the Sea, etc.
- Fol. 451. Bacon's short treatise on the office of Constables
- Fol. 457. Sir Robert Cotton on the Lawfulness of Combats, 1609
- Fol. 465. A brief abstract on the question of Precedency between England and Spain, by the same
- Fol. 473. 'That the kinges of England haue bine pleased vsuallie to consulte with theire Peeres on the great Counsells and Commons in Parlement, of Marriage, Peace and Warre', a treatise: beg. 'To search soe high as the Norman Conquest.'
- fol. 488. 'An answere made by comaunde of Prince Henry to certaine Propositions of Warr and Peace ...', in 14 heads: beg. 'Frames of Pollicie, as well as workes of Nature': about 1610 (?)
Each article is practically a separate MS.
- Creation: Written in the first half of the 17th century
Language of Materials
MS. Willis 57
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. III, no. 16351
Mark by which the Collection was referred to until about A.D. 1870: fol. 58
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