Collection of miscellaneous pieces in Latin and English prose and verse by Robert Parkyn
MS. Lat. th. d. 15
Collection of miscellaneous pieces in Latin and English prose and verse by Robert Parkyn, curate of Adwick-le-Street, near Doncaster, Yorks., including some of his own compositions, written at various dates up to 1565 (colophon, fol. 157v), including:
- (fols. 1-86, 86-89, 89-105) copies of works by Richard Rolle, 'Lectiones de exequiis mortuorum', 'tractatus de vita activa necnon et contempliva', and 'tractatus super psalmum vicesimum', printed in H. E. Allen, Writings ascribed to Richard Rolle (New York, 1927), 130-144, 159-161, 194-196;
- (fols. 106-107) 'Genealogia regum Israell';
- (fols. 108-114) summary of the Pauline epistles beg. 'Paulus famulus Jesus Christi vocatus apostolus segregatus in evangelium dei';
- (fols. 115-116) meditation beg. 'Helpe me dere father', here ascribed to Sir Thomas More, but really by John Fisher;
- (fols. 116v-118) prayers of Sir Thomas More (printed in The complete works of St. Thomas More, xiii (Yale edition, New Haven & London, 1976), where this manuscript is described on pp. cxli-cxliii);
- (fols. 119-120) poem in twelve seven-line stanzas beg. 'O holly gode of dreydfull maieste', and poem of twenty-two lines on one rhyme beg. 'I thanke the lorde with gratulacion';
- (fols. 120v-121) 'Sermo ex commentario beati Hieronimi presbiteri', beg. 'Grandis fiducia. Petrus piscator erat';
- (fols. 121v-125) Latin catalogue of the Kings of England drawn from Geoffrey of Monmouth and continued by Parkyn to I Elizabeth I, preceded by a poem of ten hexameter 'ventrini et caudati' lines beg. 'Regia nobilitas dignetur tangere munus';
- (fols. 125v-131) 'verses ... concernyng the Kyngs of Englande sithen the Conquest' by Parkyn, 1551, in forty-two eight-line stanzas, with a note in prose carrying the account to the last year of Mary's reign;
- (fols. 132-133) 'Dietarium salutis', versified rules of health by John Lydgate, beg. 'For healthe of bodie cover from colde thy heade';
- (fol. 133) verse epitaph headed 'The saynges of a deyde man', beg. 'Mann loyke and see', with a Latin prayer for Parkyn's soul;
- (fols. 133v-141) prose account in English of the events of 1532-1555, printed by A. G. Dickens in English Historical Review, 52 (1947), 64-83;
- (fols. 142-57) St. Cyprian, 'Epistula ad Fortunatum' with epistles II, 3-6, copied from the edition of Erasmus.
The volume is described by Dickens, English Historical Review, 52 (1947), 58-64.
English verse in Crum.
English verse in Crum.
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MS. Lat. th. d. 15
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CMD ID 16959
Collection of miscellaneous pieces in Latin and English prose and verse by Robert Parkyn, curate of Adwick-le-Street, near Doncaster, Yorks.
Biographical / Historical
Robert Parkyn (d. 1569) was a Church of England clergyman and writer.
Other Finding Aids
M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, no. 48024.
Inscribed (fol. iiiv) 'Iste liber pertinet ad dominum Robert Byard' in Parkyn's hand, except for 'Byard' which is written over an erasure; owned by the Cooke family, baronets.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bought, Crouch, of Doncaster, Feb. 1931 (Cooke-Yarborough sale), lot 769.
brown leather over oak boards, remains of clasps, front pastedown (now fols. i-ii) a leaf from a 14th-century English manuscript of the Catholicon of Johannes Balbus
- 16th century
- English literature
- Fisher | John | c.1469-1535 | Saint | bishop of Rochester, cardinal, and martyr
- Latin literature
- More | Sir | Thomas | 1478-1535 | Saint | lord chancellor, humanist, and martyr
- Parkyn | Robert | d.1569 | Church of England clergyman and writer
- Rolle | Richard | c.1305-1349 | hermit and religious author
- Collection of miscellaneous pieces in Latin and English prose and verse by Robert Parkyn
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