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Contemporary copies of English state papers of about 1580-90, made by Cuthbert Warcupe

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MS. Eng. hist. b. 117
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Contemporary copies of English state papers of about 1580-90, made by Cuthbert Warcupe, mercer of London:

  1. P. 3. 'The principall thinges to be considered in the aunswer written [by Thomas Glover] to the Bussh. of Rosses booke', Lesley's on the Succession: beg. '1. That thinheritaunce of the Crowne.' After this art. 16 pages are lost
  2. P. 5. Notes on the Netherlands, imperfect at beginning: beg. 'The gouernement vnder the Duchesse of Parma. The kynge seynge this.'
  3. P. 19. Part of the Archeion of William Lambarde, omitting the account of the Star Chamber and of Parliament
  4. P. 40. 'A noate of som imperfections in the lawes of the realme ...': beg. 'Forasmuche as lawes oughte to be of convenyent certaintye.'
  5. P. 43. 'A breviate concerninge the ... Queenes ... Courtes of Recordes kepte in and about ... London and Westminster appertinent to the Common lawes of Englande': beg. 'The distribucion of the partes of this booke.'
  6. P. 54. A valuable account by an eye-witness of the examination of Mary queen of Scots at Fotheringhay, 12-15 Oct. 1586: beg. 'So sone as the Lordes here arryved three howres since': followed (p. 58) by 'The question ys whether yt were behovefull for her Maiestie to put the Scottes Queene to deathe': beg. 'Her qualityes and sectes of like callinge.' A modern copy of this article is on pp. xv-xxxv
  7. P. 63. Arguments about intervention in the affairs of the Netherlands and Spain: beg. 'The consideracion of the accion.'
  8. P. 71. 'The declaracon of theleccion of the Emperours Maiestie [Ferdinand i] at Franckeforde in anno 1558': beg. 'The xvjth daye of Februarye.'
  9. P. 76. An account of the execution of Mary queen of Scots, as sent to lord Burghley, dated 11 Feb. 1586/7, signed 'R. W.': beg. 'It may please your good lordshippe': most of this has been printed. At p. 85 follows an account of the funeral
  10. P. 88. A private account of the state, revenues, navy, etc. of Spain (1582): beg. 'The names of all the Archbusshops.' Pp. '100' to '121' contained in 1872 'memoranda made by Ann Warcupe' widow of the compiler of the volume: but have been cut almost completely out


  • Creation: Written at the close of the 16th century by C. Warcupe


120 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. hist. b. 117, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Eng. hist. b. 117

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18923


Contemporary copies of English state papers of about 1580-90, made by Cuthbert Warcupe

Biographical / Historical

Cuthbert Warcupe (fl. 16th century) was a mercer of London.

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. VI, no. 31012

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in Oct. 1890 from the executor of Augustine Batt esq. of Witney, two letters to whom from J. B. Sheppard esq. in 1872, with papers describing the MS., are prefixed at p. i.

Physical Facet

On paper, binding, black leather with straps in ledger style


15 1/4 × 10 3/4 in.

Contemporary copies of English state papers of about 1580-90, made by Cuthbert Warcupe
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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