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John Flete OSB, De fundatione ecclesiae Westmonasterii. Chronicon episcoporum Eliensium(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Joh. Flete, etc.
Codicology:Vellum and paper, 251 x 170 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (10 x 7 in.), ff. cir. 140, 31-34 lines to a page. Cent. xvi, in several fairly good hands.
Foliation: ff. a-c + i-iv + 1-135 + d-f(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
ir-iv
Breve excerptum ex historia Iohannis Marii Belgici de schismatibus (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Breve excerptum ex historia I. Marii Belgi de schismatibus de Helena matre Constantini magni (Content authored by Nasmith)
1r
Rubric:
Ex historia J. Marii Belgi de schismatibus p. 416
ir
Incipit:
Cum Cleol rex Britanniae
(The reason why the Kings of England wear the Imperial crown)
2.
iir-iiv
Letter of Michael Renniger to Matthew Parker, 25 October (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Epistola Michaelis Renigeri ad Mattheum Cantuariensem cum prefatione de autoritate argumento et summa libri sequentis (Content authored by Nasmith)
iir
Letter of Michael Renniger (Reniger) to Parker, dated Lambeth, 25 October. 1
Preface, of the same date: signed in full. Both these are copied out more clearly on ff. iiir-ivv: the signature here is only M. R.
The above are on a vellum leaf which has been folded into four
3.
1r-60v
John Flete OSB, De fundatione ecclesiae Westmonasterii(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Liber breviter compilatus de fundatione et erectione ecclesiae Westmonasteriensis, prout in chronicis et scriptis authenticis invenitur, autore Iohanne Flete (Content authored by Nasmith)
Continet historiam monasterii et abbatum qui ibidem praefuerunt a prima fundatione ad annum 1386.
“XIXo Juni Anno 1572. Hic liber transcriptus ex veteri quodam libro scripto de fundatione ecclesiae Westmonasteriensis, qui liber jam remanet in custodia D. Goodman decani ejusdem ecclesiae” (Content authored by Nasmith)
1r
Rubric:
Incipit prohemium libri breuiter compilati, etc.
1r
Incipit:
Quoniam utile est et honestum
On f. 1v is a reference in the text to 'Cronica que liber Regius appellatur': a footnote says: Cronica Regia ideo dicitur quia Rex Richardus secundus eam scribi fecit a monacho quodam cenobii Sancti Edmundi de Burye. See MS 251
Text ends
59v
Explicit:
per tria quarteria anni et duas septimanas et amplius
f. 60r-60v blank
The manuscript of Flete's History from which this is copied is still at Westminster in the Library of the Dean and Chapter
See the edition by Dr J. Armitage Robinson, Dean of Westminster (1909)
4.
61r-101r
Chronicon episcoporum Eliensium ab Harvaeo primo episcopo ad mortem Philippi Morgan episcopi XXIII, anno 1434 (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Historia episcoporum Eliensium ab Harvaeo primo episcopo ad mortem Philippi Morgan episcopi XXIII, anno 1434 (Content authored by Nasmith)
Another hand begins
61r
Rubric:
Herueus I Episcopus
61r
(62)
Incipit:
Post mortem Richardi abbatis mittitur a rege henrico
Ends on Philip Morgan
101r
(142)
Explicit:
Sedit annis ix Sept. xxvj dies quatuor
5.
101v-101v
List of Bishops of Ely (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Catalogus episcoporum Eliensium ab Harvaeo ad Ricardum Cox (Content authored by Nasmith)
101v
(143)
A list of Bishops with duration of their pontificates from Herveus to Richard Coxe
6.
102r-131v
Nigel Witeker OSB, Contra curiales et officiales clericos siue De eruditione praelatorum (prose version)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Epistola Nigelli [Wireker] monachi Cantuariensis ad Gulielmum de Longocampo episcopum Eliensem de abusu rerum ecclesiasticarum (Content authored by Nasmith)
102r
(144)
Incipit:
Reuerendo patri et domino Willelmum, etc. frater Nigellus
ff. 119r-135r are paper
Ends
131v
(204)
Explicit:
ex negligentia securi
Versificator quidam Cantuariensis qui scripsit carmine Archiepiscopos Cantuarienses sic desinit in Richardo.
Richardus. Inde gradu functus est pre consortibus unctus Presul Richardus vir mitis et ad mala tardus etc. Sic miserando tamen ut quod dedit auferat. Amen.
Hic uir timuit ne Nigellus Wireker monachus succederet ad Archiepiscopatum Cant. post Richardum. Baleus de eo scribit, p. 245
See Wright's Satirical Poets of the twelfth century, Rolls Series I 153
1  He says of the book: Erat in arca quadam libraria longe a me dissita inter alios domini Hugonis Latimer libros retrusus. (See Robinson, p. 32.) Renniger or Rhanger died in 1609