St John's College MS. 97
Roger de Hoveden, Annales
written in rough double columns in informal anglicana, s. xvi in.; fols. 13v–16v are blank save for two later additions. In the margin below the final entry the note: ‘factus die 29 Novembris Anno domini 1532 per fratrem T. SWALWELL’. For him, see Sharpe, no. 1839 ), where this stint of annotation is unnoted; and A. J. Piper, ‘Thomas Swalwell: monk of Durham, archivist and bibliophile (d. 1539)’, in James P. Carley and Colin G. C. Tite (eds.), Books and Collectors 1200–1700; Essays Presented to Andrew Watson (London, 1997), 71–100.
Sharpe, no. 1571 (591), , ed. William Stubbs, RS 51.1 (1868), 3–210, , breaking off at 1148. Stubbs provides a description of our MS at pp. xxxviii–xxxix. The text incorporates an earlier Durham chronicle; see Michael Lapidge, ‘Byrhtferth of Ramsey and the Early Sections of the Historia regum attributed to Symeon of Durham’, Anglo-Saxon England 10 (1982), 97–122 (a reference to our MS at 122 n. 80)., Half of fol. 96v and fols. 97–8 were originally blank (ruled to fol. 98). The ruled leaves now bear a continuation, ‘Rogerus Hovedenus hic addit plura’, in italic, s. xvii. The text is not Roger of Hoveden, but HENRY OF HUNTINGDON’S Historia Anglorum to the death of Stephen (1154) (Sharpe, no. 461 [171–2]), ed. Diana Greenway (Oxford, 1996). Stubbs tentatively identifies the hand (p. xxxix) as that of Brian Twyne.
There are extensive marginalia and comments, including regnal names and other finding devices in the upper margins. These have been provided in hands ranging from s. xiv in. through those of Swalwell and Twyne. There is also a fair number of corrections, apparently by the original scribe.
In long lines, 35 lines to the page. Prickings; bounded and ruled in pencil and in brown ink.
Written in gothic textura prescissa, above the top line. Punctuation by low and medial point and punctus elevatus.
Thoroughly unfinished; there are spaces for 1- and 2-line capitals and for headings, none filled.
Brown leather over millboards, with a simple gold fillet, s. xvii. Sewn on five thongs. Black ink ‘97’ on a paper lozenge at the head of the spine, in black ink on the leading edges. Pastedowns old vellum, on the front one a College bookplate, various notes on both (see Provenance below). These date from a binding of s. xv, where the thongs were pegged two to a hole, as in Pollard’s figure 6. At the front, two modern paper flyleaves and two medieval vellum ones (the first, fol. iii, has some offset from the current front pastedown); at the rear, at least two modern paper flyleaves (v–vi). Fols. 97–8 appear to have been flyleaves in an earlier binding; they are extraneous to the quiring of the book, and their page rules differ from those elsewhere, a writing area 215 × 130 mm. in 35 long lines.
Provenance and Acquisition
From Durham Cathedral Priory: ‘k’ both precedes and is written above the title (fol. 1), identifying the book as ‘liber historiarum’ K in the 1395 catalogue. See [James Raine, ed.], Catalogi veteres librorum ecclesiae cathedralis Dunelm., Surtees Society 7 (1838), 56: ‘K. Cronica Regum Northumbriae, seu Regum Angliae. II fo., “cione sua.” In addition, on the front pastedown ‘Liber Sancti Cutberti’ (s. xv?) and a variety of imitative pen-trials, including ‘Cutbertus puer bo⟨nus⟩ indolis’ (an early modern imitation of medieval textura) (Ker, MLGB 75).
Pen-trials (fol. 17, lower margin; fol. 78v, lower margin, both s. xv; the rear pastedown, s. xvi).
The old College shelfmark ‘Abac: ij N. 37’ (the front pastedown and fol. 16v, where the number has been altered from 38, which is now cancelled).
A variety of more recent additions: a note ‘this booke was printed anno Domini 1596’ (the front pastedown); notes on the authorship of the chronicle – Hoveden or Simeon of Durham? (fols. iv, 17, s. xvii); a note by Stubbs, directing attention to the 1395 Durham catalogue, dated 23 December 1872 (fol. i); ‘This booke is by Shive (Shire?) called Liber Dunelmensis’ (s. xvii, fol. iii).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2022-05: First online publication