MS. Bodl. 452
Summary Catalogue no.: 2402
White leather on bevelled boards, one reversed, clasps lost, injured (15th century English work). Title on back-board. At top of back-board a mark "Y[?] [...]".
Provenance and Acquisition
The Summary Catalogue notes that the will of T. Wadelowe (fol. 87) contains 'Item lego ecclesie beate Marie Warr' [Warwick] librum magistri Historiarum ad reseruandum in quodam loco competenti imperpetuum cum i cathena ferrea', and suggests that the present manuscript is referred to; but MLGB (2nd ed. p. 194) rejects a provenance from St Mary's Warwick.
Bretford near Coventry [Warw.] and 'Maister Lambton' occurs among other 15th century scribbling
Windsor, Berkshire, Royal collegiate chapel of St George: "K.C" at top of binding leaf (fol. ii verso) (MLGB3: inferred evidence).
A manuscript described in the Benefactors' Register as 'Magister Historiarum, hoc est Historia ab Orbe condito ad Christi Passionem', was presented by the dean and canons of Windsor in 1612, and can hardly be any volume except the present one, in spite of the extraordinary discrepancy between title and contents. The Magister Historiarum is usually Petrus Comestor, see MS. Bodl. 777. which however has no Windsor marks. But this volume bears several distinctive Windsor marks, and if it is not the one referred to in the Benefactors' Register, then it is not in the list of the Windsor donation at all. (See also Summary Catalogue I, p. 98.)
Last Substantive Revision
2022-10-20: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)