MS. Bodl. 523
Summary Catalogue no.: 2199
A hexameter poem in praise of cardinal Wolsey.
In prose; preceded by an epigram on the same subject.
Before these pieces at foll. 1, 2 are an 'Epigramma' in verse and a dedicatory 'Epistola' in prose addressed to the cardinal, in fulsome terms of flattery and begging for patronage.
Fine initials. Imitation of French ornament. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1174, pl. CVIII)
Brown leather with three large cross panels on each side, stamped in gold, three representing st. George and the Dragon and three bearing Tudor badges, a portcullis, rose and pomegranate (pl. vii in W. S. Brassington's Historic Bindings in the Bodleian Library, 1891)
Provenance and Acquisition
Presentation copy for Cardinal Wolsey, with his arms.
This MS. seems to have reached the Library in 1603, 1604 or the first half of 1605.
MS. Bodl. 523 - endleaves
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Last Substantive Revision
2021-01-15: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC and Pächt and Alexander.