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MS. Bodl. 875

Summary Catalogue no.: 2959


Treatises on the claims of Edward III of England and Philip VI of France to the kingdom of France
Rubric: Argumentes for the succession of the Kinge of Englande to the kingdome of Fraunce
Incipit: The fact standeth thus. Philippe the sonne of St. Lewes

This is a copy of a paper about the rival claims of Edward III of England and Philip VI of France to the latter kingdom, about 1340

Followed by copies of four similar pieces, 'A discourse wherein the right of both parties is disputed' (fol. 5: not completed); 'The reasons which the French alleage ...' (fol. 11); 'Reasons alleaged by the king of England' (fol. 13); and 'An Information given to the Bishop of Rome by the Embassadors ... of the kinge of England ...' (fol. 17: incomplete)

See MS. Bodl. 710

Language(s): English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: v + 21 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.25 × 8 in.


Limp white parchment with gold ornament, contemporary English work.


Origin: 16th century, middle

Provenance and Acquisition

'Donum Petri Manwood militis', who promised this book after Sir Thomas Bodley's death in Feb. 1613.

It probably came to the Library in 1613 or 1614

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)