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MS. Fr. a. 2 (P)

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Instructions of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Count of Flanders to his commissioners going to Calais to negotiate an extension of the commercial agreement between Flanders and England
Rubric: Linstruction baillie en lan IIIJº et XV (endorsement)

For an analysis of the contents see K. B. McFarlane, 'Anglo-Flemish relations in 1415/16', Bodleian Quarterly Record, 7 (1932), 41–45.

Language(s): Middle French

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 725 × 225 mm.

Remains of seal in red wax, plaqué


Origin: 2 Feb. 1415/1416 ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Chambre des Comptes, Lille (P. Chaplais, 'Documents concernant l'Angleterre et l'Écosse anciennement conservés a la chambre des comptes de Lille (XIIe-XVe siècles)', Revue du Nord, 38 (1956), 185–210, at 205.)

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), MS. 34921, his sale, Sotheby's 27 April 1903 and 5 following days, lot 544, bought by Maggs, for £4 4s.

Bought by the Bodleian from Maggs Bros., 1932

Record Sources

Description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.


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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.