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MS. Lat. misc. e. 103

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

Formularies, mainly of the school of William Kingsmill; England, mid-15th century


Rubric: Curia baronis et eciam regalis
Rules for holding courts with specimen pleas
Incipit: En primez coment quen lune curte
Explicit: vel non debet detinet vel non detinet

The initials W.K. occur frequently in the pleas. Another MS. is Cambridge Univ. Bib. Dd. 12.23.

Language(s): Latin and Anglo-Norman
Treatise on conveyancing
Incipit: Tria sunt que pertinent ad cartam
Final rubric: (fol. 69r) Explicit cartuaria de munimentis sufficienter secundum legem temporalem regni Anglie etc.

Ends in the section on wills. The text and examples are identical with those of MS. Lat. misc. e. 93 as far as fol. 51v (Lat. misc. e. 93, fol. 38 Indentura apprentecietatis). The latest date is 1446 (fol.69). Most of the wills given are dated 1443. A second hand has added in the text (fol.45v–52) dates between 1443 and 1458.

Language(s): Latin with a little Middle English (fols. 54v, 59r-v) and Anglo-Norman (fol. 54v)
(fols. 69r-78v, 85v-97r)

Additional examples, dated 1446–62 (two in English fol.90v, 91), mostly relating to Yorkshire

Language(s): Latin and Middle English
(fols. 78v-79r)
Rubric: Regule que requiruntur antequam fiat testamentum
Incipit: In cuiuslibet testamenti exordio duo sunt principalia consederanda
Language(s): Latin
Treatise on conveyancing
Rubric: Regule de cartis componendis
Incipit: In primis sciendum est quid sit carta
Explicit: satis apparet in forma in composicionibus
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Femina pulcra foris multis est cause doloris
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 98 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 150–5 × 110 mm.


1(10) (1 canc.), 2(10) (3 and 7 canc.), 3(8)–5(8), 6(10), 7(10), 8(8)–11(8)


24–27 long lines, frame ruled


17th cent. calf binding.


Origin: 15th century, middle (after 1446) ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Richard Maye my loving frende John Browne', 16th cent. (fol. 80)

'Anthony Anderson de [Ebaswytch?] in com. Lincoln.' 16th cent. (fol. 70)

Bought, 1959.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.