MS. Lat. th. d. 15
Summary Catalogue no.: New Summary Catalogue 48024
Collections of Robert Parkyn. English, 16th century (c. 1550-65).
As printed (cf.H. E. Allen, Writings ascribed to Richard Rolle, New York 1927, pp.130–144).
As printed (Allen pp.194–6).
Here ascribed to St. Thomas More , and pr. as his from this MS. by A.G.Dickens, Church Qu. Rev., no.247, 1957, pp.231–6, but really by St. John Fisher (cf. Dickens, Tudor Treatises, Yorks. Arch. Soc. 125, 1959, p.19, n.3).
Pr. Works, 1557 edition, pp.1417, 8.
Pr. Works, p. 1418.
Pr. Works p.1405.
in twelve seven line stanzas.
22 lines on one rhyme
Partly based on Jerome 's Comment. in Matt. (P.L.26 col.138, 9).
Ten hexameter ‘ventrini et caudati’ lines.
Drawn from Geoffrey of Monmouth and continued by Parkyn to the first year of Queen Elizabeth.
in 42 eight line stanzas, with a note in prose carrying the account to the last year of Mary.
Pr. by A. G. Dickens, Engl. Hist. Rev. LXII (1947), pp.64–83.
all copied from the edition of Erasmus
For further description of the contents of the MS. see A. G. Dickens Engl. Hist. Rev. LXII (1947), pp.58–64.
varies between 18–33 long lines
plain red initials
Original binding of brown leather on oak boards with two clasps of which the hasps are now missing.
Fol.i and ii are a leaf of a 14th cent. MS. of the Catholicon of Johannes de Balbis containing the end of part two and the beginning of part three.
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Iste liber pertinet ad dominum Robert Byard ’ (fol.iii verso in Parkyn's own hand except for the name Byard written over an erasure, presumably of ‘Parkyn’).
Sir Brian Cooke of Wheatley, 1736 (F. Drake, Eboracum, p. 452; cf. Dickens art.cit.p.58.n.1).
Bought at the sale of the library of G. E. Cooke-Yarborough , 1931, Crouch of Doncaster lot. 769.
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.