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Smith newsb. d. 19


William Ballard (?), Account of the Coronation of Elizabeth Woodville (Wydeville), 25 May 1465
Rubric: The Coronacion of the Queene
Incipit: The duc’ of Clarance Stywarde of Englond
Explicit: beforne þe mayre of london
Pr. from this copy by G. Smith, The coronation of Elizabeth Wydeville, Queen consort of Edward IV, on May 26th, 1465 : a contemporary account now first set forth from a XV century manuscript (London, 1935), with facsimile of fol. 1r. The other known copy is London, College of Arms M 3 ('Ballard's Book'), fols. 6r-8r.

Followed by three words in a different ink: ‘Edward Lloyd When(?)

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper, folded in quarto. Watermark (fols. 2, 4) type Piccard Krone I.327 (1453-62)
Extent: i (unfoliated endleaf, conjoint with pastedown) + i (modern paper) + 6 + vii (modern paper) + i (endleaf conjoint with pastedown)
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × c. 150 mm.
Foliation: i, 1-14


1 col., c. 27-29 lines. Written space variable, approximately 160 × 100 mm.


Cursive: mixed secretary/anglicana; one hand.




19th-century (?) calf over pasteboards.


Origin: England; c. 1465 (watermark and script suggest this is a contemporary copy)

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Edward Lloyd When(?)’, fol. 6v following the end of the text.

Mostyn Library (Mostyn Hall, Flintshire), MS. 226: 'MS. no. 226' (18th century (?))on the first (unfoliated) endleaf, and cf. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourth report (1874), App. p. 359. Shelfmark H/4c on the unfoliated endleaf.

Bookplate of Edward Lloyd-Mostyn, 2nd baron Mostyn: with with shield, helm, crest, and mantling, and the motto 'a domino - Auxilium meum'.

Mostyn sale, Sotheby's, 13 July 1920, lot. 64 (second part)

George Smith, of Great Bedwyn, 1871-1963

Given by him as part of his collection of printed newbooks in 1954 (see Bodleian Library Record 4 (1952-3) 290).

Record Sources

Description by Matthew Holford, April 2021.


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2021-04-27: First online publication.

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