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Cambridge University Library, MS Ll.1.18

A miscellany of household information; Latin and English; compiled in the fifteenth century.

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ItemPage RangeAuthorName/Title of ItemHeadingBeginsEndsNotes
1f. 3r of Burgundy, John as in þe sekenesse do be tyme as hit is sayde in þe semade hole and fare wellFragment (four lines only, the ending) of the short version of John of Burgundy's plague tract; Index of Printed Middle English Prose [IPMEP] no. 659; Manual 10, pp. 3662-64, 3856-57; see Rand (2006), p. 296, where it is printed in full.
2ff. 3r-4vHit hath ben taght in tyme off pestilence for a souerayncornyll hard aboue þe flesch then lay on hym plasters to brese hitSeries of remedies and prayers against the plague, unprinted and otherwise unrecorded; those on f. 4 have suffered loss of text owing to damage to the manuscript. Manual 10, pp. 3666, 3859 (part of the 'Cambridge Pest Recipes'; see also item 17 below); Voigts and Kurtz nos. 1310, 3125; Singer and Anderson, p. 94.
3f. 4vAfuge tu subito procul esto tarde reditoMox procul a peste tu fuge . vix reueniAdditions by another hand or hands at foot, faded and rubbed, only partially legible: Invocations and verses against the plague; the English item not recorded in the Index of Middle English Verse [IMEV].
4ff. 6r-13vThe Governal of HealthOff þe profette Off gode gouernayllHit nedyth hym þat wyll lyve long to know þe crafte offleve þay schall not start þe stroke &c IPMEP no. 407; Manual 10, pp. 3652, 3836-7; Voigts and Kurtz nos. 3164, 3251; No modern edition; printed by Caxton in 1490, and reprinted by de Worde in 1506.
5ff. 14r-15v St Bernard, Epistle CDLXVI, 'De cura et modo rei familiaris utilius gubernandae, et qualiter patres familias debeant se habere'Epistola bernardi de disposicione familieGlorioso et felici Raymundo domino castri Ambrosij bernardus in seniumad quem ipsam perducat su{ae} dampnabilis senectus amenPrinted in Migne, Patrologia Latina182, cols. 647-51.
6ff. 16r-17rHyt is to be Remembret off þe dayly dietez in lordes and ladies howsez For to be kepette Dietes pro die dominica þat is to say on sunday for my lordez or ladyes stondyng þis a poyntementDietary regimen for the successive days of the week, which are indicated in the margins. Voigts and Kurtz no. 6583; Unprinted, and apparently otherwise unrecorded.
7f. 17r-vSeptem sunt stultiPrimus est qui <tantum> tantum minatur quod ipse noncum <necita> necessitas fuerit obduracioBrief moral observations on three types of behaviour: after the 'Stulti' come 'Septem sunt Principales Curialitates' and 'Sex sunt Principales Rusticitates' on f. 17v. The formula is adapted from that commonly used for enumerations of the seven vices and virtues. Unprinted, and apparently otherwise unrecorded.
8ff. 19r-42rhere Begynnyth the Chapetouris and the Ordinance off potage Flechmetes, Bakenmetes, Fryetmetes, Gelys, lechis and sotelteys the quych was compyleit by maysteris off fysyke and mayster cokys off kyng Rycherd þe fyrst of þe devysynge off Ryall potage sleyng off wyldfole and sawsyng off hem þe quych are contenet in a table here aftyr folewynge et cetera In primis for to make oystyrs in gravylyke as þou doyst ypocrasThe Index ends, on. f. 19v 'Baken quynce wyne Barre Clerrye'. The text proper, on f. 20r, starts: 'Take Oystyrs and putt hem in to a pott'. One of several variant versions of the Ordinance of Pottage, in this case consisting of around 125 culinary recipes preceded by a table of contents. Manual 10, pp. 3860, 3891; Voigts and Kurtz nos. 2236, 5795; Printed in a fuller and differently ordered version by Hieatt, 1988.
9ff. 42v-44vHere Begynneth the Rewle And the Ordinance off sleyng off almaner wyldfole off hole fote and clofe fote and saw syng for hem and the sleyng off fawre foted bestez and the sawsyng for hem et ceteraFor Crane Take a crane and lette hym blodepouder gynger and salte A series of 23 culinary recipes, mostly for game birds and animals. Voigts and Kurtz nos. 2255, 4661; Unprinted, and apparently otherwise unrecorded.
10ff. 44v-45rA herde off hertesA rysyng of Rebellez or of shrewez List of company terms. Manual 10, pp. 3702, 3920-2. On texts of this type see Corner (1962), where this example is printed (p. 231).
11f. 45rVinum de Burdeux et Alijs locisRede wyneGrene gynger j li x dList of wines and spices in two columns, the latter column priced. Unprinted.
12ff. 45v-47vHere Begynneth the sleynge off Fysshis and the sethynge and the sawcynge off hem as yt is here after wrytonFor codlynge hake or haddok Take and drawe hym and cutte hymsofte fyre þen boyle hit and serue fortheA series of 24 culinary recipes for salt and fresh water fish, and crustaceans. Voigts and Kurtz nos. 2257, 4997; Unprinted, and apparently otherwise unrecorded.
13ff. 48r-55rTretyse off HuntyngHere begynneth the tretyse off huntyngHyt es to wyten þat atte þe dore off þe kenell is þe þe chyne off an holyfaunt Manual 10, pp. 3699-700, 3916-7; Voigts and Kurtz no. 3233. Printed by Rooney (1987); not otherwise recorded.
14ff. 55v-58vHere Begynneth þe tretyse off hawkyngFyryst sho is an neye and disclosyth and hathefesauntez and let her flye to hem et ceteraOne of several abbreviated adaptations of Prince Edward's Book of Hawking; the last two pages are written on an added slip of paper (f. 58) of smaller dimensions than the surrounding leaves. IPMEP nos. 194, 741; Manual 10, pp. 3697-8, 3913; Voigts and Kurtz no. 1712. A similar text is printed (from BL Sloane MS 3488) by Shirley Leggatt (1949).
15ff. 59r-61vTretyse off the Sekenes off HaukesHere begynneth the tretyse off the sekenes off haukes, & off þe salues & remedyes for þe sayd sekenessezitem For to make salue for hawkesij dayes after gyff her sporge & þat shall open her bowelsImperfect; at least one leaf is missing at the end. Manual 10, pp. 3698, 3914; Voigts and Kurtz no. 4666; Printed by Braekman (1986).
16ff. 63r-72vand brese hem a lytyll þenwill in haf halfe a note shewe and blow hit in his EyeSeries of veterinary recipes relating to horses, beginning imperfectly. About 30 recipes are fully preserved, but only fragments of those on ff. 63-65, which are badly damaged, remain; one or more leaves lacking before f. 63. Manual 10, pp. 3692, 3906-7; Voigts and Kurtz nos. 439, 5666. Printed by Braekman (1986).
17ff. 74r-75vMemorandum Henrici iiijti viijo facta fuit per eosdem missa maiori ciuitates londonarum vbi per phisicos apothecarios et alios quam plures maxime laudataDilectissime frater vt intellexi multum times pro instanti pestilenciaab omnibus speciebus calidis et ceteraFirst line of heading heavily rubbed and cropped, illegible. An unattributed Latin adaptation of John of Burgundy's Plague Treatise, here addressed to the mayor of London in 1407. Thorndike and Kibre, col. 431. See Matheson (2005), pp. 21, 26. Printed in Sudhoff (1912), 77-80.
18ff. 75v-76vAnd so be þat ye be takyn with þe pestilencelet þe chyld drynk yt and he shall be holeVernacular dietary regimen and remedies against the plague, forming a continuation of the preceding item. Those on f. 76v are headed 'Pro pestilencia medicina probata' (printed inaccurately by Sudhoff (1925) p. 139), and 'Pro morbo caduco medicina', a charm invoking the names of the Magi. . Manual 10, pp. 3666, 3859 (part of the 'Cambridge Pest Recipes'; see also item 2 above); Voigts and Kurtz nos. 989, 6053.
19ff. 77r-79vIncipit nobilis tractatus de Colleccione MedicinarumCollecciones eciam consideraciones et scientia medicoistam corpus curatur et ceteraMedical advice and remedies, Latin. Thorndike and Kibre, col. 231 (citing this MS only). Unprinted. Most of f. 79v is occupied by a later addition in a different hand, heavily crossed out. It begins in Latin, but the latter part is in English, apparently a remedy or receipt.
20f. 81rOriginally blank. It now contains two lines in mirror writing, comprising most of a draft of a short personal letter, and two lines written in code, of similar character, both added by the main scribe of the manuscript. See 'Item transcription' below for further notes on this.
21f. 81vBeda dicit quod sacerdos qui est sine peccato mortaliquod loquitur oreBrief notes on sin attributed to Bede and Gregory. Unprinted.
22ff. 82r-123vExemplaria Obligacionum Indenturarum et huiusmodiNouerint vniuersi per presentes nosecclesie cath. lych[field] william ELegal formulary, described as follows by Baker and Ringrose (1996) pp. 435-36: '82r-127v precedents of instruments, mostly made by William Booth as bishop of Coventry (1447-52) or as archbishop of York (1452-64), including conditional bonds and leases. On 83r is a bond dated 10 January (1458), 36 Hen. VI; on 85v is lease of lead mines in Hexham by Booth, as archbishop of York, to William Bee, and on 88r-v are two arbitration awards in English by Booth as bishop of Chester (i.e. bishop of Lichfield and Coventry) in August (1452), 30 Hen. VI, the first concerning lands in Cannock, Staffs., and the second settling a suit for defamation in the consistory court. From f. 90r the instruments are mostly ecclesiastical'. Several of the instruments are given or dated at Southwell (Notts.), and relate to persons connected with the collegiate church of the BVM, notably members of the Worsley family; cf. items 20 and 26. Unprinted. Two leaves are wanting at the end. On ff. 91v-92v is a cumulative tabulation of monetary values by the day, week, month and year.
23ff. 126r-127vPosicionones et articuliIn dei nomine amen posiciones et articulos infrascriptur datvt premittitur contractum parentes A.Several more legal formulae, Latin. Unprinted
24f. 128r-vAnd lx þen barons full bolde shall be brittand to dethe What juggement þe iustice will iuge hem to havePolitical prophecy, 44 lines, alliterative verse, possibly concerned with the career of James I of Scotland (d. 1437). IMEV no. 308.5; Manual 5, pp. 1523, 1718. Printed by Day (1939) 63-64.
25f. 129r-vDe ArmisA fers is a barre a pilet or a pile is blak a besandeH Lancaster Rex haraldorum in partibus borialibusNotes on heraldic terms, unprinted.
26f. 130r-vMensis JulijSuthwell: Expensis hospicij domini ibidem Primo die mensis Julij inclusiue vsque vjtum diem eiusdem mensis exclusiue continent quinque diesInde de Stauro xxxixs ijd ob. qurSet of accounts (probably intended as a model, since no year is given), originally relating to a household at Southwell (Notts.); cf. item 21 above. Unprinted.
27f. 130vFor the swetynge seknesTake baes an vncelecores vnum vnce et di. vnceRemedy against the sweating sickness added by a later hand, unprinted. The first recorded outbreak of the disease in England took place in 1483, and it returned periodically until 1551.
28ff. 131r-134vNicholas UptonDe officia militariDe coloribus in armis depictis et eorum nobilitate corrigant et emendantExtracts from Nicholas Upton; cf. Nicolai Vptoni de Stvdio Militari Libri Quatuor, ed. Edoardus Bissæus [Edward Bysshe], London, 1654. The item is divided into three distinct sections: ff. 131r-133v contains brief extracts from Books III and IV, mostly crudely drawn shields in monochrome, probably copied from from a better quality illuminated copy of the text; ff. 133v-134v contain the prologue and the dedication to Humfrey, duke of Gloucester (d. 1447) (corresponding to pp. 1-3 in the printed edition); on f. 134v is the epilogue (pp. 258-59).
29ff. 138r-140vInfra hanc tabulam hec continentur Cronice breuiter tacte Discriptio corporis christi et beate marie Originalia diuersorum doctorum Sanctorum loca vel peregrinaciones Mirabilia orientis et occidentis Ann<e>i ab orbe condito ad vrbem rome conditamAnno eodem Ricardus filius princeps Edwardi coronatus fuit apud Westmonasterium.Annals (the first item listed in the heading), imperfect. There are two leaves missing after f. 140, and the top half of f. 139 has been torn off, carrying away part of the text.
30f. 144rapprobauit et impeniet tot diesSumma per annum ix mlccc annosEight lines dealing with remissions from purgatory, the ending of the 'Discriptio corporis christi et beate marie' mentioned in the list at the head of item 28.
31ff. 144r-145rOriginalia doctorumSuperbia demones fecit ex angilisnon polit animamSee item 28, heading. Brief extracts from the Fathers of the Church, who are listed in the margins (Gregory, Augustine etc.).
32f. 145r-vSanctorum locaIn primis sanctum corpus beate marie in valle josaphatIuxta viterbuini iacet virgo et martir sancta Margareta See item 28, heading. List of holy sites and pilgrimage destinations.
33ff. 146r-147rMirabilia orientisReuera admirabile est nomine dei in vniuersa terravestimenta eius alba vt nix fueruntSee item 28, heading. Notes on wonders of the east. This item and the next are also found together in Cambridge, St John's College, MS F.18, ff. 131-33.
34ff. 147v-148rMirabilia anglieVentus egreditur cauernus in monte qui dicitur peeknemo nouit causamNotes on wonders of England. This item and the previous are also found together in Cambridge, St John's College, MS F.18, ff. 131-33.
35f. 148r-vPostquam saxones et anglici venissent ad alemania ad istam terram Rex Edwardus burdeus regit [blank] apud WestmonasterNotes on the kings of England from Alfred to Edward III.
36f. 149rHibernia diuiditur in iiijor vltomiam momoniam mediam et armaciamCedda episcopus vita doctrina sanctitate et exemploNotes chiefly concerning the ecclesiastical history of Ireland.
37f. 149vKing Edward IVPer Regem. Venerabili congregacioni Magistrorum regencium et non Regencium nobis carissimorum Vniuersitatis nostre cantabrigieVenerabile congregacioni grauissorum virorum Magistrorum regenciumxxiiijo die mensis octobrisLetter in Latin from King Edward IV to the University of Cambridge.
38f. 150r-vKing Edward IVTo oure ryght trusty and welbelovette þe presydent and þe hoole congrigacion of Regentes and non Regentes off oure vniuersite of cambryg By þe kyng Ryght trusty and welbelovette we grete yow hertelyoff reson to be doo. Querby þe shall deserueIncomplete. The stub of another leaf bearing the remainder of the text and probably other material follows. Letter in English from King Edward IV (d. 1483) to the University of Cambridge. Printed in Cooper (vol. 1, 1842, p. 213).

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