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‘Modus tenendi parliamentum’

Reference code
‘Modus tenendi parliamentum’
mid 16th century
Level of description
Extent and format
Vellum; ff. iv + 23.
Half leather binding, brown, with marbled boards. On fol. 1, 'J-J', ?17th century.
Scope and content
Contents (mainly from Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 302):- English translation of the Modus (fols. 9-23v), preceded by tables of chapters of the Modus (fols. 2-3v), the office of High Marshal of England (fols. 4-5v) and the office of the Marshal in time of war (fols. 6-8v). Initial of a king seated between a bishop and a swordbearer, with full border (space for shield of arms), fol. 9; small gold initial letters throughout; line fillings in blue; rubrics, flourished (fol. 8v). Catchwords, fols. 17v, 18v.

Text of the Modus in B order of chapters, see M. V. Clarke, Medieval Representation and Consent (1936), 348-69; J. S. Roskell, 'A Consideration of Certain Aspects and Problems of the English Modus Tenendi Parliamentum', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 50 (1967-8), 411-42. A similar MS from Lord Leconfield's collection (HMC, Sixth Report. (1877), App., 301, MS/17) was sold at Sotheby's, 23 Apr. 1928, lot 64.
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