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Order of the Garter. Statutes

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Order of the Garter. Statutes
c. 1549, with additions
Level of description
Extent and format
ff. x + 24.
Vellum (and paper). Contemporary leather binding, brown, spine gilt-tooled. Fragment from a 13th century service-book(?), including Luke xv. 11, 15, visible before fol. 1 and after fol. 24.
Scope and content
'The statutes and ordinances of the moost noble ordre of Saynct George named the Gartier' (fol. 3). Consists of the statutes as revised by Henry VIII (32 Hen. VIII), naming him Defender of the Faith (see E. Ashmole, The Institution, Laws and Ceremonies.. of the Garter (1672)), fols. 3-22, to which are added the new statutes under Philip and Mary, fols. 22-4; c. 1549 (see below), with additions. Marginal annotations to both sections, in different hands. This copy made for George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham, elected KG, 24 April 1549, installed 13 Dec. His arms, fol. 2; arms of the Order, fol. 2v. The present copy is close to Bodl. Lib., MS Ashmole 773, printed in the Appendix to Ashmole (see notes by John Lea Nevinson, FSA, fols. iii-v, with other information on sources). Small initials in burnished gold on blue and magenta backgrounds with white penwork decoration.
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Archival history
Owned by Gilbert Sheldon (afterwards Archbp of Canterbury) in 1620 (cf. fols.1v, iv). Later owned by Frederick Henry Barnwell who presented it to Sir Thomas Cullum, 10 Oct.1816 (fol.ii). Phillipps MS 24359 (cf. fol.x). At the back of the volume excerpts from dealers' catalogues relating to other sources, fols.vi-viii. This MS acquired from Quaritch cat. no.776 (1958), see cutting, fol.ix. Received as part of the bequest of John Lea Nevinson, FSA (d. 1985), through his executor Claude Blair, FSA. Giftbook entry, 28 Nov.1985. A.J., 66 (1986), 496.