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Manuscript Description
London, British Library, MS Cotton Claudius A.VIII
Contents:Fortescue's Governance is copied in a 23 folio booklet in a manuscript gathering many booklets under single cover.
Date Range:On f178: if this belongs with rest of booklet (as now bound, two blank folios (ff173-4) precede f175, both pretty dirty, and two blank and dirty folios (199-200) after f198. At the top of f198: 'In this Cedule de Conteyned the Charges and Obseruaunces a
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No of Folios:23 in this booklet: ff175r-197v
Pagination:None for booklet, just modern pencil upper outer and lower outer corners as in rest of volume.
Quiring:Now single sheets attached to paper stubs. Possibly a single quire of 24.
Catchwords:Possible catchword on f197v, below 'Explicit' for end of text, which comes at bottom of page. The catchword apparently written by a contemporary hand, not the Hammond scribe's, and at left margin edge rather than right one as usual: the word 'ryghte' which does not match beginning of text on f198.
Page Size:245 x 170
Frame:Square: top line of text above top of frame: no ruling visible.
Writing Space:210 x 108
Incipits and Explicits:On f175, added by later hand (16th or 17th c?) [first few words cropped off completely, rest top line partly cropped] ...was wrighten to King Henry the sixt by Sir John Fortescue Lord Chancelor' Added by another hand in similar style but apparently writing after the first, 'De Domino Regali et politico Johi Fortescue Author'
Marginal Headings:Sub-headings like glosses in margins. Red highlights/wash or shadowing on initials both beginning of sentences, initials of proper nouns and beginnings of Latin quotations and also initials of glosses; red sleighs under Latin quotations, proper nouns, and glosses; red wavy line fillers, red dots either side of marginal numbers for subpoints of argument
Other Names (not owners):'Robert Cotton Bruceus' bottom margin f175r.
Further Information:Cotton Catalogue.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP