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HISTORIE SCRIPTORES MONASTICI

ROMANO-BRITANNIE ET ANGLIE,

NEC NON NEUSTRIE, HIBERNIE, ET SCOTIE.

2981 ANGLICANE SOCIETATIS HISTORICE LIBRI IMPRESSI: A complete set of the Publications of the English Historical Society: -BEDE (Venerab lis) Historia Ecclesiastica et Opera Historica, Chronologica, et Biographica, edidit Jos. Stevenson, 2 vols. GILDAS, de Excidio Britanniæ; NENNII Historia Britonum; et RICHARDI DIVISIENSIS Chronicon Richardi I.; omnia cura Jos. Stevenson, 3 vols.-WILHELMI MALMESBIRIENSIS Gesta Regum Anglorum et Historia Novella, edente T. D. Hardy, 2 vols.--ROGERI DE WENDOVER et MATTHÆI PARISIENSIS Chronica, seu Flores Historiarum, edidit H. O. Coxe, 5 vols.-FLORENTII WIGORNENSIS Chronicon, edidit B. Thorpe, 2 vols.-WALTERI DE HEMINGBURGH Gesta Regum Angliæ, recensuit H. C. Hamilton, 2 vols.—WILHELMI PARVI Historia Rerum Anglicarum, recensuit H. C. Hamilton, 2 vols.-TRIVETI (Nich.) Annales Regum Angliæ ab Anno 1136 ad Annum 1307, cum Continuatione, seu ADAMI MURIMOTHENSIS Chronica sui Temporis ad Annum 1380, edente Thomas Hog, 2 vols.-Anonymi GESTA STEPHANI, recensuit R. C. Sewell.-Anonymi Henrici V. Regis Angliæ, Res Gestæ, edidit B. Williams. Avec la Chronique de Geo. Chastelain, accompagnée d'une Version Anglaise et des Notes.-CHRONIQUE de la Traison, et Mort de RICHARD II. etc., avec Notes et Glossaire, et Version Anglaise par B. Williams.-CODEX DIPLOMATICUS ÆVI SAXONICI, studio et labore Jo. M. Kemble, 6 vols. In all 29 vols. royal 8vo. facsimiles of MSS. beautifully printed upon paper made expressly for these privately printed copies, for the use of the members of the English Historical Society, whose SUBSCRIPTION-PRICE, PER COPY, was £70, at £5 per annum for 18 years, quite new, and bound in glazed vellum tinted paper, lettered upon maroon morocco, London, 1838-56

£18.

Only 200 copies printed, of which 41 sets of the 29 vols. alone remained at the dissolution of the Society, in the present year.

OF BEDE'S WORKS, edited by Mr. Stevenson, it is simply necessary to observe, that he entirely follows the text of Smith's edition in the Ecclesiastical History, and that it is to his edition of the biographical and minor historical works of the Father of English History that the collation of MSS. was confined. Of GILDAS' "Groans of the Britons," and NENNIUS' History, the text of Mr. Stevenson is the best, and the CHRONICLE OF RICHARD OF DEVIZES of Richard I., both of home affairs, and the Crusade against Saladin, is here printed for the first time. WILLIAM of MALMESBURY'S Acts and Deeds, of the Kings of England, and his History of his own Time are illustrated with valuable notes by Mr. Hardy, Assistant-Keeper of the Records. ROGER OF WENDOVER'S celebrated Chronicle had never before been printed by itself, and was simply accessible to us in the "Historia Major of Matthew Paris, and in the "Flores Historiarum" of Matthew of Westminster. Therefore, all who like to read an author "ipsissimis verbis,' can do so now, in this admirable edition of Mr. Coxe's, whose Appendix consists of additional matter, incorporated by Matthew Paris in the great

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work of his predecessor, whilst placing it almost bodily into his own. Thus it presents us, as it were, with both Roger of Wendover and Matthew PARIS, up to the year 1235. The notes of Mr. Thorpe are valuable additions to the interesting Chronicle of FLORENCE OF WORCESTER or Bravonius, which includes that of MARIANUS, the text of which is much improved upon that appended to Matthew of Westminster, in the Frankfort edition of 1601. The Chronicle of WALTER OF HEMINGBOROUGH, as Walter Hemingford is here somewhat pedantically named, and the HISTORY OF WILLIAM PETIT, or Parvus, but better known as William of Newbury, both edited by Mr. Hamilton, are important sources of our history. In no portion of it are we so scantily supplied with materials as in that of the Rival Roses. The Anonymous FRENCH CHRONICLE OF BOLINGBROKE'S TREASON to Richard II., and the DEEDS OF HENRY V., the Usurper's son, which has a Norman-French Chronicle appended from 1414 to 1422, now first printed from the original manuscripts with an English translation by Mr. Williams, claim therefore a prominent position in the Annals of that period. TRIVET'S ANNALS and ADAM MURIMUTH, or Meremouth, are reprinted from the Oxford edition of 1719-22, with additions from the MS., and the text revised and illustrated with notes by Mr. Hogg. The former and Roger of Chester, not yet printed, are preserved in MS. in the library of Merton College; and it is much to be regretted that the narrative of the latter, so often referred to by subsequent annalists, is still only accessible in that shape. Adam Merimuth seems to have had a spice of fun about him; for as he began his annals on Michaelmas Day, 1330, by way of continuation to Matthew of Westminster's Flores Historiarum, he places that day at the commencement of each succeeding year, instead of beginning it with March, as was then the custom. The GESTA STEPHANI, in which the acts of King Stephen are admirably and impartially portrayed, edited by Dr. Sewell, describes also minutely localities, more particularly in the counties of Sussex, Hants, Dorset, Wilts, and Lincoln. By far the most important book published by the English Historical Society is MR. KEMBLE'S COLLECTION OF ANGLO-SAXON CHARTERS, alike valuable in the study of law, language, and history, showing what our forefathers thought and did, and how marvellously their descendants in the present day retain unaltered the practical Anglo-Saxon mind, the noblest and best portion of an Englishman's being.

OF THIS IMPORTANT SERIES THE FOLLOWING MAY BE HAD
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2982 ADAMI MURIMUTHENSIS (Saec. XIV.) Chronica sui Temporis ab Anno 1330 ad Annum 1380, ad editionem A. Hall, Oxonii, A.D. 1722 editam, recensuit et Notis illustravit Thos. Hogg ; 8vo. (pub. at 10s. 6d.), boards, 6s. Londini, 1846 Idem liber; royal 8vo. large paper, relié à la Bradel, lettered, 12s. ibid. 1846

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Adam of Murimuth embraces the same period of history as the unpublished Chronicon Wintonense, the MS. of which was presented by William of Wykeham to his College of Winchester. Murimuth's book was intended as the continuation of Matthew of Westminster, as well as of Nicholas Trivet's Annals. Mr. Hogg has added the last ten years of the Chronicle, which had been omitted in Hall's edition.

2984 BEDE (Venerabilis, A.D. 735) Opera Historica Minora cum Appendice Variorum Documentorum, recensuit et Notis illustravit Jos. Stevenson; royal 8vo. large paper, relié à la Bradel, lettered, scarce, 12s. ibid. 1841

Containing the Lives of St. Cuthbert and St. Felix; the Lives of the

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Abbots of Weremouth and Jarrow, which introduce us into the inner life and daily occupation of the monasteries of the Anglo-Saxons; the Chronicle of the Six Ages of the World, a wonderful record of the state of literature at that early period of our history, and important as a system of Chronology; and Letters on Church Discipline, etc.

2985 CHRONIQUE de la Traison et Mort de Richard II., Roy d'Engleterre (A.D. 1399) mise en lumière d'après un Manuscrit de la Bibliothèque Royale de Paris, avec les Variantes fournies par dix autres Manuscrits, des Eclaircissements et un Glossaire, et une Version Anglaise, par Benjamin Williams; 8vo. (pub. at 12s.) boards, 6s. Londini 1846

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La même; royal 8vo, large paper, relié à la Bradel,

12s.
ibid. 1846
Printed for the first time, and most important in filling up the lacunæ
in English history of a period in which our monkish annalists almost en-
tirely pass over the secret springs of action, which governed events, when
the Crown surrendered voluntarily many of its privileges to reconcile the
Clergy and the people to the change of dynasty, which placed the House of
Lancaster on the throne, and which, in little more than fifty years, laid the
surest foundation of our present liberties by destroying the feudal powers of
the barons in the wars of the Roses.

2987 FLORENTII (Wigorniensis Monachi, seu Bravonii, A.D. 1118) Chronicon ex Chronicis ad Fidem Codd. MSS. edidit B. Thorpe; 2 vols. 8vo. (published at £1 1s.) boards, 12s.

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ibid. 1848-9 Idem liber; 2 vols. royal 8vo. large paper, relié à la Bradel, £1 1s. ibid. 1848-9

Florence of Worcester made great use of the Chronicle of Marianus, who lived in the eleventh century, which begins with the birth of Christ, and was continued by Dodechia, Abbot of St. Dissibode, near Treves, to 1200. He brought his history down to the year of his death, 1118, and it was continued by another hand till the year 1163, though not equal to Florence, either for minute accuracy or patient research. The Chronicle of Chronicles is curious in all that relates to the decline of the Anglo-Saxons and the reigns of the Conqueror, the Red King, and Henry Beauclerc. As an instance of its minute accuracy, is the mention of a curious circumstance respecting the Thames in 1114, when the water scarcely reached up to the knees.

2989 GESTA STEPHANI, Regis Anglorum et Ducis Normannorum recensuit R. C. Sewell; 8vo. (pub. at 6s.) boards, 4s. ibid. 1846 Idem liber; royal 8vo. large paper, relié à la Bradel,

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ibid. 1846

7s. 6d.
The anonymous Gesta Stephani is the work of an eyewitness, evidently
an Ecclesiastic, and probably attached to the person of the King, at whose
request even, it has been surmised, it was written, and accordingly he does
not describe what others have told him, but what he really saw and took
part in.
He gives his reader no option, but carries him away with him-
now in a dreary night march, then to the storming of some stronghold, or,
it may be, into the camp of the King and his barons. And withal he is
one of the most honest historians, never concealing the truth, though to
the disadvantage of his master. His narrative should be read with that of
William of Malmesbury, who wrote his account of Stephen's reign by
desire of his rival, Robert of Gloucester.

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2991 GESTA HENRICI V., Angliæ Regis, nunc primum edita; recensuit et Notis illustravit B. Williams; cum Chronica Neustria ab Anno 1414 ad Annum 1422, Gallice scripta, cum Versione Anglicana; 8vo. (published at 10s. 6d.) boards, 6s.

2992

Londini, 1850

Idem liber; royal 8vo. large paper, relié à la Bradel, 10s. 6d. ibid. 1850 This volume also contains a Norman-French Chronicle, extending from 1414 to 1423, full of interest, now first printed from MS., accompanied by an English translation, Notes, and a Glossary. The supposed author of the Latin Chronicle, De Bordin, accompanied Henry to Agincourt, and not only gives full particulars of the campaign, which was crowned by that celebrated battle, but also of Henry's second continental expedition, upon which our historians are all but silent.

2993 GILDE (Sapientis, Saec. VI.) Opus de Excidio Britanniæ ad Fidem Codd. MSS. recensuit Jos. Stevenson; royal 8vo. large paper, relié à la Bradel, scarce, 15s.

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ibid. 1838

Idem liber, cui accedit Nennii Historia Britonum post Stevensonem edidit San-Marte (A. Schulz); 8vo. boards, 3s. 6d. Berl. 1844

This earliest British historian wrote his "Groans of the Britons" in Brittany, where the Roman Britons had found refuge from the truculent oppression of the Saxon savages, who had dispossessed them of the country about 480. It is a sad picture of the vices of the period and the degeneracy of a nation to whom, in the words of Lucan, even the picked troops of Cæsar had shown the "territa terga." This volume also contains the "Historia" and "Vita."

2995 KEMBLE (John M.) Codex Diplomaticus Evi Saxonici; 6 vols. 8vo. boards, very scarce, £4. Londini, 1839-48, Idem liber; 6 vols. royal 8vo. large paper, relié à la Bradel, very scarce, £6 6s. ibid. 1839-48

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Idem liber; Vol. III. to VI. from 966 to 1368 (Wills, Leases, Settlements, &c.) 4 vols. 8vo. boards, £2. ibid. 1845-8

Nothing can be found more characteristic of the state of a nation's civilization at any period, than the Crown's grants and tenures conveyed by charter; and such documents are alike valuable to the historian, the lawyer, and the philosopher. We are proud of our practical Anglo-Saxon sense, and the perusal of this invaluable series of documents brought together by Mr. Kemble, is a marvellous proof that we really inherit that greatest of national blessings from our Saxon ancestors, and that, even as they thought and acted, allowing for altered circumstances, so still does the whole AngloSaxon family, in both hemispheres, think and act at present. In the Muniment-room of Winchester College, amongst the most interesting relics are several charters from Anglo-Saxon sovereigns relating to Hyde Abbey, founded by King Alfred in 890, the lands of which were granted by Edward VI. to the College. 66 "To such documents," says Mr. Kemble, must look for our information respecting the law of real property; the descent of and liabilities of lands; the nature and tenure of service; the authority of the king, the nobility, and the church; even the power of the popular councils. No collection exists in Europe which throws so much light upon the mode of settling the land divisions, titles, and general coudition of the Germanic races, as the collection of boundaries, contained in these volumes.

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"But however great the light which these documents throw upon the foundations and gradual growth of our law, their value is no less, as bearing

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upon the mere details of early English history. That which they are to the codes of the kings in a legal sense, they are also to the annalists in an historical sense. They furnish, in short, the best means of correcting or attesting the assertions of individual writers." A general Index of the names or places, followed by the modern names, as far as practicable, and Dissertations of great interest, accompany the work.

2999 NENNII (Saec. IX. circa A.D. 860) Historia Britonum, ad Fidem Codd. MSS. recensuit et Notis illustravit Jos. Stevenson, roy. 8vo. large paper, relié à la Bradel, scarce, 15s. Londini, 1838 Idem liber, alia Editio, præfixum est GILDE, Sapientis, Opus de Excidio Britanniæ, post Jos. Stevensonem denuo curavit San-Marte (A. Schulz); 8vo. bds. 3s. 6d. Berl. 1844

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The History of Nennius collects together the oral traditions of the Britons of the deeds of their ancestors, and the history of the country, and is valuable as the receptacle of those materials for history, which Celtic nations were wont to prize more highly than written records.

3001 RICHARDI DIVISIENSIS (Sæc. XII. circa 1195) Chronicon de Rebus Gestis Ricardi Primi, Regis Angliæ, nunc primum e Cod. MS. edidit Jos. Stevenson; 8vo. bds. 7s. 6d. Londini, 1838 Idem liber, royal 8vo. large paper, relié à la Bradel, very scarce, 1 Is. ibid. 1838 Richard of Devizes, as he himself tells us, was a monk of the Priory of St. Swithun's in Winchester, and dedicated his book to his late superior, Robert, "who having left his priory and forsaken his profession, cast himself into the sect of the Carthusians at Witham for grief-or, shall it be said, for devotion." There is a tone of quiet banter about the dedication, particularly alluding to the hospitality of the Carthusians, "who divide the affection of charity to strangers, and bless without giving supplies to their guests." His relish for satire is also apparent throughout the Chronicle itself. He introduces the report of a Christian boy having been crucified by the Jews of Winchester, and makes use of it to lash the vices of the principal cities in England, beginning with London, in which, whatever of sin and wickedness exists elsewhere, is all to be met with tenfold there," though Canterbury seems quite as bad, as it is "an assemblage of all that is vile, devoted to the lately canonized Archbishop." As to Winchester, he makes the Jew say, "it is the school of those who desire to live well and prosper. There are therein monks of such compassion and gentleness, clergy of such learning and candour, citizens of such civility and good faith, ladies of such beauty and modesty, that I am almost tempted myself to go there and become a Christian with such Christians. There is but one fault. The Winchester people, though truthful in other things, lie like watchmen in spreading reports." There is much curious matter connected with the See of Winchester, then held by Godfrey de Lucy, who rebuilt the choir of the Cathedral, and "recovered the manors of Meon and Weregrave from the Crown." The Chronicle begins with the year 1189, and ends with Richard's embarkation at Ptolemais, on his return from Palestine in 1193, and is full of curious particulars both as to the Crusades and home affairs. The naval review at Portsmouth in 1190 contrasts amusingly with that which took place on the same waters on the 23rd of April in the present year. It consisted of 100 ships and 14 transports, the equipments of each of which are stated to have been "a crew of fourteen men and a steersman, with 40 horses and men well trained, and 40 foot, and the transports having each a double complement," showing the force that left direct by sea to have been little less than 12,000 men, besides the Neustrian contingent, which accompanied the king to Vezalai, where he met Philip of France by appointment.

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