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CHRONICON

DOMINI

WALTERI DE HEMINGBURGH.

DOMINI

WALTERI DE HEMINGBURGH,

VULGO HEMINGFORD NUNCUPATI,

ORDINIS SANCTI AUGUSTINI CANONICI REGULARIS,
IN CENOBIO BEATE MARIE DE GISBURN,

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PREFACE.

IN the Preface to the former volume of this Chronicle some observations were offered on its historical value, and the life of its author; but, an opinion that the portion subsequent to the year 1297 was written by a continuator at a later period was not adverted to. The abrupt termination of three of the MSS. at that year, and the intention expressed in the prologue of bringing the History down to the year 1300, appear to have been the principal causes which led to this supposition; but there is reason for believing that the whole of the reign of Edward I., if not of Edward II. and III., came from the pen of Hemingburgh. The MSS. which conclude at the year 1297 are, the MS. at the College of Arms, MS. Cotton. Tiberius B. Iv., and the MS. R. 7, 9, in Trinity College, Cambridge. These MSS. are well written on

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1 Mr. Hardy, in his valuable | correct an inaccuracy at p. 13 of Introduction to the Monumenta the Preface to Vol. I. MS. Coll. Historica Britannica seems in- Arm. was presented to the colclined to the idea, that "perhaps lege by Heury Duke of Norfolk, the only part of the History that having been formerly part of the was composed by Hemingford is collection of Thomas Earl of that which terminates in the year Arundel. The William Howarde 1297." whose autograph occurs was Lord William Howard of Naworth.

2 By the kindness of Sir Charles Young I am enabled to

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