The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark B.15.19
Manuscript Title

Epistola ad Cardinales

Alternative Title

Henrici VIII. Epistola ad Cardinales.

James Number 355
Date Cent. xvi. [1529]
Century 16th
Physical Description

26 lines to a page. In a beautiful Italic hand.


Given by Nevile. At the top of the second leaf is (xvi) No.1092. Epistola Cardinalibus a dignissimo principi Henerico 8 o missa.

Donor Neville [Nevile], Thomas (c. 1548–1615), College Head and Dean of Canterbury
Size (cm) 29 x 20
Folio 20 ff.
Binding Stamped leather with gold tooling (Italian?): on it is written in ink Epistola Regis ad Cardinales
Material Parchment
Language Latin
IIIF Manifest URL
Online Since 20/01/2015


Title. Verso of second leaf.
Henricus Octavus dei gratia Angliae et Franciae Rex fidei defensor et Dominus Hiberniae Reuerendissimis in christo fratribus Thomę et Laurentio sacrosancte sedis Romanę presbiteris Cardinalibus etc.: et ab eadem sede Iudicibus delegatis salutem.
Non adeo mirum uobis uideri debet Judices.
nec ipsi quidem introeunt et eos qui huc irrumpere satagunt, prohibent.
Two blank leaves follow.


Hobson, G. D., Bindings in Cambridge Libraries: Seventy-Two Plates (Cambridge 1929), pl. XXII [London binding, 1529: records tradition that this MS lay on the table in front of the cardinals who tried Henry VIII's divorce in 1529]

Carley, J. P., The Libraries of King Henry VIII, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 7 (London, 2000), H2.1092, H4.27

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