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William Worcester, Itineraria(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
William Botoner of Worcester
Codicology:Paper, 297 x 137 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), (11.7 x 4.2 to 4.4 in.), pp. 332, irregularly written on various papers folded and stitched together. Cent. xv.
Provenance:The pages are numbered in red chalk, as if by Parker. Like MS 205 the book is noticed by T. James (just before 1600) but does not occur in Parker's list.
There is a partial transcript in MS 101. 31. From the existence of this we may conclude that the book was known to Parker: very probably he acquired it late in life.
Research:The text was edited (with some omissions) by Nasmith in 1778 (Itinerarium Symonis Simeonis et Will. de Worcestre, etc.). See also Willis, Architectural Nomenclature of the Middle Ages, Camb. Ant. Soc. 4to 1844, where a facsimile of a portion of text is given.
Research:In 1751 it was examined by Blomefield.
A new edition is badly needed.
Research:Other note-books of William Botoner are Cotton Julius F. vii, Sloane 4 (medical), Arundel 48 at Coll. of Arms (ed. by Hearne): cf. also Lambeth 506.
He owned various MSS. now at Oxford: Balliol 124, New Coll. 162, Magd. 26, 65, 198. Laud. Misc. 674 was in part written by him.
See Dictionary of National Biography s.v. Worcester.
Foliation: pp. 1-334(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: English, Latin and Middle French.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
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William Worcester, Itineraria (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Itinerarium sive liber rerum memorabilium Willelmi [Bottoner] de Worcestre (Content authored by Nasmith)
Hic codex charactere valde difformi exaratur, et interlineationibus ubique scatet ita ut videatur fuisse autographum autoris in itineribus suis compilatum: occidentals et orientales partes hums regni saepe visitavit, ecclesias et monasteria descripsit seu potius mensuravit, nihil enim notavit praeter longitudines et latitudines quas per gressus suos computavit, et ex obituariis et chronicis quaedam excerpsit : diligentiam facile laudares, judicium ubique desiderares; primus tamen fuit, qui Angliam perlustrare aggressus est, et si maximas laudes assecutus sit Lelandus vestigiis ejus feliciore gradu insistens, nonnullae ipsi Bottonero debentur, qui viam ei monstravit(Content authored by Nasmith)
[Nasmith gives references to the pages of the partial transcript of this Itinerary which is in MS 101, art. 31. I omit these, but give instead references to the pages of Nasmith's printed edition. I also mark with an asterisk those items which Nasmith has omitted]
1
* Fragmentum testamenti R. Halwey A.D. 1454
The first two pages are a copy of the will of Ric. Halwey of St Andrew's Castlecumb (1454), with certificate of probate endorsed
4
De obitibus fundatorum ecclesiae S. Mariae Tinternae, et de genere eorum ex antiquo kalendario
(N. p. 77)
5
Descriptio ecclesiae Tinternae
(p. 78)
6
De Fontibus fluviorum Avyn Thamesiae Frome et Castelcombe
(p. 79)
6
De castro antiquissimo vocato Yeffandebry super le Playn de Salesbery
(80)
7
Descriptio ecclesiae de Romesey
(80)
7
Descriptio ecclesiae de Sarum
(81)
7
Excerpta ex obituariis dictae civitatis
(81)
7
Descriptio ecclesiae monasterii de Wilton juxta Sarum
(81)
8
Excerpta ex martirologio fratrum sancti Francisci civitatis Sarum
(82)
8
Descriptio ecclesiarum de Radclyff Bristol et Tyntern
(82, 83)
8
De Willelmo Canyng mercatore Bristollensi et postea decano ecclesiae de Westbery
(83)
9
Epitaphium regis Gulielmi I
(Another hand) (83)
9
Excerpta ex chronico Gildae apud monasterium de Walden in Essexia
(84)
11
De nobilitate Andreae Ogard: de proportione et mensura dominii manerii de Rye per 16 miliaria de London in Essex: de manerio de Ermeth per 2 miliaria de Wisbech; de castello de Bokenham et de castello de Hownesdon
(86)
12
* A medicine for the stone
(Worcester's hand)
12
De hospitio ducis Bedfordiae
(89)
13
De aquis quae currunt per Kirton et Lamport
(90, 91)
13
Excerpta ex kalendario martirologii monasterii de Newnam prope Axminster
(90)
14
De sepulturis quorundam sanctorum
(90, 91)
14
De ecclesia monasterii de Newnam; de castello et ecclesia cathedrali Excester; de Axwater Comwich et Bridgewater
(92, 93)
15
De Edmundo Lacy episcopo Exon.
(93)
16
De castello Excestre; de ponte de Honiton-clist; de ponte S. Mariae de Otrey; de Exmouth
(94)
17
Nomina diversorum castellorum et turrium in Devonia, etc.
(94)
18
Itinerarium Cornubiae ad occidentalem suum finem
(97)
19
* Regulae astrologicae de fausto precandi tempore
(Worcester's hand)
19
De insulis occidentalibus
(98)
19
De navibus Willelmi Canyng, qui fuit major London. [Bristol?] quinque vicibus
(99)
20
De edificatione monasterii de Bukelonde
(99)
20
De fundatione ecclesiae fratrum ordinis S. Francisci de Bodnam, et de obitibus ibi inventis
(99)
20
Descriptio ecclesiae predictae
(100)
20
De flumine apud Falmouth
(101)
21
Publicatio bullae papalis datae ecclesiae Montis S. Michaelis in Cornubia A.D. 1070
(101)
21
Memorabilia de praedicta ecclesia
(102)
21
Descriptio ejusdem
(103)
22
Nomina principalium fluviorum in Cornubia et Devonia
(103)
24
Informatio Thomas Peperell de obitibus et sepulturis quorundam sanctorum
(105)
24
(23)
De Castris de Lidiford et Okehampton et de flumine de Lidiford
(106)
25
De diebus quibus sancti venerantur
(107)
25
Excerpta ex kalendario ecclesiae de Bodman
(107)
26
De situ villae de Lawnceston
(108)
26
De fluminibus de Bodman Tintmouth Plimouth, etc.
(108)
27
De insulis in ore maritimo Cornubiae sitis
(110)
28
Descriptio ecclesiae villae de Bodman
(111)
28
Nobiles et generosi in kalendario fratrum S. Francisci de Bodman
(111)
29
De pestilentia apud Anglos A.D. 1348, ex registro de Bodman
(112)
29
De quibusdam sanctis
(113)
30b
(30)
De morte Ricardi Radford de Pogg-hill juxta Kirton
(114)
30b
(30)
Versus in ecclesia de Tavystoke
(115)
30b
(30)
Excerpta ex kalendario et descriptio ejusdem ecclesiae
(115)
31
De ponte Bristol, et capella ibidem
(116)
31
De diversis castris et aquis
(117)
32
Homines lanceati Griffith Don apud captionem domini Gawcourt
(118)
32
De obitibus et sepulturis quorundam sanctorum et regum
(119)
33
Carta Cuthredi regis West-saxonum
(119)
33
De ecclesiis pontis Bristol. Glastynbery et Radcliff
(120)
34
* De Ricardo Lidbery de Glastynbery
34
* De ecclesia S. Pauli de Bristol
34
Nobiles et generosi occisi apud Hedgecote-field per exercitum comitis de Warwick
(120)
35
* Expensse autoris
35
De obsidione castri Mont-Michael quod tenuit comes de Oxford
(122)
35
De fundatione collegii de Penryn
(122)
36
Itinerarium per Cornubiam et pontes super Tamer
(123)
39
* Letter from R. Bottoner to William of Worcester
39
The letter has been folded and some of Worcester's notes written on the blank side. It runs as follows (so far as it is seen)
Sir youre blissyng and my modirs desirid I sent yow a letter by Master Paston man. Which is in that / contre etc. Sir I am with my maister lovel god geue me grace to plese hym. And sir he wol nedes / haue a bed and I haue take youre bed except fethirbed and bolstre etc. Sir your hostes made suche / wark that I am not fare with her they wold not let me haue the bed tyll my coson sent / his maid ye be remembrid ze bad me take it but I beseche yow of a fethir a matras and shift / of shetes by the next man or els my maister will refuse etc. I pray yow to haue a gowne / or ell. vjs viijd for and I haue money I shall make shift wit my Roset gowne and for / othir thyngis which most be had I pray yow send to my coson to take yt me and to take it / vp' in rent and he may lend yow a matras tyll ye come etc. this most be answerd by the next / man that comyth etc. your hostes seth pleynly that she is the wors for yow by xl. s. etc. / she will nat delyuer yower fethirbed tyll ther be Rekenyng made ye may witt to
(one line hidden)
my coson to se awey at this pertyng etc. sir ther come thomas kent to me and he hath be / with the wedew for the yong woman. And whan sho comyth sho shall be welcome etc. / sir the Ravyn which nest is made in charyng cros it is withyn the Ston and ther comyth / no foule but he fleth them. Som sey it is a tokyn. which hath be profecied for the batell / which shuld begyn by the meanis of prestes there abought (interlined the same rofe(?)) etc. Sir for Goddissake thank / sir John Paston and any thyng that may help I pray yow do youre delygence he hath holp / me he comand me writ a letter to hym and so I haue and send it to yow to delyuer etc. / No more etc. but God prospere you I pray yow comaund me to my modir and sister and brodir and / all my frendis I pray yow remembre my mater I here no word of the ansuere of W. B. demaundes etc. youre boke is to Wynchestre etc. Wrete on Tuesday iiid weke of lent. / R. Botoner
Endorsed
“To Willm worcestre this be delyuered / In hast. etc.”
40
Continuatio Itinerarii
(123)
42
Top of item at p. 39 (letter from R. Bottoner to William of Worcester)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
45
De ecclesia de Penryn
(128)
46
De Brokmanno et progenie ejus
(129)
47
De comitibus Pembrokiae ex familiis de Strongbow et Marescalli
(131)
48
Obitus Ioannis Bennet rectoris de Pitney
(132)
48
Itinerarium a Ware ad montem Michaelis in Cornubia
(132)
49
De ponte de Chepstow
(133)
49
De ecclesia cathedrali Wellensi et Willelmo secundo episcopo
(133)
50
De ecclesiis de Glastynbery Allaunston et Launceston et de nuptiis Henrici II
(134)
51
Nomina liberorum tenentium in Acle tempore Rogeri Bigod et reditus ejusdem manerii
(135)
54
Descriptio ecclesiae de Bridgewater et excerpta ex kalendario
(136)
54
Descriptio ecclesiae de Kirton
(137)
55
Aquas plures currentes per Salysbury
(138)
56
Excerpta ex kalendario de Hyde prope Winchester
(139)
56
Descriptio ecclesiae cathedralis Winton
(140)
57
De insulis Thorney Hanyng Wortham et de fluminibus Andever et Stockbridge
(140)
58
De quibusdam sanctis
(141)
59
Excerpta ex kalendario sub custodia scriptoris “Text-writer” commorantis apud Seynt Mary Strond
(141)
60
Diarium itineris ab autore facti a Norwico ad Montem S. Michaelis et illuc ad Londinum
(142)
66
Informatio Willelmi Powell de Tintern de quibusdam rupibus in Wallia
(147)
67
De certis insulis Norwalliae ut in libro itinerarii Walliae Geraldi Cambrensis
(148)
68
Descriptio ecclesiae de Mochely
(150)
69
Declaratio insularum Hiberniae ex parte meridionali Scotiae
(151)
71
De insulis in principio introitus aquae de Severn
(154)
72
De insulis in Severn versus Bristolliam
(155)
73
Excerpta ex kalendario ubi de fundatoribus prioratus de Brecknock
(156)
75
Excerptiones de antiquis chronicis Britonum in Gallica lingua quae incipiunt “En la cite de grande Troye estoit ung noble chevalier”
(157)
77
De Waltero Breus et sobole ejus
(159)
78
Capitanei et homines armati ad Bellum de Vernellie
(160)
79
Comedia ad monasterium de Hulmo directa
(161, 162)
78
(79)
De damasella de Dygeon
(161)
80
De Ricardo domino Cromwell
(162)
80
De multis sanctis
(163)
83
De castris per Ricardum regem Alemaniae fundatis
(164)
84
De familia de Brainche
(164)
86
De ecclesia S. Pauli London
(166)
86
De ecclesia S. Mariae Magd. Oxon.
(166)
87
Descriptio civitatis de Bristol, 87-168
(166)
131
De academia Oxon.
(222)
132
De insulis Irlandiae
(223)
149
Notulae de chronicis Mariani Scoti apud librariani omnium sanctorum
(229)
152
Excerpta ex martirologio fratrum predicatorum Bristol
(233)
169
Nobiles ex parte regis apud le Jorney de Waltham contra ducem Ebor.
(256)
169
Descriptio ecclesiae S. Nicolai de Jermuth
(256)
171
De monasterio et ecclesia parochiali de Berry
(257)
172
De civitate de Hereford
(259)
173
* Expensae et itinera autoris
175
De civitate Bristol
(259)
181
* Dicta sapientium sive proverbia
The proverbs are headed
181
Rubric:
Prouerbia certorum (?) philosophorum compilata per magistrum Iohannem halle de Aula Regis Cantebrigie
183
Quod cives Nordowicenses et Jernemuthenses visitaverunt matrem regis apud monasterium de Hulmo
(261)
185
* De insulis Canariis
185
Rubric:
De Insulis Canariis
185
Insula voc' insula mader.
Portio insula distans ab Insula mader per 20 miliar'.
Seynt Marry Island distat ab insula Mader per a day and half seylyng (twice).
By northyse Islandes sunt due Insule viz.
Insula pryke [pyke]. et alia Insula vocata the
Isle of hawkes. vbi gentes portugalie
Inhabitant alia est Insula ...
Verd Insula seynt Jorge Island
Tenereff Insula Rex Tenereffe,
Insula graunt Canere [Caneree]
Caneree of belun Ins de graunt Canarye
187
De Blackstonys insula in aqua de Severn
(262)
189
Way from Bristow to Chester; et de pontibus super Sabrinam
(263)
190
De civitate Bristol
(263)
191
De rege Henrico I. de Anglia et Hibernia
(264)
193
Rubric:
Catalogus operum Iohannis Grosthead episcopi Lincoln.
(266)
193
De primis regibus Saxonicis in Anglia
(267)
194
* Excerpta ex Ovidio
195
De Iohanne Jay et de navigatione incepta a Bristol usque ad insulam de Brasylle ex occidentali parte Hiberniae
(267)
196
De civitate Bristol
(268)
201
Itinera autoris
(275)
203
De parentela autoris
(276)
205
De Cyrencestre et Cotyswold et de fontibus Tamisiae et Avyn
(277)
206
Willelmus Rufus occisus in foresta Ykene
(279)
206
De castro Torre, Cyrencestre, de doctore Neckham, et de Bresingfield-park
(279)
207
Excerpta ex libro chronicorum qui incipit “Summum laboris linimen et doloris solamen”
(280)
209
De Oxforth
(281)
209
De fundatione ecclesiae Sheen-Syon prope Braynford
(282)
209
De militibus apud bellum de Vernoyle creatis
(282)
209
De civitate Bristol
(282)
210
De monasterio de Malmesbury et de ecclesiis de Castelcombe et Radclyffe
(283)
211
De aula episcopi et ecclesiis cathedralibus Bathon. et Wellen.
(284)
212
De operibus magnificis factis per episcopum Bath et Well.
(285)
213
De cursu aquae de Uske in Wallia
(287)
213
Descriptio cavernae dictae Woky-hole prope Wells
(288)
214
De civitate Bristol
(289)
215
De ecclesia cathedrali Wellensi
(290)
216
De piscatione in aqua currente de Woky-hole
(291)
216
De castellis prope Wellys
(291)
217
Descriptio monasterii Glastoniae
(292)
218
Descriptio ecclesiae S. Katerinae Bristol
(294)
219
De castris Nevillorum et de sancto Bonifacio
(295)
220
Descriptio ecclesiarum, etc. Oxoniae
(296)
221
Descriptio Kingston Sheene
(297)
222
Descriptio ecclesiae de Eaton
(299)
222
Excerpta ex Gilda
(299)
223
* Figura astrologica
224
Descriptio monasterii de Abyndon
(300)
226
De edificatione claustri ecclesiae cathedralis Norwicensis
This page is not in William Botoner's own hand. It resembles that of the copy of the same document in a Norwich Register(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
(302)
227
Excerpta ex chronico de vita sanctorum in libraria de Thetford
(303)
228
Descriptio abbatiae de Holm et plurium ecclesiarum in civitate Norwicensi
(305)
229
Nomina generosorum ex kalendario martirologii fratrum Augustinens. Norwicens.
(307)
230
Descriptio ecclesiarum de Bury et Thetford cum versibus in obitum Thomae Brotherton comitis Norfolkiae, et epitaphio Willelmi Elmham
(308)
231
De Scotia
(310)
233
De insulis de Man, Anglesey, Prestholme, et Ormeshead
(311)
234
De Irlandia
(313)
236
* Letter from J. Bowles (continued at p. 257)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
236
from Waltham, 24 Feb., asking the recipient to report to the writer any slanders that may be uttered against him in his absence: and protesting his innocence of any offence
237
De Suecia et Denmark
(315)
238
Quod Francigenae, Calisiam sibi a custode fore traditam expectantes, a rege ipso Edwardo III. acriter repulsi sunt
(316)
238
De rotunda tabula Edwardi III
(317)
239
De Norway Denmark et regionibus circumjacentibus
(318)
241
De cursu fluminum de Wye et de Uske
(319)
243
De castris de Oswester et Knoklass
(320)
244
* Indenture between the executors of sir John Fastolf and Thomas Cager and Robert Kirton dated 10 Feb. 3 Edw. IV (continues at p. 249)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
245
De familia de Fastolf
(320)
245
De S. Thoma de Becket
(321)
246
De obsidione Castrel-Fastolf per ducem de Norfolk
(321)
248
Nomina fluminum in Wallia
(325)
251
De bello apud Mortymer-cross
(327)
253
Descriptio ecclesiae de Hulmo
(331)
258
De genere Nevillorum
(332)
261
* Termini Arabici in instrumento astrolabii
261
has at top
261
Rubric:
Multiplicacio numerorum secundum laborem dompni Thome Hengham Religiosi monasterii norwicensis
262
De Castre, et de ecclesiis S. Petri Norwicensis, et prioratuum de Combwell et de Makstoke
(332)
263
Descriptio ecclesiae de Hulmo et ecclesiae de Smallburgh
(333)
264
Descriptio ecclesiae de Walsyngham
(335)
264
Notae historicae
(336)
265
Excerpta ex libro Brewster in monasterio de Hulmo ubi de origine civitatis Norwici
(336)
267
Nobiles viri sepulti in monasterio praedicto et descriptio ecclesiae ibidem
(339)
268
Nobiles in fraternitatem hujus monasterii recepti
(342)
269
De Jernemuth
(343)
273
Nomina abbatum monasterii de Hulmo
(346)
276
Alia excerpta ex libro Brewster
(349)
277
De edificationibus Ricardi Beauchamp comitis Warwici
(352)
279
* De insulis in mare Graeco
279
Hic declarantur nomina et naturas circa xl ... insulas in mare greco de parte iiiixx insularum scituatarum vocatarum Insule Cicladum maris(?) venesiani et Rodes. versus Irlm compilat' anno christi 1470 london(?) per willm Worcestre ... de libro Christoferi Baldemont clerici qui laborauit in singulis dictarum iiiixx(?) insularum pertinenti (libro .s.) domino Johanni ffastolf de Castre in comitatu norff. quondam morantis (?)
Begins with Corfu, Pachise, Leucon, Dulchya, Chipalonia, Modon, Corona, Citharea, etc. etc.
Spaces are left on pp. 284, 286, 292, “pro histori(a) et portratura Insule precedentis pingendis”
The source is Cristoforo Buondelmonte's Liber Insularum written in 1422
297
De aqua Devent et Southwark water
(354)
300
Of the course of the Severn (continues at p. 311)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
(355)
301
Pontes Cornubiae et de S. Magno et Mayden-manno episc. de Orkeney
(356)
302
De familia de Gough
(357)
303
De pluribus aquis et insulis
(357)
305
* De insulis in parte meridionali maris
309
* Bill of expences in a law-suit
312
De familia de Percy
(360)
313
De le rescus de Cane, etc.
(360)
314
* De Arturo rege Britonum
(Long lines, continued on p. 323)
315
Nomina abbatiarum
(361)
316
De temporibus quibus ordines religiosi instituti sunt
(362)
316
De abbatiis ordinis Premonstr.
(362)
317
De obitibus diversorum ex familiis de Hemingrafe et Thorp
(363)
319
Notae historicae
(366)
321
Manerium de Rye dirutum et ad terram complanatum
(367)
321
De captione Castre-fastolf
(368)
322
De civitate Norwici
(369)
322
Manerium de Castre juxta Norwicum combustum
(369)
325
De hospitio Thomae Beauford ducis Excestriae
(370)
328
Nomina eorum qui fuerunt cum duce Norfolciae in Bargea sua cum fere submersus fuit juxta pontem London.
(374)
329
* Account of plate sold belonging, as I conjecture, to sir John Fastolf
330
* Expences at Oxford
(Another hand)
331
De ecclesia fratrum August. in Gorlyston cum excerptis ex kalendario
(375)
332
At the end of the volume, after the note on St Patrick (N. p. 378), is
332
Ve michi nascenti . ve nato . ve morienti
Ve michi quod sine ve non viuet filius cue
333
A fragment of a leaf follows. The marginal notes which remain show that it contained descriptions of churches at Yarmouth and Norwich. They are as follows
James provides a graphic representation of this fragment, to observe the layout see this figure:
(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
333
Jern
... fact
francisci ... latitude
... longi ...
... longitudo
carmelitarum ...
... latitudo
(porta Ecclesie Jermuth)
... latitudo por
Jermuth
blue
(Thyrlby Ecclesia)
... longitude Ecc
... latitudo vero
... longitude dicte Ec
... latitudo vero continet.
1479 ... Die lune 12 die J
prioratu norwic qi
... militis in dome Rector
... Thome havys Cas
... cist. ad valorem
... in maxima
... atrament
(Chorus Norwic ffratrum Scanti ffrancisci)
... Eccl
... lo
... E
... a
... t”
334
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