Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 467: John Grandisson, Vita Sancti Thomae Cantuariensis
Ioh. de Grandison. Vita S. Thomae
ff. 2 + 126
164 Height (mm) and 113 Width (mm)
[ca. 1400 - 1425]
On f. iv: Liber Roberti Hare ex dono Iohannis Swyfte auditoris. f. iir-iiv blank.
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Vita Sancti Thomae Cantuariensis
CCCC MS 467 is a fifteenth-century copy of the Life of St Thomas Becket by John Grandisson (d. 1369), also found in CCCC MSS 275 and 464. It has some decorated initials. The manuscript has an inscription saying that it was given to Robert Hare (d. 1611) by John Swift, auditor (d. 1570). It had presumably passed into the hands of Matthew Parker before 1575. Hare was a recusant - he gave the famous manuscript by Thomas Elmham OSB (d. c. 1427) to Trinity Hall (MS 1) in Cambridge on condition that it was returned to St Augustine's Canterbury if it was ever rebuilt - and his antiquarian links with scholars such as Parker, Arthur Agarde, John Stow, etc, shed an interesting light on the friendly scholarly relations which could exist between Protestants and Roman Catholics at this time.