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XV. A late thirteenth, early fourteenth-century statute book: British Library Harley MS 746, fos.59v-64.

by Professor David Carpenter

In chapter 2, a later hand has altered the £100 baronial relief to 100 marks.

In chapter 4, where the text refers to sheriffs and others answering to the king ‘de exitibus illius’, a later hand has inserted ‘terre’ -  ‘exitibus terre illius’ - a word first introduced in the Charter of 1216.

Chapter 20 reads ‘incidit’ not ‘inciderint’.

At the end of chapter 39, the word ‘convincatur’ is added.

Chapter 61 reads ‘petentes’ rather than ‘petent’. (See above no. XI)

In the margin, opposite chapter 61, another hand has added the names of the twenty-five barons of the security clause.1


‘The Registrum’, a mid fourteenth-century general cartulary of Lincoln cathedral, has a copy of the 1215 Charter. This is surely a copy of the cathedral’s engrossment but I have still to do a detailed collation. I hope to shortly. See C. Breay, J. Harrison and D. M. Smith, Medieval cartularies of Great Britain and Ireland (London, 2010), no.1/6; The Registrum Antiquissimum of the Cathedral Church of Lincoln: volume 1, ed. C.W. Foster (Lincoln Record Society,  27, 1930), no.210, pp.lxx, xli.

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