Further Reading


Bodleian Library, MS e. Mus. 42 is one of a known cluster of eleven rolls and roll-codices which all contain a version of the same genealogical history and demonstrate a uniformity of design in script, decoration and layout, suggesting that they were produced by the same group of collaborative artisans:

  • Cambridge, Trinity College, MS R. 4. 3 [Latin text, roll-codex; digital facsimile available here]
  • Copenhagen, Kongelige Bibliotek, MS NY. Kgl. 1848 fol. [Latin text, roll]
  • London, British Library, Add. MS 31950 [abbreviated English text, roll]
    • Harley Roll C. 9 [Latin text, roll-codex]
    • Stowe MS 72 [abbreviated Latin text, roll]
    • Stowe MS 73 [abbreviated English text, roll-codex]
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS e. Mus. 42 [English text, roll-codex]
    • MS Lyell 33 [English text, roll-codex]
  • Oxford, Brasenose College, MS 17 [abbreviated Latin text, roll-codex]
  • Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MS 207 [English text, roll-codex]
  • New Haven, Beinecke Library, MS Marston 242 [English text, roll; digital facsimile available here]

To these eleven examples we would propose the addition of a twelfth, London, College of Arms, MS Arundel 23 [abbreviated English text, roll-codex], which displays the same characteristic features.


Allan, Alison, ‘Yorkist propaganda: Pedigree, Prophecy and the “British History” in the Reign of Edward IV’, in C. Ross, ed., Patronage, Pedigree and Power in Later Medieval England (Totowa, 1979), 171-192 [on the propaganda background]

Anglo, Syndey, ‘The British History in Early Tudor Propaganda’, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 44 (1961), 17-48 [on the propaganda background]

de la Mare, Albinia, Catalogue of the Collection of Medieval Manuscripts Bequeathed to the Bodleian Library, Oxford by James P. R. Lyell (Oxford, 1971), 82–85 [discusses the tradition of genealogical rolls and roll-codices in the course of describing another example]

Lamont, Meg, ‘“Genealogical” History and the English Roll’, in Medieval Manuscripts, Their Makers and Users: A Special Issue of Viator in Honor of Richard and Mary Rouse (Turnhout, 2001), 245-261 [on history rolls as this one]

Newhauser, Richard G., and Arthur J. Russell., ‘Mapping Virtual Pilgrimage in an Early Fifteenth-Century Arma Christi Roll’, in The Arma Christi in Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture, ed. by Lisa H. cooper and Andrea Denny-Brown (Farnham, 2014), 83-112 [on the experience of reading religious texts in roll format]


Canterbury Roll [a website dedicated to a Latin roll in the same tradition, now held by the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; last accessed 9 January 2017]