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XI. London’s Liber Custumarum MS B: Corpus Christi College Cambridge 70, fos. 173-80.

by Professor David Carpenter

This volume (now split between Corpus Christ College MSS 70 and 258) contains legislation and other legal material.1 After the transcription of the Charter there is a brief narrative in the same hand running down to the birth of Henry III’s sons and daughters by Eleanor of Provence. The next entry, mentioning Edward I’s confirmation of Henry III’s charter of liberties, is in a smaller hand and darker ink. It would seem likely, therefore, that the 1215 Charter was copied in the reign of Henry III but after 1245, by which time he had both sons and daughters. The Charter is described as ‘Carta de Ronnemede’. It is preceded by the following narrative.

Carta Regis Johnannis quam fecit baronibus suis Anglie in guerra tunc temporis pace formata et facta inter ipsum Regem et dictos Barones que pax in brevi tempore postea per ipsum Regem fracta fuit dicta carta numquam observata.

Against chapter 12, there is the note ‘de talliagio Lond’’.

In chapter 18, the king’s judges are to tour the counties three times a year not four.

In chapter 20, ‘magno delicto’ is written mistakenly as ‘magnitudine’.

In chapter 30, ‘vel aliquis alius capiat equos’ is omitted.

Chapter 44 reads ‘omnes summonitiones’ not ‘communes summonitiones’.

Chapter 61 reads ‘petentes’ rather than ‘petent’ – ‘petentes ut excessum illum sine dilatione faciamus emendari’. For ‘petentes’ see also below nos. XII, XIII, XV and ‘3: Huntington G’, nos. IV and V.

The Charter is given on 16 June.


See N. Ker, ‘Liber Custumarum and other manuscripts formerly at the Guildhall’, Guildhall Miscellany, 1 (1954), pp.135-6.

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