Notes to the Text

Pages 263-264

The Historical Collections of a Citizen of London in the Fifteenth Century. Originally published by Camden Society, London, 1876.

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Page 97.

Line 17.—"And the Monday was the terment of the Lorde Moumbrey at the Whytte Freerys in [t]e cytte of London ys subbarbys."

Stowe also says in his account of Whitefriars: "There lay buried also, in the middle of the new Choir, Sir John Mowbray, Earl of Nottingham, 1398." But according to all our Peerage Historians Thomas Lord Mowbray, who was created Earl of Nottingham in 1383, did not die in 1398, but was created Duke of Norfolk in 1397.

Page 163.

Line 8.—"And the same yere, the xxx day of October, the Erle of Saulysbury was hurte." The chronicle in Vitell. A. xvi., which is here derived from the same source as Gregory's, gives "the xxxj daye of Octobre" as the date. As the second of November is given as the date of his death, this is in harmony with the statement in Grafton, that he died two days after his wound. But Monstrelet, who is followed by Hall, states that he languished eight days; and the inquisitions post mortem, as cited by Dugdale, find that he died on the third of November. This date, it may be added, is given in no fewer than twenty-three different documents.

Line 14.—"And the secunde daye of Advente there were ij heretyks objuryd." For "daye," of course, we should read "Sonday," which is the reading in the Vitellius MS.

Lines 19, 20.—"And the xij evyn aftyr was i-broughte unto London, and hadde hys masse at Poulys, and hys bonys buryde at Birsham."

Owing to an omission in the MS. this sentence reads as if it referred to Wycliffe, which is absurd. In the similar chronicle, Vitell. A. xvi. (at f. 87) the passage stands as follows:

"And on the xijth even after the bonys of the Erle of Salisbury were brought to London, and had his masse atte Powles; and than caried unto the priory of Birsham, and there y-buried with his auncestours the which were fownders therof."

Even here, however, there is a strange inconsistency, for in the preceding paragraph it is said that he was interred at St. Paul's on the first Sunday in Advent.