Catalogue description BLACK BOOK OF PETERBOROUGH

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Details of SAL/MS/60
Reference: SAL/MS/60

Composite miscellaneous register of the Benedictine Abbey at Peterborough including a survey, of manors owned by the abbey, copies of early charters, and other material relating to abbey lands, historical extracts, etc.; 12th-14th century. See W. T. Mellors, Henry of Pytchley's Book of Fees, (Northants. Rec. Soc., 2, 1927), xxv, xxxiii; G. R. C. Davis, Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain (1958), 86 (no. 754); Janet Martin, The Cartularies and Registers of Peterborough Abbey (Northants. Rec. Soc., 28, 1978), 108-26. Edmund King, 'The Peterborough 'Descriptio Militum' (Henry I)', English Hist. Rev., 84 (1969), 84-101, edits fols. 14-18; D. Roffe, 'The Descriptio Terrarum of Peterborough Abbey', Historical Research, 65 (Feb. 1992), 1-16, edits fols. 23-4. Inventory of the muniments, mid 13th century, bound in at fols. 81-3v (Davis, ibid., 87 (no. 763)). Contents listed by Ellis (1816), 22-9, and Mon. Angl., I, 372; see also T. Stapleton, ed., Chronicon Petroburgense (Camden Soc., OS, 47 (1849)). SAL/MS/131 is a transcript commissioned by the Earl of Exeter (see below).

Date: c.1125-8
Held by: Society of Antiquaries of London, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Physical condition: Vellum; ff. i + 264. 12th-14th century. Quarto. Leather, brown (19th century), blind-tooled. Dark green slipcase. Names (some signatures) of Peterborough monks, fol. 263; on fol. 2v, 'Iste Liber vocatur Niger Liber Anglice The Blak Bowke', 16th century.
Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Brownlow (Cecil), 9th Earl of Exeter, 25 June 1778 (fol. 2v), with SAL/MSS/38, 126, 131. Minute Book XVI, p. 67.

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