Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI

Ms. Codex 1070 Genelogies of the Erles of Lecestre and Chester


Genelogies of the Erles of Lecestre and Chester

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Ms. Codex 1070
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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The University of Pennsylvania Libraries


Written in England, ca. 1572-1573.
ca. 1572-1573


Genealogy of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, tracing his descent from the earls of Leicester and Chester, beginning with individuals of the 11th and 12th centuries, and providing the heraldic devices of the principal members of these families. Although the genealogy may have been compiled in association with Robert Dudley's appointment as lieutenant of the Order of the Garter in 1572 or the birth of his illegitimate son in 1574, Robert Dudley is mentioned in the introduction but does not appear within the genealogy, as noted in a late 16th- or early 17th-century hand (f. 18r).



Briquet Lettre B 8077-8079 (1566-1580).


20 leaves : 219 x 165 mm. bound to 223 x 170 mm


Paper, 20; 1¹ 2⁵⁺¹ 3⁸ 4⁴⁺¹; modern foliation in pencil, [1-20], lower right recto.




Contemporary stiff vellum with five cords sewn through and visible on spine and one cord now gone at tail of spine; holes for two missing ties on fore-edge of covers.


  • Written in 25 long lines, ruled in lead; double vertical and single horizontal bounding lines in pale red ink.
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    Miniature of two knights bearing shields with the emblems of Leicester and Chester (f. 2r); 25 small and 2 large (f. 14v, f. 17v) heraldic shields of the descendants of the earls of Leicester and Chester; and an illuminated border throughout formed by the family tree that passes through the heraldic shields and roundels with the names of principal family members, painted in a naturalistic style with leaves resembling elm and oak foliage.


  • Written in a hybrid secretary bookhand.
  • Provenance

    Subjects topical





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