Paston book of arms
- nd [c 1450] (Creation)
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This manuscript has been in the possession of Francis Blomefield, Thomas Martin, and John Ives, and has their autographs. From the library of Mr Harwood.
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Formerly known as Friar John Brackley's Armorial [circa 1460]. Contains 73 coloured drawings of arms of the Pastons and Mautbys, and their matches, as well as obits and pedigrees of Pastons and Barrys (fo. 58-fo. 63) and a French grammar (fo. 64-fo. 66). Norman Davis (in 'MS Walter Rye 38 and its French Grammar' in 'Medium Aevum' xxxi (1962) no. 2) suggests that this is actually a Paston book of arms, c. 1450, and concludes that the handwriting of the obits and grammar is that of William Paston (d. 1496), son of William Paston (d. 1444), rather than that of Friar Brackley.
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Unfit for production. At the request of John Alban is undergoing treatment.
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5¾ by 4¼.
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Digital images available on the Pastons Footprints website https://www.thisispaston.co.uk/pastonbookarms.html [website accessed 6 April 2021].
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It is described by Revd Edmund Farrer, F.S.A., in 'Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany', vol 3 (1887) pp. 424-438; by Oswald Barron in 'The Ancestor', vol 10 (1904) pp. 87-97 and Norman Davis, 'MS Walter Rye 38 and its French Grammar' in 'Medium Aevum' xxxi, no. 2 (1962). There is also an online article, 'The Paston book of arms c. 1450: NRO, MS Rye 38' at <http://heraldry.freeservers.com/pastons.htm> [accessed 16 August 2012].
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Created 22/11/2005 by droip. Modified 12/09/2017 by Drons.