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Chronicles and annual books of kings
House of Percy: Metrical Chronicle by William Peeris — in rhyme
Author(s): William Peeris
Title(s): House of Percy: Metrical Chronicle
Subjects: Percy, house of; chronicles
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Dodsworth 50 (SC 4192)
, ff. 119-128rb
Chronickles & Annuall bookes of Kinges
Of Ancient Lordes &
…Ingram Pearcy the second the third sone which hath graces
god grant them to bee his seruantes good men &
Note: Missing 19 stanzas at f. 123.
Attributed Title: Here followeth þe Coppy of an ould Parchment booke deuided into Seauen
lines & Seauen of the Pedegrees liues & Deathes of the Percies from
fower discents afore the Conquest to þe Earles sone þat was kild by
the Commons at Thirsk in Henry the vij-th his tyme. It is in ffolio &
conteines eight leaues of Parchement wherof the first word is (here) and the
first letter beeinge (H) is a greate Red letter & is in length from þe
ffirst line to the Seauenth line. Now followeth þe booke conteininge 76
Deuisions of Seuen lines. Here beginneth the Prologue of this litle treatis
followinge which is þe discent of the Lord Percies made & compiled
briefely be mee Willam Peeris Clerce & Priest. Secretary to the Right noble
Earle Henry the v-th Earle of the Northumberland (f. 119); Hitherto are the
wordes of the aforede Parchment booke truly copied ffinis Historia
Perciorum (f. 128rb)
A Collection of Antiquarian Tracts relating to the North of
Newcastle: Richardson, 1845; repr. 1847: 1.9.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 D.II
, ff. 186-195
Cronykillis And annuall bookis of kinges.
Of Auncient lordes and estates Riall.
Declarithe the discent withe many notable thingis.
Their ffatall endes and theire actes marshall.…
…Beholde and consyder the honorable discente.
Of this v.thErle marke it wele in dede.
His progenytoures in youre mynde yf that ye enprente.
It shall appere clere And also Evidente.
That descendid he is of þe noble blode of Inglande.
Lancasters marches Arundell & Westmorlande.
Note: 679 lines in 97 rhyme royal stanzas.
Attributed Author: …william peeris clerke & preste secretory to the right nobill Erle henry the vth. Erle of Northumbrelande. (f. 186)
Attributed Title: Here begynnethe the prolouge of this litle treatyse folowinge whiche is the discente of the lorde percis made and compilede breuely by me william peeris clerke & preste secretory to the right nobill Erle henry the vth. Erle of Northumbrelande. (f. 186)
4.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 82
, ff. 1-8
Note: 651 lines in couplets, 11-line stanzas, Monk’s Tale stanzas, and
Attributed Title: tretice…of the descente of the lordes percis maid and compiled by me
William Perrs clerke and secretary to the right noble erle Henry of
northumberland (f. 1)