PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

Mise-en-page in manuscripts and printed books containing polyphonic music, 1480—1530

Manuscript: London, Great Britain, Royal College of Music, MS 1070

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: GB-Lcm 1070

DIAMM Source Key: 2033

Basis for description: original

London, Great Britain, Royal College of Music, MS 1070
(Anne Boleyn's Music Book)


Copied for Marguerite D'Angoulême (Urkevich 1997 and Urkevich 2009); copied in the context of the French court Rifkin 2012. The theory proposed by Lowinsky (Lowinsky 1970) that it was copied in London, as gift for Queen Anne Boleyn, possibly by Mark Smeton, a musician at the English royal court, is now entirely discredited. Owned in 19th century by Robert William Haynes and Sacred Harmonic Society of London. Library of latter purchased for newly founded Royal College of Music in 1883.


late 19th or early 20th century, London, Great Britain
brown leather over pasteboard
Decoration: Tooled gilded covers, with inscription on the spine "MOTETS. 16TH CENT."
no edges
Endpapers: front and back: 2 endpapers with pastedowns
Disbound in May 2016; covers and endpapers now kept separately


Currently (July 2016) disbound