Walter of Henley: Hosebondrie

Scope and Content

Walter of Henley's 'Hosebondrie', transcribed by Henry Thomas Riley from the Liber Horn in the Guildhall Library, London, c. January 1860, 21 folios. Prefixed are letters from John Willis Clark to Francis Jenkinson, 19 July, no year; and from H.T. Riley to Henry Richards Luard, 20 November 1860. The versos are blank, with the exception of the final folio.

Administrative / Biographical History

Walter of Henley lived in the thirteenth century. 'Husbandry', written in Norman French during the second half of the century, and covering all aspects of the rural economy, is his only known work.

Henry Thomas Riley (1816-1878), translator and antiquary, was educated at Charterhouse School, London, and Trinity and Clare Colleges, Cambridge. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1847. Riley worked as an editor and translator, and became an additional inspector of the Historical Manuscripts Commission after its creation in 1869.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by John Willis Clark, c. 1902.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on H.T. Riley in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XVI (London, 1909), pp. 1192-1193.

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Custodial History

The volume was sent by the transcriber to H.R. Luard. On his death it was presented by Luard's representatives to John Willis Clark.