Michael Dalton: Breviary on the State of the Roman Church

Scope and Content

Michael Dalton, 'Breviary on the state of the Roman Church', an unprinted fifth-monarchist tract describing events from the foundation of Christianity to the 'discovery of anti-christ' in the 16th century, 88 folios: (fo. 2) title page; (fo. 3) text, beginning 'The 4th Monarchy (videlicet of the Romans)', and ending 'have the first place,&voyce etc.'; (fo. 86v) index; (fo. 88) list of papal schisms.

Administrative / Biographical History

Michael Dalton (d. 1648?), legal writer, was the son of Thomas Dalton of Hildersham, Cambridgeshire. He lived at West Wratting in Cambridgeshire, and served as J.P. for the county, as well as commissioner of sequestrations (1648). His writings included The countrey justice (1618) and Officium vicecomitum, or the office and authoritie of sheriffs (1623).

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1922.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Dalton in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. V (London, 1908), pp. 435-436.

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Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Alternative Form Available

Another copy, dated 1642, is held in the British Library, Add.MS.4359.