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A Mirrour of Virtues and vices in 2 decads by way of description and Characters

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS296
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: A Mirrour of Virtues and vices in 2 decads by way of description and Characters
Date(s): c1560-1570
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 38 leaves, 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Bilson | Thomas | 1547-1616 | Bishop of Winchester
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Bilson born 1547 in Winchester, where he was educated and at New College Oxford; fellow 1564/5; Prebendary of Winchester, and Warden of the College there; Bishop of Worcester, 1596; translated to the see of Winchester, three years later; died 1616.


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A Mirrour of Virtues and vices in 2 decads by way of description and Characters manuscript by Thomas Bilson, successively Bishop of Worcester and of Winchester. In a prefatory note to his sister, Bilson characterizes the work as "the extract of the superfluous humour of youth's distemperature, which I hope maturity of judgment, and ripenesse of further experience will either purify or utterly extinguish." Perhaps written while he was at Oxford.

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Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

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Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original, which must be assessed by a conservator. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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Allied Materials

Related material:

Other Bilson material British Library Lansdowne Manuscripts 77, 79, 80, 84, 145, Additional 6177, Burney Manuscripts, 366; Bodleian Rawlinson Manuscripts D47, D1175, Western Manuscripts, 28, 184; Lambeth Palace Manuscripts 943; Winchester College and New College muniments.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by J Caudwell.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
J Caudwell 2002-08-29

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