Ashmole had access to many account books and other municipal records that have now disappeared. Unfortunately he noted only two sixteenth-century entries that involved possible performances before this one (one from a Chamberlain's Roll for 1561–2 and another for 1594–5 'the Booke called the Maiors Booke of New Windsor beginning anno 1559') and one from 1603–4 taken 'Ex Libro C.' In each the word 'entertainment' is used often in the context of a feast.
Record title: 'Ashmole's Antiquities of Berkshire' (A)
Shelfmark: Ashmole 1126
Repository location: Oxford
Elias Ashmole (1617–92) was appointed Windsor Herald in
1660 and, as he records, 'had Henry viii
closet assigned for my use.' During the twelve years until his
retirement from the post in 1672, Ashmole compiled this book of excerpts
from Windsor material dated 1474–1659. It was used as the source of his
posthumously published Antiquities of
1660–72; English and Latin; paper; ii + 247 + ii; 325mm x 204mm; modern pencil foliation 1–134, followed by 85 unnumbered blanks, one numbered 220, followed by 12 more blanks (also preceded by 16 unnumbered blanks following the 2 flyleaves); good condition; no decoration but most pages have all 4 margins ruled in red; bound in soft calf, clasps still intact, large gilt crest stamped (Ashmole's personal crest?) in centre of both covers, gold-stamped number 'XXX' on small leather strip, with the gold-stamped title below still visible: 'ASH: 112<.>' (leather strip lost).