f 115v (22 August)
Iohan &cetera A touz &cetera Sachez nous auoir ordenez constitut & assignez nostre bien ame le Roy des Ministralx deinz n<..> honour de Tutteby qoie est ou qui pur le temps serra pur prendre et arester touz les Ministralx deinz meisme nostre honour & ffranch<...> queles refusont defaire leur seruice & ministralcie a eux appurtenantz affaire dauncien temps a Tuttebury susdit annuelmen<.> les iours del assumpcion nostre dame. donant & grantant au dit Roy des Ministralx pur le temps esteant plein pouir & mandement de les fair resonablement iustifier & constreigner de faire leurs seruices & ministralcies en manere come appent & come illeoqes ad este vse & dauncien temps acoustume. En tesmoignance &cetera. Done &cetera. a nostre Chastel de Tuttebury le xxij iour dauguste. lan &cetera quart.
f 115v (22 August)
John, etc, to all, etc. Know that we have ordered, constituted, and assigned our much loved king of the minstrels in our honour of Tutbury, who (now) is or who will be for the time being, to apprehend and arrest of all the minstrels in our same our honour and franchise who refuse to do their service and minstrelsy that belong to them to do from ancient times in Tutbury aforesaid annually on the days of the Assumption of Our Lady, giving and granting to the said king of the minstrels for the time being full power and commandment concerning these acts to rule (them) reasonably and to compel the doing of their services and minstrelsies in the appropriate manner, and as in that place have been used and accustomed of ancient times. In witness, etc. Given, etc, at our castle in Tutbury on 22 August, in the fourth year, etc.
Record title: Order from John of Gaunt's Register
Shelfmark: DL 42/14
Repository location: Kew
John of Gaunt's two register books contain various orders, including orders for payments, letters, and many other types of official records concerning the running of the vast duchy of Lancaster. Some of the orders are addressed to borough and other local officials within the duchy, and deal with local arrangements. Two such excerpts deal with Newcastle under Lyme and Tutbury, and hence the register books are fully described above, under those boroughs. The register books also contain a vast amount of material about the running of Gaunt's various households in England, as far-flung as Bamburgh, Leicester, Kenilworth, Kingston Lacy, Hertford, and the Savoy, as well as others in Europe. Records of his payments for minstrels and other entertainers have been transcribed, wherever activities or payments for them may have occurred, because the administrative centres of the duchy appear to have been Tutbury and Kenilworth. The register books have been published as John of Gaunt's Register, Part I (1371-1375), Sydney Armitage-Smith (ed), Camden Society, 3rd ser, 20–1, 2 vols (London, 1911); John of Gaunt's Register, Part II (1379–83), Eleanor C. Lodge and Robert Somerville (eds), Camden Society, 3rd ser, 56–7, 2 vols (London, 1937).
1379–83; French; parchment; ii + 153 + ii (fly leaves part of binding); 350mm x 230mm; modern (inaccurate) and antiquarian (accurate) foliation; contemporary repair on f 113; bound in 19th-c. brown cloth with leather spine and corners, title on spine: 'Duchy of Lancaster Miscell Books.'