|The Life of JOHN STOW. ||xix
ted, and what were not: some whereof he had in his Possession. And of the three
lying under his Head in his Monument in St. Saviours Church, viz. Speculum
(which he tells us, was writ in French) Vox Clamantis, (writ he saith, in Latin)
Confessio Amantis (in English) that this last only was Printed. He spoke also
Chronica Tripartita. Which, he saith, were never printed with other Books both
French, which he had and possest, and among them the said Chronicles and the Vox
Clamantis. As for the Speculum Meditantis he never saw it, but heard that it
somewhere in Kent.
This Tripartite Chronicle is (or sometime was) extant in the Cotton Library. It
is writ in
Latin Monks Verse; or at least some Part of it: as in one Place, where the
King Richard the Second, and his Successor King Henry IV. together, in which
Gower lived: preferring the Latter to the former: Beginning,
Wever's Mon. p. 207.
O! quàm pensando, mores variosque notando,
Si bene scrutetur R ab H distare videtur? &c.
I find also that he was possest of Leland's Commentaries, being a Description of
(as was observed before) the Value of which, and the Author are sufficiently
of many more English and British Historians, which he lent to David Powel D.D.
composing of the History of Cambria, viz. In written Hand, saith that Author to
Reader, I had Gildas Sapiens, alias, Nennius, Henry Huntington, William
Marianus Scotus, Ralph Cogshall, John Eversden, Nicolas Trivet, Florentius
Simon of Durham, Roger Hoveden, and others. Which he said, remained in the
of John Stow Citizen of London; Adding how he deserved Commendation for getting
together the antient Writers of the Histories of this Land.
We are also beholden in a great measure to him for some of the Editions and
of another antient English Poet, viz. Jeffrey Chaucer: whose Poems were first
printed by William Caxton, Mercer: he that first brought the Art of printing
into England in
the Reign of Henry VI. They were increased again and published by William
in the Reign of Henry VIII. Since corrected and twice increased (as he writes)
mine own painful Labours, in the Reign of Q. Elizabeth, to wit in the Year 1561.
again, beautified with Notes, by me collected out of divers Records and
I delivered to my loving Friend, Thomas Speight. And he, having drawn the same
good Form and Method, as also explained the old and obscure Words, published
Enlargements of Chaucer from him.
Chaucer's Tomb in Westminster.
He affected likewise old printed Books, and was a great Collector of them,
History, Divinity, Physick, &c. The Names of divers whereof are mentioned
1568. when by Order of Council his Study was searched for Superstitious Books.
Let me now at last add a few Words more, to shew that he was skilful in some
Learning necessary to qualify him for an able Antiquary, besides what I have
of his natural Love of Truth, his diligent Inquisitiveness into common Reports
Relations, his laborious Searches after old MSS. to which I may subjoyn his
which he sometimes took to be an Eye-witness for his better Satisfaction: He had
Knowledge in Heraldry and Genealogies, which he had made good Use of sometimes
the enlightning and asserting some Matters of History.
Skilled in Heraldry.
Richard Lord Rich, sometime Lord Chancellor of England, made a great Figure in
Time, being in high Place and Favour with King Henry VIII. and some of the
Princes. This Man was raised from the City, some of his Ancestors having been
Mercers Company. Stow thought fit for the Honour of the City to take notice of
shewed us the Pedigree of this Lord in divers Descents as far back as his great
Grandfather. He being the Son of Thomas Rich, and Thomas the Son of John: John
Son of Richard, Sheriff of London An. 1442. and buried in the Church of St.
Jury: and he the Son of Richard Rich of London Esq.
Lord Rich his Pedigree.
He was particularly acquainted with William Smith alias Rouge Dragon; who
communicated several things to him, relating to Pedigrees and Descents; and Stow
communicated some Remarks of Armory to him. He got a Sight of a fine Book of
Genealogies from Smith. It was of all the whole Family of Savoy, compiled by
Philebert Pingonio an Italian, Baron of Guzani. And because some denyed that
Savoy that builded Savoy House in the Strand, was Earl of Savoy (as he had
proved it by this Book, that set down Thomas Earl of Savoy his Pedigree; and
saith, he gathered this, That the said Thomas had Issue by Beatrice Daughter of
of Geneva, Nine Sons and Three Daughters: That Amadis his first Son succeeded
Savoy in the Year 1253. Peter his Second Son (the Person he was speaking of)
Savoy and Richmond in the Year 1268. Philip his Third Son, Earl of Savoy and
Burgundy, 1284. Thomas the Fourth, Earl of Flanders and Prince of Piemont,
Boniface the Eighth, Archbishop of Canterbury. Beatrice his Daughter, married
Reymund Berengarius of Aragon, Earl of Provence and Narbone, who had Issue and
Mother to Five Queens. The first, Margaret Wife to Lewis King of France. The
Eleanor, Wife to Henry III. King of England, &c. So fortunate an Issue from
The Genealogy of Peter of Savoy.