E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A roll or slip; as Ragmans Rewe. (See RAGMAN.)
There is a whole world of curious history contained in the phrase ragmans rewe, meaning a list, roll, catalogue, charter, scroll of any kind. In Piers Plowmans Vision it is used for the popes bull.Edinburgh Review, July, 1870.
In Fescenium was first invented the joylitee of mynstrelsie and syngyng merrie songs for makyng laughter, hence called Fescennia Carmina, which I translate a Ragmans Rewe or Bible.Udall.