Mid fourteenth-century manuscript of the Brut Chronicle to 1333, continued in another another hand and ending imperfectly in 1346. There are later lists of Anglo-Saxon kings and of archbishops of Canterbury from Augustine to Matthew Parker on the flyleaves.
Contents: Brut Chronicle to 1333, opening on f. 9: 'Here may a (man) hure Engeland was first called Albyon and þoruȝ wham it hadde þe name. In the nobele lande of Syrrye...'; continued in another hand and ending imperfectly at 1346 'fast by Crescy': ed. F.W.D. Brie, The Brut (see Bibliography below) p. 298 line 24. The first quire contains a table of 223 numbered chapters (ff. 1-7v) and a blank leaf (f. 8r-v).
There are five gaps in the text: (1) six leaves between f. 9v, which ends 'þe ladyes herden', and f. 10r, which begins 'and feete'; (2) a quire between f. 18v, which ends 'and whanne he', and f. 19r, which begins 'wheder to wende'; (3) two leaves between f. 50v, which ends 'hertes', and f. 51r, which begins 'loued þat þey bicomen sworne breþeren'; (4) two leaves between f. 51v, which ends 'he had of ham', and f. 52r, which begins 'to þe englisshmen'; (5) two leaves between f. 52v, which ends 'and after', and f. 53r, which begins 'come aȝen vnto king Edward'. For the missing text see Brie, pp. 3:9-14:5, 33:20-50:6, 115:17-119:17 (see footnote 17), 121:23-125:30,127:30-132:5.
Script: Gothic anglicana formata by two hands, the second beginning at f. 126v line 30 after 'chalaunge of eny man' (Brie, p. 286 line 9). Written space: 182 x 112 mm. 34 long lines.
Decoration: There are nearly continuous foliate borders on ff. 1r and 9r, of gold, pink and blue, with white penwork, terminating in ivy leaves and bezants.
Other features: ff. iii and iv are vellum flyleaves containing lists of early English kings and a list of archbishops of Canterbury from Augustine to Matthew Parker, 16th century.
Description derived from N.R. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, vol. III, Lampeter-Oxford (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), p. 417. By permission of Oxford University Press.