Mid fifteenth-century manuscript of the Brut Chronicle, beginning imperfectly and ending with the death of Edward III in 1377. Certain leaves are wanting.
Contents: Brut Chronicle, beginning imperfectly with 'and our' soueraiegne' and ending with the death of King Edward III in 1377, 'god haue mercy amen': ed. F.W.D. Brie, The Brut (see Bibliography below), p. 7 line 24 to p. 332 line 19. There are 239 numbered chapters.
There are three gaps in the text: (1) f. 38v ends 'bi way þei met' in chapter 129 and f. 39r begins 'nne himself king of Englonde'; (2) f. 43v ends in the title of chapter 145 'come aȝen' and f. 45r begins in chapter 149 'me other bisshopryche'; (3) f. 57v ends 'his pees þurght' and f. 60r begins 'Mo vii'. For the missing text see Brie, pp. 132:11-135:23, 152:26-159:8 and 202:19-205:18. Part of the second gap (as far as Brie, p. 158 line 11) and all of the third gap were supplied in the 15th/16th century on three added leaves, ff. 44 and 58-59. On f. 86, after 'calenge of any man' (Brie, p. 286 line 9, battle of Halidon Hill, 1333), is 'Deo gracias dicamus omnes Amen' in red.
Script: Secretary hand, with some influence from anglicana (occasional a, w). Written space: 235 x 190 mm. 2 columns, 34 lines.
Secundo folio: lese to his people.
Decoration: None; spaces for initials are not filled in.
Other features: Manicules on ff. 53v, 54r, 61r, 62r, 74r and 76v. Those on ff. 61r and 62r have elaborate cuffs. There are ornamented ascenders on the top lines of ff. 13v, 36r, 36v, 67v, 70r, 70v, and 86v to 98v passim.
Description derived from N.R. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, vol. III, Lampeter-Oxford (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 416-17. By permission of Oxford University Press.