Brut Chronicle, ending imperfectly in 1326.
Contents: Brut Chronicle beginning (f. 3r): 'Here may a man heren how that Englonde was first called Albion and thurgh whom it had the name. In the noble londe of Surrey...' The manuscript ends imperfectly at f. 104v: 'then shuld he cloo-', with the catchword 'then hym in a': ed. F.W.D. Brie, The Brut (see Bibliography below), p. 244 line 18. Two leaves are missing between f. 45v, which ends 'lorde', and f. 46r, which begins 'Englonde'; the missing text is from Brie p. 90 line 27 to p. 95 line 4. The divisions into chapters follow Brie, but there are no chapter numbers, and there are no chapter headings after f. 48, 'How Cadwalader..'.
Script: A good secretary hand, the same throughout. Written space: c.197 x 118 mm. 34-38 long lines.
Secundo folio: othir into.
Decoration: None; spaces for initials are not filled.
Other features: Frame ruling. There is a 16th-century legal note in the margin of f. 103r: 'The xxith of Henry the viiith it is inacted that no bysshope archedecun Chaunselor comysary officyall or other maner of persone' with authority 'to probatte eny will' shall charge more than sixpence if the goods do not amount to more than £5 (etc.). There is a recipe on f. 102v, 'for to make tethe faste': 'Take of ye barke of thelme...' Manicules on ff. 30v, 33r, 37r, 41v, 42r, 42v, 46v, 74v, 77r, 79r, 85v, 88r and 91r.
The binding leaves, ff. 1-2, are from indexes to two different works dating from the second half of the 14th century (cf. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, vol. II, p. 498). On f. 1r-v entries are mainly theological, letters N, O, P, for example 'Nomen cristi secundum hominem in eternum et qualiter 134.3.13'. On f. 2r-v, letters P, R, S, there are longish entries under Princeps, Puer, Rex and shorter entries like 'Percussionum plura genera sunt 3o libro 63 per totum' and 'Portare scire onera est vtile bellantibus 3o libro 63 a'.
Description derived from N.R. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, vol. III, Lampeter-Oxford (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 421-2. By permission of Oxford University Press.