Two incomplete manuscripts of the Brut Chronicle, the first on vellum, the second on paper, put together in or before 1749 to make a nearly complete Brut to 1415. The manuscript supplies additional details to the texts published by Brie.
Contents: (1) ff. 1-103, Brut Chronicle beginning imperfectly 'heir vnto the', ed. F.W.D. Brie, The Brut (see Bibliography below), p. 23 line 16. Ends imperfectly (f. 103v) 'Tormentours. ys more chame vnto Crystenmen and schewen' (Brie, p. 297 line 4). f. 98v ends 'of Sir Edward dethe hys' and f. 99r begins 'quarell' and ther Right title' (cf. edn., pp. 262, 275 line 30). The text often varies from that printed by Brie and tends to be shorter. The last remaining chapter is numbered 220 (chapter 226 in Brie). The leaves of quire 10 were at one time out of order, as the foliation shows and also signes de renvoi (end of 15th century) on ff. 77v, 79v and 80v. Item (1), unlike (2), has 15th-century references to the Polychronicon in the margins.
(2) ff. 104-124, Brut Chronicle beginning imperfectly 'Englond. The xx yer' (Brie, p. 297 line 11). Ends imperfectly in the story of Agincourt, 'And englisshe peple was dede yat day the duke of ȝorke and the erle of Sothfolke Sirr' Cam and sir Ric' lyȝtley. These ii knyghtes assemblet first in the batayll' and wer' slayne And of all' other' off englisshemen er' nacion yer' wer' not dede not passed xxxvi bodies thonket be Ihesu. Anone ye kynge' (cf. Brie, p. 379 lines 25-9). Brie's chapters 227-39 and 341-4 are here numbered '233'-'248' and '250'. The history of Richard II is abbreviated by the omission of the whole of Brie's chapter 240 (11-18 Richard II) on f. 116v and of part of his chapter 239 (here '245') on f. 116, where Brie, pp. 338:22-339:20 and pp. 339:30-340:29 do not occur.
Script: Both (1) and (2) are current, a mixture of gothic anglicana and secretary. Written space: (1): 172 x 130 mm. 27-32 long lines; (2): 220 x 130 mm. 40 long lines ruled with hard point.
Decoration: Item (1) contains 3-line initials alternating in red and blue, with penwork infill and flourishes in black and red respectively.
Other features: There are crude drawings of a swan or goose and of a fish in the upper margin of f. 37r.
Description derived from N.R. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, vol. III, Lampeter-Oxford (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 422-3. By permission of Oxford University Press.