Late fifteenth-century manuscript of the Brut Chronicle, from chapter 101 onwards and ending imperfectly in 1415. Several leaves are wanting.
Contents: Brut Chronicle to 1415, beginning imperfectly a page before an account of Cadwallader's going to Rome, and ending imperfectly at 1415 'at þe dise and an [archer]', ed. F.W.D. Brie, The Brut (see Bibliography below), p. 378 line 14. Folio 1v line 22 begins, 'Howe king Offa was soueraine' (Brie p. 102 line 21). The 21 preceding lines - 'Thanne kyng Aleyn did sende for the Clergie of his londe ... vic lxxix' - are not in Brie and are no doubt derived from Geoffrey of Monmouth (ed. Griscom, p. 534); f. lr is barely legible. There are no chapter numbers before '203' on f. 61r; the last remaining chapter is numbered '244'. 'Deo gracias' at f. 87 line 2 (Brie, p. 286 line 9, battle of Halidon Hill, 1333).
There are two gaps in the text: (1) f. 22v ends 'Englande' and f. 23r begins 'tharchebisshop'. (2) f. 64v ends 'layen xi' and f. 65r begins 'and afterwarde he'. For the missing text see Brie, pp. 147:21-149:26 and 238:33-240:21.
Script: Mixed, but mainly secretary script: a in one compartment or two, the latter more commonly; strokes of m and n are sometimes linked and sometimes not. Written space: 203 x 123 mm. 39 long lines.
Secundo folio: bring it vnto Winchestre.
Decoration: Numerous 3-line initials, alternating in burnished gold and blue ink, with penwork infill and flourishes in red and brown ink respectively.
Other features: There are numerous 16th-century pencil drawings and scribblings in the margins, including: acorns, a ?centaur and several human heads (f. 7r); a man and an acorn, the man saying 'Iohn geue me sum acomes ho' (f. 32r); two bearded figures resembling Henry VIII (ff. 32v and 33r); an owl? (f. 99r); a flower (f. 104v); and a squirrel sitting on a branch of an oak tree (f. 120v).
Description derived from N.R. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, vol. III, Lampeter-Oxford (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 417-18. By permission of Oxford University Press.