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BRUT CHRONICLEff. 1-115v: [Brut Chronicle, beginning and ending defectively and with breaks in the text as follows; ff. 1-16v:] //Fraunce and Whanne he come Aȝene intoo þis londe he bylded A fayre tone and now as a Cytee and callyt hit Ebrac…And Claudius Cesar in remembrans off this accorde and for reverence// [ff. 17-36v:] //And tham spousede But the men cowde noot understonde the langage…he assembled a gret powere and come and foughten with the Bretons, but he and// [ff. 37-77v:] //Crowne And come untoo kyng Aurilambros courte and saide that he was a goode phesycion…When Seynt Edmond was martyrede hungar and hubba wente thens// [ff. 78-81v:] //Bute the Danys Durste not with them too fyghten…and yff ȝe well consente and graunte þat I myght have here// [ff. 82-109v:] //Into the kynges mercy All toogeders. Thoo spake the Erle leueryche off couentre…the iiii [sic] parte off the londe off Engelande and off Irlonde þat he hade [catchword: With holde sithe]// [ff. 110-111v:] //And the tresone And seid too hym O traytoure take and proved…and there he helde hym in the castell and// [f. 112r-v:] //And afterwarde hit Was ordeyned þrowght the countre and courte of Rome…to þame þat were misbode for thoo þat trespased Were welle// [f. 113r-v:] //And mordrede fours scors and after they Were beryed under a stone…atto the reddos off the þe [sic] Erle off lancastre for too have foughten with hym and with his// [ff. 114-115v:] //Syr Fouke fyzt Wareyne Syr Thomas Rosadyn…nay he shulde notte be transled the same Erle Thomas of lancaster Untoo the tyme that he Was// [f. 116:] 2 unidentified fragments of the text.
England, s. XV2
F. W. D. Brie, ed., The Brut or the Chronicles of England. EETS os 131 and 136 (London 1906-08) 15-35, 36-61, 63-107, 108-14, 130-66, 190-193, 194-96, 250-51, 260-63; on ff. 70-74, Cadwalader episode occurring here between Brie’s chapters 101-102: “How kynge Cadewalder that Was kyng Cadwalyn sone that regned after his fadar And he Was the laste kyng off Bretonis Capitulo Centessimo xo, After the dethe off Cadwalyn regned his sone Cadwalere Well and nobly and his Modre was suster off kyng Peandra…For his synnes And he hadde not longe dwelled there that he ne dyed the xii kalendere off may the ȝere off grace vic 1xxix et cetera.” For a list of manuscripts, see L. M. Matheson, “The Middle English Prose Brut: A Location List of Manuscripts and Early Printed Editions,” AEB 3 (1979) 254-66, including HM 133. Paper (Pot, similar to Briquet 12482, Troyes 1474; ff. 113 and 115, Licorne, similar to Briquet 10024, Cuy 1474); the book has suffered considerable damage, particularly along the outer margins with loss of text on ff. 23, 32, 57, 82 and 108; each leaf now reinforced with crepeline and mounted separately in an album. 284 × ca. 185 (201 × 135) mm. Tentative collation based on occasional surviving signatures and catchwords and on the breaks in the text: 114(-1 through 9) 214(-12 after f. 16) 314 414(-5 through 7 after f. 36) 5-614 714(-7 after f. 77; -12 through 14 after f. 81) quire 8 missing entirely 9-1014 quire 11 missing entirely 1214(-1 through 5; 6 and 7 are present; -8; 9 is present; -10 through 14) situation is unclear for ff. 113-116. Catchwords in the lower right corner set off by red paragraph marks; quires and leaves signed in letters and numbers, either roman or arabic; at times the leaf signature precedes that of the quire. 22-26 long lines ruled in lead with single bounding lines. Written in a mixed, but predominantly anglicana script. Blue 2-line initials with red flourishing; 1-line initials in the text slashed in red or filled in yellow; some names underlined in red; double red slashes throughout text serving as punctuation or to indicate important passages; red paragraph marks and rubrics; in the outer margins, chapter numbers in red; some side notes set off by red paragraph marks; a few running headlines (e.g. ff. 2, 3, 4, 85v); top line of script often with decorative ascenders. 2 sets of modern pencil foliation, both incorrect (the upper set showing considerable disorder in a former binding); references in this description to correct foliation on the leaves of the album. Bound, s. XX, in quarter pigskin with brown cloth sides. Written in England in the second half of the fifteenth century. Possession notes in the volume are: s. XVIex, f. 18, “Rych<?> P<?>; f. 76v, “John templar [?]” and “William [?] Jones”; f. 98v, “This is thomas Verney boke”; s. XVI/XVII, f. 69, “Edmund Francis.” The note on f. 59 is not “Elyzabeth madre E. W.,” as in the catalogue of the Hellman sale, but “Thys byll made.” George S. Hellman (author and rare book dealer, 1878-1958) sale, Anderson, New York, 25 November 1919, lot 65 with a plate of f. 59 to G. D. Smith. Source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 55.
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
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