The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark R.7.14
Manuscript Title

Brut Chronicle

Alternative Title

The French Brute Chronicle

James Number 752
Century 14th15th
Physical Description

21 lines to a page. Neatly written.


Given by Nevile. Belonged to John Parker.

Donor Neville [Nevile], Thomas (c. 1548–1615), College Head and Dean of Canterbury
Size (cm) 21.5 x 14
Folio 149 ff.
Binding A slip of late music in the binding was removed by S. Cockerell in May 1982, now classed at B.11.34.
Material Parchment
Language French

one fly-leaf | 18-158 1610 178 188 192.

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On the last fly-leaf
Robert Isham le seneschall del comt de Wedon̅ Beck (xv)
Waterhouse(?) in red pencil.
Iste liber constat Johanni Gardenere (xv). (Twice)
Waldenus ffuls(?). Totingran velbotu ..
On the verso
les gistes pour les chaces du roy. A number of days is assigned to each item in the list.
de houle tank a farnham j jour
a Selborne viij
a Estmene (East Meon) j
a sothewyk iij
a hamtone
a ho(/e?)lnben (?)
a brokenhurst
a hathelbur(gh)
a bremore
a baneford
a corf
a labey de milton
a schaftesburi
a tisseburi
a labey de Wiltoun
a aumesburi
a Marleburgh
a neweburi
a Redyngge
and other scribbles.

On the fly-leaf a note of the foundation of Cambridge University in 4321 A.M.
hec in libro quondam Mri Record iam in manibus W. Carye.

The text of the volume begins:
f.1 Ci poet homme sauer coment quant et de quele gent grant geauntz vindrent
Ends in the Scotch wars of Edward III:
Ardoit les terres de Gilleslande qui furent a mons. Randulf Dacre xv lieus en longure et vj lieus en leoure.

A slip of late music in the binding was removed by S. Cockerell in May 1982, now classed at B.11.34.


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Mooney, L. R., The Index of Middle English Prose Handlist 11: Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge (Cambridge, 1995), pp. 30 and 164

Strongman, S., 'John Parker's Manuscripts: an Edition of the Lists in Lambeth Palace MS 737', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 7 (1977-80), 1-27, no. 25

Tyson, D. B., 'Handlist of MSS containing the French Prose Brut Chronicle', Scriptorium 48 (1994), 333-44

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