English MS 206
Brut Chronicle (1326 Continuation), second half of 15th century
Size: 264 x 195 mm. iv + 102 + ii folios.
An undecorated manuscript of the Brut Chronicle, ending imperfectly in 1326.
The Brut Chronicle, is the earliest prose chronicle in English and was the most popular history of England in the Middle Ages, with over 240 manuscript copies surviving, as well as thirteen editions printed before 1528. Many mythical elements are incorporated, such as the founding of Britain by Brutus of Troy (from which the title comes) and the King Arthur legend, though the narrative becomes more detailed and factual the nearer it gets to contemporary events.
The binding leaves, ff. 1-2, are taken from indexes to two different works dating from the second half of the 14th century.
There are numerous owners' inscriptions from the 16th century. Later owners include Daniel Parker Coke (1745-1825), barrister and politician; and George Dunn (1865-1912), of Woolley Hall near Maidenhead.
- Catalogue entry for English MS 206
- Conservation report