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English MS 103

Brut Chronicle (1347 Continuation), mid 14th century

Size: 275 x 183 mm. iv + 130 + ii folios.

Mid fourteenth-century manuscript of the Brut Chronicle to 1333, continued in another hand and ending imperfectly in 1346. There are later lists of Anglo-Saxon kings and of archbishops of Canterbury from Augustine to Matthew Parker on the flyleaves.

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.

There are nearly continuous foliate borders on ff. 1r and 9r, of gold, pink and blue, with white penwork, terminating in ivy leaves and bezants.

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