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English MS 105

Brut Chronicle (1413 Continuation), end of 15th century

Size: 278 x 206 mm. iii + 134 + iii folios.

A late fifteenth-century manuscript of the Brut Chronicle, ending imperfectly in 1413. Several leaves are wanting. On the flyleaves are 16th-century lists of early English kings and a list of archbishops of Canterbury from Augustine to Matthew Parker.

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 is one 5-line initial in burnished gold on a blue and red ground with white penwork, with foliate border extensions, and there are numerous 3-line initials in red ink.

Former owners include Thomas Thorpe (1791-1851), bookseller, and Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872).

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