Manuscript of 'The brut, or the chronicles of England', containing the text up to the death of Edward III in 1377. Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Level of Description


  • 15th century. (Creation)


  • 147 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    v + 142 folios.

    Collation: 1⁸ (-1, replaced by a later bifolium), 2-3⁸, 4(2 leaves), 5⁴, 6⁸ (-6), 7-11⁸, 12⁴(+ 2 leaves after 3), 13-19⁸, 20⁴. Signatures remain on folios in the first half of some gatherings. With catchwords.

  • Physical Description


  • Scope and Contents

    The manuscript contains the text up to the death of Edward III in 1377, substantially as printed by Friedrich W D Brie.

    The missing first folio of the original text has been supplied in a later hand. A gap in the text from the middle of cap. lxxiii to the middle of cap. lxxvi is the result of losses between folios 29 and 30.

    Cap. ci is followed by a section entitled, 'How kyng Cadwaladre that was Cadwaleynes sone regnede aftir his fader and was laste kyng of the Britouns', beginning 'After the deth of Cadwaleyn regnede his sone Cadwaladre'.

    There are various notes, pen-trials, etc., in the margins and on folio 142 verso, including a medical recipe for the 'blak ageu’ (folio 107 verso) and various names.

    Initials and paragraph marks in blue; pen-work decoration and titles of chapters in red.

  • Custodial History

    On the inside front cover is the note, 'A Present from Mr Borthwick Jun[io]r of Crookston To The Hon[oura]ble Faculty of Advocates', with a later note 'But never set. J. B.'

    The following names appear: William Ambrose (folio 44), Edward Marbroy (folio 63), John Maye (folios 11 verso, 76 verso, 110 verso), Thomas Maye (folio 136 verso).

  • Bibliography

    Brie, Friedrich, W D. ‘The brut’ ('English Early Text Society', original series, volumes 131 and 136) (London, 1906, 1908).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1961.