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14th-century manuscript of the `Historia Anglorum` of Henry of Huntingdon.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.5.2

Scope and Contents

It contains prologue (folio 1) and books 1-10 (folios 2, 17, 29 verso, 46 verso , 60 verso, 75, 91, 106, 128 verso, 142); the end of book 9 is missing (from page xxvi, paragraph 19, 1.6 in T Arnold’s edition, who prints only extracts of this book), and of book 10 only a single leaf remains (page 276, paragraph 20, 1.10-page 279, paragraph 3 in Arnold).

The text is written by one hand as far as folio 131; the remainder is by another contemporary, smaller hand, who uses a different ruling system. The book numbers at the top of each recto and chapter numbers in the margin are apparently contemporary. There are initials in red, blue, and green throughout; those at the beginning of prologue and book 1 are particularly elaborate. Guides to the illuminator survive occasionally in the outer margins. Marginal notes in several hands occur throughout.


  • Creation: 14th century.


1 Volumes (i + 142 + i folios.)

Language of Materials



Collation: 1-8⁸, 9⁶, 10-18⁸, 1 leaf. Signatures in pencil, presumably 19th century. Catchwords in gatherings 1-11 in the centre lower margin. Pricking with flat awl through the folded gathering. Ruling in ink. 1 column. 32 lines. Text areas 165 x 95-100 millimetres.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Vellum. Binding of brown leather, tooled in gilt, 19th century.

Custodial History

The volume was given in 1586 by Sir George Bromley (of Salop, attorney to the Duchy of Lancaster) to his son George; see the inscription on folio i. Below the inscription in another hand are notes of thunderstorms in 1596-1597. Former pressmark: A.5.38. The volume was acquired by the Advocates’ Library circa 1808.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm available: Mf.Sec.MSS.454.


Henry, of Huntingdon. `Historia Anglorum`, edited by T Arnold (Rolls Series, 1879).

Physical Description

0.00 linear metresi + 142 + i folios.155.00 x 240.00 millimetres


155.00 x 240.00 millimetres

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