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Detailed record for Additional 18462

Part 1 ff. 1-7 
Title Calendar of Saints days;
Origin England
Date 4th quarter of the 14th century or 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Initials in blue with pen-flourishing in red or in red with pen-flourishing in black. Numbering and important festivals in red.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 180 (190 x 130)
 
Part 2 ff. 8-101 
Title The Prose Brut, long version to 1333, with Des Grantz Geanz
Origin England
Date 4th quarter of the 14th century or 1st half of the 15th century
Language French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Initials in blue with pen-flourishing in red.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 180 (175 x 125)
 
Part 3 ff. 102-204 
Title The Prose Brut, short version to 1311, with Des Grantz Geanz
Origin England
Date 4th quarter of the 14th century or 1st half of the 15th century
Language French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration One initial in brown with anthropomorphic decoration (f. 103). Initials and capitals highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 180 (190 x 125)
 
Official foliation ff. 206 (f. 205 is an early paper flyleaf and f. 206 is a parchment flyleaf + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and + 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1967.
Provenance Nicholas Poyntz (?b. 1537, d. 1585), perhaps a knight of Gloucestershire: his name and the names of his wife, Lady Anna and Thomas Poyntz, his brother, are present in a legal document, used as a flyleaf (f. 206).
Jacobus Lyon and Alexand[er] Williams, a legal document in Latin, dated 1617, with their names, is on a paper flyleaf (f. 205).
Sir Simonds d'Ewes (b.1602, d. 1650), 1st baronet, diarist, antiquary, and friend of Sir Robert Cotton: a note on f. [iv] verso by Sir Frederic Madden, Keeper of manuscripts at the British Museum from 1837 to 1866, identifies his handwriting in the margins of ff. 101v and 103.
E. Forster, inscribed with his/her name and the date, 1700 (f. [v]).
Bought by the British Museum from Thomas Thorpe Junior, London bookseller, 8 February 1851: a note on f. [iv].
Notes This manuscript contains 2 copies of the prose Brut, bound together, referred to as Additional 18462a and Additional 18462b in the literature.
The calendar contains English saints such as Dunstan and Cuthbert.
The long version of the Chronicle ('a') is divided into 2 parts or books, with book 2 beginning on f. 56. The text is related to the version in Royal 19 C ix, Royal 20 A iii and Cotton Cleopatra D iii. It has catchwords and quire numbers. Chapter numbers in the margin correspond to a chapter list on ff. 9-14v.
The short version ('b') has a verse prologue and the text is the same version as in Harley 6359.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1848-1853 (London: British Museum, 1868), p. 112.

John Taylor, 'The French 'Brut' and the Reign of Edward II', The English Historical Review, 72 (1957), 423-37 (pp. 425, 432).

Diana B. Tyson, 'Handlist of Manuscripts containing the French Prose Brut Chronicle', Scriptorium, Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 48 (1994), 333-44 (p. 339).

Lister M. Matheson, The Prose Brut: The Development of a Middle English Chronicle, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 180 (Tempe, Arizona: Arizona State University, 1998), pp. xviii, 34, 36, 119, 370.

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), nos. 41, 46, 230 (a), 36,37 (b).

Clifford J. Rogers, War cruel and sharp : English strategy under Edward III, 1327-1360 (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2000), p. xviii.


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Part  2   ff. 8-101
The Prose Brut, long version to 1333, with Des Grantz Geanz
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Decorated initial

f. 56v
Decorated initial

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