Merton College MS. 121
CHRONICA ; S. XV in.
To AD 1352 (fol. 140 ‘grassata est per orbem’) as ed. C. Babington and J. R. Lumby (9 vols., RS, 1865–86), I-VIII. 346. Thence as the unpr. Continuation C, ending in 1401 as the English translation pr. at VIII, p. 516 ‘unto Snowden hilles’; Powicke, p. 209 n.; Taylor, The Universal Chronicle, pp. 114, 157, 178–9.
Ed. L. Weiland, MGH Scriptores 22 (1872), pp. 377–482; Kaeppeli 2975; A. D. van den Brincken in Deutsches Archiv 41 (1985), 460–531.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 60 lines.
Written throughout by a Continental scribe in a neat archaizing bookhand.
On fols. 1, 36, 39v, 58v, 77, 98, 113v and 169 large and handsome red and blue initials with 1-sided borders in the colours; blue initials flourished in red; red paraphs. Many unfilled spaces for rubrics. Good pencil sketches in the margins: fol. 10v, a hand holding a coin; fol. 61v a half-length pharisee; fol. 71 the head of Constantine; fol. 127v the head of Thomas Becket.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii and 193–4 are blank paper binding leaves.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the foot of fol. 2, in the same large formal hand as in MS 55, ‘Ex dono M. Iohannis Woode in theologia baccalarii quondam consocii collegii de Merton in Oxonia.’ For Wode, fellow c. 1445–50, see MS 55.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘K. 2. 8’ (canc.) and the contents, s. xvii., and ‘O. 2. 5. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘L. 3. 2 (CXXI)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘5’ is inked on the foredge.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .
Last Substantive Revision
2019-06-04: First online publication