A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Bodl. 231

Summary Catalogue no.: 2174

Contents

Chronicle of England (Brut chronicle) to 1419

Ends imperfectly; Lister M. Matheson, The Prose Brut (1998), p. 114.

Beg. 'Here may a man here howe Engelond was first called Albyon ... In the noble londe of Syrrie': ends 'to rescue the citee of Rone with a' in 1418. On fol. 194 the writer mentions 'my mayster Nevell the Erles sone of Westmerlande'.

Language(s): English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 198 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 10.625 × 7.875 in.

Decoration

Fine border (damaged)

Fine initials. (P&A iii. 1017)

Binding

Plain brown leather binding of about A.D. 1600.

History

Origin: 15th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired between 1620 and 1634 (Summary Catalogue I.108), perhaps about 1630: the 'R.A.' on the binding of this MS. and MS. Bodl. 948 (SC 3032) may be the donor's initials.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2021) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 1017 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-05: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.