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

MS. Bodl. 231

Summary Catalogue no.: 2174


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): Middle English

Physical Description

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


Pächt and Alexander iii. 1017

Fine border (damaged)

Fine initials


Plain brown leather binding of c. 1600


Origin: 15th century, middle ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired between 1620 and 1634 (Summary Catalogue I.108), perhaps about 1630: the 'R.A.' on the binding of this manuscript and MS. Bodl. 948 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.