MS. Bodl. 358
Summary Catalogue no.: 2453
An account of general history in seven books, the English part chiefly occupying the last three books, and ending with the year 1376 because some leaves have been cut out (see Condition, below)
The title in the prologue is 'Cronica multorumtemporum' or 'Historia polychronica', and in one rubric 'Pollicronica' (fol. 3)
The last words of the text are 'in eorum sermonibus predicantes'
As is well known, the first letters of the first chapters present the author's name 'Presentem cronicam compilauit frater Ranulphus Cestrensis', i.e. Ralph Higden, but the letters are not throughout correct in this manuscript
Stamped leather on boards, worn, with remains of clasp fittings, London work of the 2nd half of the 16th century, re-backed.
Provenance and Acquisition
Presented by Sir George More in 1604
Last Substantive Revision
2023-01-20: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)