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MS. Bodl. 754

Summary Catalogue no.: 27653


(fol. 1)
Chronicle of England (Brut Chronicle) to 1422
Incipit: Howe this lande was cawlled Albyon and by what encheson it wase so named. In the noble lande of Syrrye ther wase a noble kynge ... Dyoclecian
Explicit: he was noble entyred at Westminster on whose soule... Amen. Explicit

Imperfect at beginning, and ending with the death of Henry V in 1422

One leaf is lost at the beginning, and one after fol. 9 and fol. 43. The missing text is added from a rather late copy (fol. 1, cf. 22)

This chronicle agrees farily closely with the Cronicles of Englond printed by Caxton in 1480, and so may be termed an English Brute chronicle

For a similar Chronicle, cf. MS. Bodl. 840 which ends with the taking of Rouen in January 1418/1419

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: i + 154 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12 × 9 in.


Fols 22 and 154 are damaged
Additions: There is some scribbling in the margins


Origin: 15th century, middle

Provenance and Acquisition

'Martin Cotes', 16th century

Given (with other manuscripts) by Browne Willis of Whaddon in 1720.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1905)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-03-23: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1905)