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

MS. Bodl. 840

Summary Catalogue no.: 27654


Chronicle of England (Brut Chronicle), to 1419

For a similar Chronicle, cf. MS. Bodl. 754, but this ends with the taking of Rouen in January 1418/1419

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 166 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.25 × 7.5 in.


Coloured capitals


Origin: c. 1420–30 ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Various scribblings show that the volume belonged to the following persons in the second half of the 16th century and the early part of the 17th: Thomas Henworth of Chelmsford (fols. 53, 74, 123, 164v), William Henworth of Chelmsford (fols 120v, 142v); Thomas Wallinger of Chelmsford and London (fols 124, 142v); and perhaps others (see fols. 52, 134-136, 142v, 151 and 165v)

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)