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

MS. Bodl. Rolls 21

Summary Catalogue no.: 3113


Genealogical chronicle of the dukes of Normandy and Kings of England to Henry VI
Incipit: [Anno] 876 Rollo cum suis complicibus de partibus Norgugensium

From Rollo duke of Normandy to Henry VI

The chronicle becomes more comprehensive for the reign of Richard II, and contains a detailed account of his abdication

It continues to the accession of Henry VI, after which follow chronological computations to 1446 CE and the descent of Henry VI from St. Louis of France

The foundation of Lanthony priory, 1136 CE, is recorded, and special notice is taken of the doings of the Bohuns, earls of Hereford, patrons of that monastery. It seems probable, therefore, that the roll was compiled at Lanthony.

Verses occur in the accounts of Henry son of Henry II (here called Henry III), Richard I, and Henry V.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: roll
Support: parchment
Extent: Made up of nine membranes, one of which is modern
Dimensions (roll): 252.5 × 11.5 in.


Left margin torn and repaired


At the foot of the roll is the note 'Per F. H. de no. ecc⟨lesi⟩a', showing 'F.H.' of Newchurch to have been the author or scribe


Pächt and Alexander iii. 1054




Origin: c. 1454 ; England, perhaps Lanthony (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired before 1680

Record Sources

Description adapted (August 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-08-07: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)