Summary of Contents: Historical collection, the original part (fols. 50-62, 66-67v, 72-205v) written before 1314, with additions in several slighly later 14th-cent. hands.
, Gesta Pontificum
Extracts, made ‘pro sola et una fraternitatis caritate’, see fol.58v.
Rubric: Incipiunt cronice de archiepiscopis at episcopis Anglie. Composite secundum W. Malmesburiensem monachum
(fol.59) Leges Edwardi Confessoris
Prologue and cap.1–32, 36–39, in edition of W. Liebermann, Gesetze der Angelsachsen I, 1903, pp.627–55, 666–70.
Rubric: Incipiunt leges sancti Edwardi per Willelmum conquestorem regem Anglie approbate et confirmate
(fol.66) Descriptions of Britain
Incipit: Insula Britannie cui quondam Albion nomen fuit per milia passuum octingenta
Passage on the reasons for the downfall of the Britons
Incipit: Legitur in libro Gilde
The description of Britain is not taken from Gildas.
Rubric: Comendacio Britannie
Incipit: Britannia sicut legitur inter insulas omnes
Rubric: De mirab⟨il⟩ibus Britannie
Incipit: Ventus egreditur
34 wonders ending (fol.67) with no.4 of the list in the edition cited below, and omitting no.27.
A slightly shorter version of these three items is in MS. Rawl.D.358, fol.97–101, 15th cent., with ex-libris of John Whetamstede, abbot of St. Albans. A version of the second and third items is printed in Ralph of Diceto's Abbreviationes Chronicorum, in his Opera Historica I, ed. Stubbs (R.S., 1876), pp.10–15. No.4 of the third item is in the longer version cited by Stubbs.
, De initio et fine saeculi
Rubric: Incipit prophetia Methodii et memoriale temporum
Incipit: Sciendum namque est nobis fratres
The commonly found brief recension of the revelations of Ps.-Methodius.
, Speculum historiale
Extracts, not all consecutive, from lib. XXXII, parts of caps. 105–6, 108–112, 115–24.
Rubric: Pronosticacio de futuris temporibus secundum fratem Vincentium Belvacensem
Incipit: Sciendum est quod vii etas
, Flores historiarum (to 1306)
Rubric: Incipit prologus in librum qui Flores hystoriarum intitulatur
Explicit: (fol.202v) dimidium postulati
Closely related to MS. Lambeth 1106, probably from St. Paul's, London (see Luard's edition (R.S.1890), vol.i, pp.xxvii–viii and passim) but often even more abbreviated than Lambeth. After 1298, like most of the other MSS., both MSS. follow the E(‘Merton’) text rather than Ch(Chetham), from which they derive in the earlier part. Many of the longer insertions in Lambeth are included, and at 1291 (fol.186v) the ‘Ordinatio regni Scocie’ is in the form addressed to the dean and chapter of St. Paul's. The bull of Gregory X, 1273, on Peter Scot, found as a separate item in some MSS. of the Flores (e.g. MSS. Fairfax 20, fol.6v; B.M. Cotton Claud. E. VIII, fol.10), inserted in Lambeth at 936, is here inserted at 1185 (fol.152). Apparently peculiar to our MS. are: (fol.159v, 1213) John's charter of submission to the Pope in a fuller form than in the other MSS., with witnesses, etc.; (fol.162, 1216) copies of three further charters of John; and:
(fol.187v, 1292) Historical account of the rights of the King of England over Scotland
Incipit: Ad maiorem evidenciam iuris et dominii
Explicit: Egipciis in mare rubeo
Perhaps the same as the separate piece in MS. BM. Cotton Claud. E.VIII, fol.260v. Cf. Robert of Avesbury, De gestis Edwardi tertii, ed. E. Maunde Thompson, (R.S. 1889), pp.286–90.
(fol. 202v) Annales Paulini
Beginning only (1307-8). Pr. from MS. Lambeth 1106 by Stubbs, Chron. Edw. I et II (R.S.1882), pp.255–66.
Final rubric: Explicit cronica Rad. Baldok (i.e. Ralph of Baldock, bishop of London 1304–1313; cf.Emden, B.R.U.O.iii 2148 no. cxxv). This rubric added by a 'shaky' hand.
, Continuatio Chronicarum
Extract: 1309 to mid 1334, ed. Maunde Thompson (R. S.1889), pp.14–74. Written in a different hand.
Explicit: iuxta partes Tholosanas oriundus
Rubric: Ex Cronicis Ade Merimoz can. Lond.
Rubric added by 'shaky' hand.
(fol.218–9) Chronicle of England, 1335-40
Continuing the preceding item, but not taken from Murimuth. Written by a hand of the mid-14th cent. which also added on fol.65 two missing chapters from the Flores for which spaces had been left on fol.80v, 81.
(fol.219–224v, followed by stubs of cancelled leaves) Annals, 1341-63
Leaves ruled up for further additions, two years to a page, for years 1341–63, by Henry of Kirkestede, who made entries only for 1341 (death and election of prior of Ely), 1342, 1360 (death of abbot of Bury), 1361 (death of prior and 18 monks of Bury in plague; destruction of tower in gale, etc.).
Items added on plank or inserted leaves by three 14th-cent. hands
(fol. 49) List of papal legates to England, 1206–1317
, Historia regum Britanniae
Extract: Bk. XII.iv–xix, pp.518–535 in ed. of Griscom. 1929.
Rubric: Extracta de cronicis Galfridi de Munemuta de historia Britonum…ex quibus elicitur cause ruine Britonum
(fol. 70) List of papal bulls addressed to Kings of England, apparently arranged by subject, starting with Scotland
The earliest is of Honorius III (1216–1227) and the latest of Boniface VIII (1294–1303).
(fol.65, in hand of item 6d above)
, Insurgent gentes
Rubric: Revelacio beate Hildegardis
Incipit: Insurgent gentes
The prophecy on the friars falsely attributed to Hildegard: see F. Vernet in Dict.Th.Cath. VI, col. 2470–1; preceded by a note on Hildegard's dates.
Incipit: Regnum Scotorum fuit inter cetera regna
44 lines. Walther, Carm., no.16547
Rubric: Visio Caldewini de Maneriis
Incipit: Rex ego sum Malgo nuper extinctus modo vivo
Incipit: Anno mille c ter x bis sexto dabit Eter
4 lines. Walther, Carm., no.1139
Incipit: M. semel et ter. C bis decem sex superadde
Incipit: Phebus palescit virtus lune quia crescit