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The Chronicle of England by John Hardyng, Written about A.D. 1470-1480

MS. Arch. Selden B. 10
Held at the Weston Library

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The Chronicle of England by John Hardyng, from before Brute to 1464, in English verse, with prologue:

  1. Fols. 104-11 are in a different hand from the rest; at fol. 148v is a pedigree showing 'The title of Fraunce' to claim England; at fol. 180v routes from England into Scotland.
  2. On fol. 184r, 184v, 185r is a curious map of Scotland, fully described with an engraving by Richard Gough in his British Topography, vol. 2 (1780), pp. 579-83.
  3. Some Latin and English prose and verse passages, which belong to the chronicle, are on fols. 185v-98v; ending with an epilogue (beg. 'Of al maters I haue saide myne entent') after which the arms of H(enry) P(ercy), 5th earl of Northumberland, K.G., have been added (not before A.D. 1495).
  4. On fols. 200-9v, in a hand of about A.D. 1520, with fine capitals and the Percy arms, are 'The Prouerbes of Lydgate vpon the fall of prynces. Enpryntede at London in Fletestret at the sygne of the Sonne by Wynkyn Worde '; no doubt copied from the undated edition of 1520 (?).


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1470-1480


214 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin


MS. Arch. Selden B. 10


Old Selden mark = B. 26

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 3356

Custodial History

Fol. 211 bears a 15th cent. list of names 'Cy sen syeut lez noms des sieurs qui mourreront en la bataill a Aigincourt lan mile cccc xv le vendredy le xxv iour doctobre '. 'This leaf was found amongst loose papers formerly belonging to [Ralph] Thoresby of Leeds & placed here. 1873. H. O. C[oxe]', so it came into the Library in 1756. 'Henry Northumbreland, Henry Strange.' 'Margaret Clyfforde Elsebeth'; 16th cent.

Manuscript 3370 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated borders capitals, etc. In 1780 this volume was 'bound in a silken or velvet cover, adorned with brass bosses and gilt leaves see Gough (as below), but this has disappeared


13 1/2 × 10 1/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom