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A Chronicle of England, ending with the death of Henry v in 1422, written in about the middle of the 15th century

MS. Bodl. 754
Held at the Weston Library

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A Chronicle of England, imperfect at beginning, ending with the death of Henry v in 1422. One leaf at the beginning is lost, and one after fol. 9, and fol. 43, but the first is represented by a rather later copy (fol. 1, cf. 22). The first words of fol. 1 are 'Howe this lande was cawlled Albyon and by what encheson it wase so named. In the noble land of Syrrye ther wase a noble kynge ... Dyoclecian'; the text ends, on an imperfect leaf, 'he was noble entyred at Westminster on whose soule ... Amen . Explicit'

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

(fols. 22, 154) are damaged. There is some scribbling on margins, etc.


  • Creation: written in about the middle of the 15th century


154 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Bodl. 754

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. V, no. 27653.

Custodial History

'Martin Cotes', 16th century.

Related Materials

See also MS. Bodl. 840.

Physical Facet

On paper, imperfect

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom