BL Additional MS. 12030

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: BL MS Add. 12030
  • Matheson no: 100
  • Date(s): C15 (second half?)
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1r-167v.
  • Writing support: paper
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction:
  • Collation: tentative, from film:
    • No of leaves: ii(?) + 168 fols + i(?)
    • Blank leaves: none
    • Quires: i-xv12 (according to the quire sigs. there may be a singleton between ii and viii, and a singleton after xii).
    • Foliation: mod. pencil, top right corner,; fol. missed after 97 (97a in this description); alternative pagination (C19?) top outer corners, cancelled on recto leaves.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): no
    • Quire signatures? (where?): quires signed on leading edges, from 1-6, but mostly trimmed away: 15r: biij;  87r-90r: h iij-vj; 108r-116r: k j-vj; 120r: l j;
    • Damage?: bottom outer corners of fols 1-2 cut away without loss of text.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames and lines, prob. in lead or crayon. Prickings visible.
b. columns: 1
c. lines:36

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?:
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Secretary with Anglicana features (e.g. ‘w’ and ‘d’ with looped ascender); ‘2’-shaped ‘r’, otiose strokes particularly after ‘d’ and ‘r’.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: fol. 1r: 6-line cap infilled with foliage, and flourished into top and side margins, prob. in colours; rest of ms: 2-line solid caps, not infilled or flourished, poss. in blue; chapter headings, poss. in red or blue, with 1-line solid caps, poss. in blue; chapter numbers in margin; side notes, double slashes in text; double hyphens at ends of lines; some ascenders of top line letters extended into margin (e.g. fols. 95r, 97a v). Running titles added in C17-18? from fol. 81r (William the Conqueror) poss. by R. Leycester?
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: modern pressmarks, purchase note  for £15 - 5 - 0 with text ‘autograph of the ?hand of Leicester on the front page’, C19.
    • Front flyleaf (iir): ‘from Gavin (?f)ed’s library.’, C19?
    • Front flyleaf (ii verso): contents notes with page numbers, C19.
    • 1r: ‘R Leycester’, C17-18?
    • 54v: ‘in the name of god amen’, C15-16.
    • 75r: ‘cossyn … edythe’, C16.
    • 103r: pen trials, C15-16.
    • 107v: pen trials, C15-16.
    • 108r: ‘John Byeres’, (Eyeres?), C16; ‘?John bontry’, ‘J haue … dauid’, pen trials, C16.
    • 111r: Latin maxim, C17.
    • 155v: beginning of a letter, C16.
    • 156v: ‘yf thow be greuyd thynke one hym that the redemyd / jentyll culpeper remember thy redemer’, C16.
    • 161r: ‘thys ys my boke wylliam [cancelled]  ?lower plowmer in london’, C16.
    • 162r: ‘Jhus’, ‘J R’, ‘Jhus 1544 the 18’.
    •  167v: beginning of letter, C16.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C17-18 glosses (prob. by R. Leycester) on fols. 6r-12r, 14v-24r, 25r, 27r-v, 31r, 32r, 33r-v, 36v, 43v, 44r-45r, 46v-49r, 50v, 52r, 57r, 58v, 109r, 110r-v, 112v-113v, 114v, (146r, 155v-156v, 157v.
    • C15-16 glosses on fols. 20r, 27r, 99r (Latin), 100v (Latin), 117v, 167r.
    • C16 glosses on fols. 151r, 153v.
    • Marginal ‘+’ at fol. 52r.
    • Cancelled marginalia on fol. 69r.
    • C19 gloss on fol. 167v.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): William, C16; R. Leycester, C17-18.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities: C15-16 glosses in Latin and English
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Extended Version’, group EV1419:A. See Matheson, PB, pp. 177, 179-80.
  • Evidence of exemplar:
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS:
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions:
  • Decoration:
  • Translation, language:


Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is based on Microfilm work by J O’R. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:



Takamiya MS 12


BL MS Harley 24
Rylands MS Eng. 105
Bodl. MS Rawl. B.187
Bodl. MS Tanner 188


Cambridge, MA
Harvard MS Richardson 35

Secondary Texts:
Brown, Peter, and Elton D. Higgs, The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist V: A Handlist of Manuscripts Containing Middle English Prose in the Addi­tional Collection (10001-14000) British Library, London (Cambridge: Brewer, 1988), p. 42.


William’s cancelled surname on fol. 161r may be visible under UV?

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