Bodleian Library, MS. Laud Misc. 571

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Bodl. MS Laud Misc. 571 [SC 1493]
  • Matheson no.: 118
  • Date(s): C15; C16
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle.
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1r-142v; fols. 1r-5v consist of an index, added in the C16, detailing the chapters and relating them to the king list in the Notary’s Chronicle.
  • Writing support: (mixed media mss: particular usage of parchment?)
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation: tentative, from film:
    • No of leaves: ii + 142 + ii (flyleaves are C16).
    • Blank leaves: fol. 5v prob. originally blank.
    • Quires: i14 (wants 2); ii10; iii-vi12; vii10 (poss. vii12, wants 2);viii12; ix11 (prob. ix12, wants1); x12; xi10 (poss. xi 12, wants 2); xii12. (some fols. missing after fol. 122).
    • Foliation: C18? Top right corner, description follows this set; alternative pagination at top of fols., C16-17.
    • Composite MS? yes: fols 1-5 added in C16 to the existing C15 ms.
    • Booklets?: fols. 1-5 are a separate booklet added in the C16.
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 17v; 27v; 39v; 51v; 63v; 75v; 85v; 97v; 108v; 120v; 130v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): C15 sigs.: 7r-12r: a ij-a 7; 18r-22r: b j-b v; 28r-33r: c j-c 6; 40r-45r: d j- d 6; 52r-59r: e j- e 6; 64r-69r: f j-f6; 76r-80r: g j-g v; 86r-91r: h j-h 6; 98r-103r: J i-J 6; 109r-114r: k j-k 6; 121r-125r: l j-l 5; 131r-136r: m i-m 6; quires also numbered in Arabic numerals in the bottom margin of first fol. of each quire, C18-19?.
    • Damage?: fol. 6 mutilated on margins, with loss of text (some of which has been repaired in C18); fol. has been mounted; fols. 7-11 have portions of the margins cut away, without loss of text; bottom outer corner of fols.141and 142 cut away with loss of text.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) Scribe A: frames and columns; Scribe B: frames.
b. columns: both scribes: 1
c. lines: Scribe A: 38-42; Scribe B: 38.

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 2: Scribe A: fols. 1r-5r, l. 16; Scribe B: fol. 5r, ll. 17-23; Scribe C: fol. 5r, ll. 24-46; Scribe D: fols. 5r, l. 47-5v; Scribe E: fols. 6r-142v.
  • Named scribes?: no
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: Scribes A-C: Late C16 Secretary; Scribe D: Late C16-Early C17 Secretary; Scribe E: C15 Secretary, flattened ‘g’ with horizontal descender, distinctive ‘þ’ with elongated lobe that is sometimes formed by two parallel descenders which do not meet at the foot.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?: comp. Scribe E (fol. 6r) with Harvard MS Eng. 530, Scribe D, (fol. 59r).
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: Fols. 1r-5v: Each chapter heading is numbered according to the Notary’s Chronicle, and the folio on which it appears in the ms.; line markers in chapter headings; Rest of ms: Three-line and two-line caps, not infilled, prob. in red or blue; chapter headings and numbers in red, not all numbers present, line markers prob. in red; paraphs in the text, prob. in red or blue; catchwords rubricated in boxes with cross-hatched returns; occasional side notes; ascenders of letters in top line (e.g. fol. 13v) and right margin (e.g. fol. 21r) sometimes flourished into margin. Occasional sigla in margins (e.g. 47r), by scribe E.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: pressmarks: ‘k.67’; ‘Laud 571’; ‘Laud misc. 571’.
    • Flyleaf (ir): ‘if this be not caxtons chronicle [/] The Chronicle of Engl. Which Caxton followed. [/] it ends with Henry the 4ths reign’, C17-18?
    • 5v: ‘Liber Guilielmi Laud Archiepiscopi Cantuarensis et Cancellarii Vuniversitatis Oxoniensis 1633’.
    • 10r: erased marginalia.
    • 24r: ‘yf that’, C16.
    • 26v: pen trials.
    • 30v: erased marginalia: ‘Jn my […]’, C16.
    • 37r: pen trials.
    • 62v: legal sentence, C16.
    • 97r: erased marginalia.
    • 132r: pen trials C15.
    • 142v: ‘This boke is gevyn to Esabell Alen of the bequest of her hunkull ser William Trouthe vicary in the close of Salisbury to the entent that sche schuld pray for hym of whom God of his sawle haue mercy. Delyuered by the handes of hir ffader and moder William Alen […] Elenor his wiff which Elenor dessysed vpon [cancelled: ‘ser’] Mary Mawdlen eve the […] of kyng h. vijti of whom God of her saule haue mercy. Amen. Quod Esabel(?)’.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C16 glosses on fols.: 1r (how to use the index), 10v, 12v, 13r, 14v, 15v, 18r, 52r-v, 55r, 56v, 58v, 59v, 61v, 70v, 81v, 140v,
    • C17 glosses on fols.: 1v-2v, 3v, 9v-10v, 12r, 16r (Latin); 16v, 17v, 20r-v, 21r-22r, 23r-v, 27v, 29v, 38r-v, 40r-v, 42r, 45v, 46r, 47v, 48r, 49r, 52v, 53r, 54r, 56r, 57r-v, 58v, 60r, 61r,  62v, 63v, 68v, 69r, 72v, 75v (French with English translation), 77v -78v (Latin), 81v, 82v (Latin), 83v (Latin), 92v, 97v, 100v, 103r, 104r, 114r-v, 122v, 138v, 141v.
    • Cancelled marginalia at fols.: 50r-v, 51v, 52v, 53r, 55r, 142v (‘this book […]’. 
    • Some missing parts of the C15 text supplied in C17 on fol. 6r.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): C16: Trouthe (William) and Alen (Isabel) families.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities:
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural: religious household (clergy), secular household?

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Extended Version’, group EV-1419:C  . See Matheson, PB, pp. 198-99.
  • 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 largely based on microfilm work by J O’R with additional information from SC. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:



Corpus Christi College MS 182
TCC MS O.9.1

Society of Antiquaries MS 223


University of Illinois MS 116

Princeton University Library Garret MS 150.

San Marino
Huntington MS HM 133


    • Trouthe and Allen families: William Trouthe was Eleanor Allen’s uncle, and the book was presented to her as a bequest. It was delivered by her parents. Eleanor Allen is William Allen’s wife. See  (fol. 142v) above.
    • The Index at the beginning of the ms seems to have been copied out by a number of hands in the late C16 to C17.
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