Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS. 182

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Cambridge, Corpus Christi MS 182
  • Matheson no.: 116
  • Date(s):  C15, prob. 2nd half.
  • Type of book: Brut chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1r-179v.
  • Writing support: parchment throughout
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: i + 179 fols. + i Front flyleaf i and back flyleaf i are prob. C15 parchment.
    • Blank leaves: no
    • Quires: i-xxii8; xxiii3.
    • Foliation: modern ink, top right corner.
    • Composite MS? yes; ms was repaired, in mid-C16, the following fols. having been replaced: 6-7, 9-14,  174-176.
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?):8v, 16v, 24v, 32v, 40v, 48v, 56v, 64v, 72v, 80v, 88v, 96v, 104v, 112v, 120v, 128v, 136v, 144v, 152v, 160v, 168v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): quires numbered later (in ink?) 2- 23
    • Damage?: laterally inserted leaf between fols. 60 and 61 is fragmentary, bottom ¼ of fol. remains; prob. inserted by binder, it is a fragment of the Brut, by scribe A of this ms, from chap 5, approx fol. 6.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames and lines in ink; prickings visible.
b. columns: 1
c. lines: 39

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page: 11 1/5 x 8 in.
    • Writing space:
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 2: A: fols. 1r-5v, 8r-v, 15r-173v, 177r-179v; B: fols. 6r-7v, 9r-14v,  174r-176v.
  • Named scribes?: ‘N B’? See fol. 71r, ‘J. S’? , ‘P C’?, see fol. 89r. Whether any of these possible letter forms have significance beyond their decorative purpose is difficult to ascertain at present.
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: Scribe A: C15 Secretary: predominantly double-compartment ‘a’, although single-compartment does appear, predominantly single-ascender ‘d’ although occasional looped ascender ‘d’; both Secretary and Anglicana ‘w’, single-compartment ‘g’, both ‘r’-shaped and ‘2’-shaped ‘r’, with very occasional long ‘r’. Occasionally dots voids of letters (e.g. 203r, l. 17, ‘Pomfret’).
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?: comp. with Princeton Garret MS 150.
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: fol. 1r: full bar border with foliage sprays, in gold and colours; 10-line solid cap, prob. in colours, on gold background; fols. 6r-7v, 9r-14v,  174r-176v (Scribe B): 2-line solid caps, poss. in red or blue; chapter headings, with numbers, prob. in red; rest of ms: 3-line solid caps with pen flourishing, prob. in red and blue; chapter headings with 1-line caps, and occasional line markers in a variety of styles, prob. in red, occasionally unfilled spaces, often not enough space left, and headings run into margins (e.g. fols 4r-v); paraphs in the text, prob. in red or blue; catchwords rubricated in scrollwork boxes with slashes; frequently ascenders of top line letters extended into margin, sometimes elaborately with strapwork; descenders of bottom line letters sometimes extended and flourished with strapwork or loops and dashes; descender of bottom line ‘g’ occasionally split into 2.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • 51r: crude pen drawing of a human figure.
    • 179v: explicit added in C16.
    • Back flyleaf (i verso): Latin note on the life of St. Augustine attributed to Gocelinus Monarchus, C16; Latin note mentioning ‘Scalachronica Gallicia’, C16; French note mentioning Caerleon and Rome, C17-18. According to Rhodes, by Archbishop Parker. This fol. also contains a very faded poss. Latin text which runs vertically .
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C15 glosses on fols. 44v, 134r.
    • C15-16 glosses on fols. 49v, inserted slip after fol. 60, 127v.
    • C16 glosses by Parker on fols.  125r-v, 151r, back flyleaf (i verso).
    • C17-18 glosses on fols.  2v, 4r.
    • Maniculum on fol. 164v.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): poss. Parker, C16.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities:
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Extended Version’, group EV-1419:C. See Matheson, PB, p. 197.
  • Evidence of exemplar:
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS:
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions: Latin gloss on end flyleaf (i verso), poss. by Parker, mentions Scalachronica.
  • Decoration: comp. scribal decoration style to Princeton, Garret MS 150, and Soc. Antiquaries 223, both of the same textual group.
  • Translation, language:

Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is largely based on SC. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:



TCC MS O.9.1
Society of Antiquaries MS 223
Bodl. MS Laud Misc. 571


University of Illinois MS 116
Garret MS 150
San Marino
Huntington MS HM 133

Secondary Texts

James, Montague Rhodes, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 2 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1912), Vol. I, pp. 425-26.


Another Brut ms repaired in mid C16 is LP 84, it may be worth comparing the hand of the C16 repairer.

The scribe of this MS and Princeton MS Garret 150 are very similar, not only in their handwriting but also in their decoration. I am doubtful that the two mss are by the same scribe, unless written after many small changes had occurred in the scribe’s script (which is far from impossible). The similarities in decoration suggest a common milieu of production, perhaps a ‘house style’, (for a different perspective see the Short Description [currently under construction]). It is probably significant that both texts are from the same subgroup of the Extended Version. Spellings in the two texts vary considerably from each other.

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