Huntington MS. HM 131

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Huntington MS HM 131
  • Matheson no.: 128
  • Date(s): 3rd quarter of C15
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1-154v.
  • Writing support: Parchment with modern paper flyleaves
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: iii + 154 + ii
    • Quires: i10; ii12; iii-vii8; viii6+2; ix8+1; x6+1; xi-xvi10 (is xii10+1?); xvii8(wants 8).
    • Foliation: modern, top right corner, fols. 1-5 foliated, then foliated in fives or tens, with exceptions: fols. 16, 42, 63, 88, 116, 126, 146 numbered; alternative foliation on fols. 70-92 (39-61), 99-100 (62-63), 102 (65), 109-110, (67-68), 112-113 (70-71), 119-121 (72-74), 123 (76),  129-131 (77-79), 133 (81), 139-141 (82-84), 143 (86), 149-150 (88-89), 152-154 (91-93); fol.: 95 is misfoliated as 90.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?:
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 10v; 22v; 30v; 38v; 46v; 54v; 62v; 71v; 80v; 87v; 97v; 107v, 118v, 128v, 138v, 147v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): quires i-iv (a-d); slashes only for quires v-vi; vii none visible; viii (‘+i’ etc instead of letter sigs); ix prob. a, as quires 10-16 are b-h.
    • Damage?: fols. 148-151 repaired at corners.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames and lines in lead
b. columns: 1
c. lines: 25-29

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page: 199 x 165 mm.
    • Writing space: 130 x 105 mm.
  • Binding: Ca. 1830, in blue morocco;  Buccleuch crest on both covers
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?:
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 anglicana with secretary forms
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: three and four line initials usually red with black flourishing; some blue with red flourishing; fols. 64 and 67, occasional spaces reserved for initials and some initials lacking penwork decoration; chapter headings in red; paraphs in red; proper names underlined in red; sidenotes with chapter numbers in red. Latin finding notes in the margins, often in the upper right corner of the recto usually with the name of the king (poss. in red ink).
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front flyleaves and pastedown (i-ii): modern notes in pencil, e.g.: ‘from the duke of Buccleuch’s famous collection’; ‘MS 1420 – chronicle of Brutus similar to Caxton’s but much older – probably the ms used by him for printing purposes’.
    • 12v-13r: maxims on ?friendship, unfinished, C16.
    • 21v: ‘Symon’, C15 See also fols. 59v, 63r and 72r.
    • 30r: maxim, C16 same hand as 12v-13r.
    • 30v: ‘R’ ‘R’.
    • 36v: ‘Robard Burke’, C16, same hand as 30r, 12v-13r.
    • 37r: ‘ffernd’ (‘ferns’ according to Berkeley description), but see fols. 12v, 30r, 36v, and 117v, hand of Robert Burke.
    • 59v: ‘symon’ C 15
    • 63r: ‘symon’ C 15
    • 65r: monogram of the letters ‘Rose’ C16.
    • 66r: maxims: e.g. ‘Beter it es for a woman to be’; ‘the heyer that the plommes be [/] the heyer that the tres [/] be, the rippere be the plomes […]’ C 16.
    • 70r: monogram of the letters ‘Rose’ C16 see fol. 65r; ‘?sangelle’ or ‘sanchelle’, ‘thoms’ C16, smudged, poss. same hand as monogram.
    •  81v: maxim, C16, hand of Robert Burke.
    • 88r: scribbles
    • 102r: ‘To my welbelowed frend John peryne of Rykelly in’, C16 same hand as maxims on fol. 66r.
    • 108r: smudged (deleted) text in the same hand as fols. 119r, 120r.
    • 117v: smudged (deleted) text, ‘ffernd’, in the hand of Robert Burke.
    • 118r: ‘he that’, in the hand of Robert Burke.
    • 126r: ‘henry the viii by the grace of god’ [twice], ‘domine dominus noster parker parker knyght’, C16.
    • 148v: smudged (erased) text, prob. in the hand of Robert Burke.
    • 150r: ‘blame’, same hand as fol. 126r.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • English glosses on fols.: 83r, 103r, 104r, 106r-v, 108r, 110v, 112r, 115v, 116r-v (extensive underlining), 119r, 120r, 121r-123v, 126v, 127r, 129r, 132r.     (The manuscript is predominantly glossed in Latin in a C15 hand: see the images of fols 30v-31 and 116v-117 in the Digital Scriptorium [1])
    • Maniculum on fol. 93r
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): poss. Symon C15; poss. Robert Burke, Rose (Sangelle / Sanchelle?), Thomas (Sangelle / Sanchelle?), John Peryne, Parker, C16.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities: text in English, finding notes in Latin.
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Abbreviated Version’, group AV-1419:A[c]. See Matheson, PB, pp. 213-215.
  • Evidence of exemplar:
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS:
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions: Section on the reign of Constantine parallels a chapter in Historia, see PB, p. 213.
  • Decoration:
  • Translation, language: poss. translation into English from Latin Historia?

Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is largely based on Berkeley Digital Scriptorium Database [2] and microfilm work by J O’R.. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:



BL MS Royal 18 A.ix


The Historia Regum Britannie’ of Geoffrey of Monmouth, I: Bern, Burgerbibliothek, MS. 568, ed. by Neil Wright (Cambridge: Brewer, 1984), p. 132.

Secondary Texts:

De Ricci, p. 55.

Dutschke, C. W., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Hun­tington Library,2 vols (San Marino: Huntington Library, 1989), 1, pp. 177-78.

Hanna, Ralph III, The Index of Middle English Prose, Handlist I: A Handlist of Manu­scripts Containing Middle English Prose in the Henry E. Huntington Li­brary (Cambridge: Brewer, 1984), p. 13-14.

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