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Lister Matheson's The Prose Brut: the Making of a Middle English Chronicle is the most complete published census to date of the MSS of the Middle English Prose Brut. The Imagining History project's descriptions of the Prose Brut are indexed according to their Matheson number, for easy cross-reference between printed text and electronic resource. The project's descriptions extend, and sometimes contest, the Matheson record.

Listed according to Matheson number:

  • 1: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Rawlinson B.171
  • 2: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Douce 323
  • 3: New York, Mrs. J. D. Gordan MS. 63
  • 4: Manchester, John Rylands University Library MS. Eng. 103
  • 5: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke MS. 494
  • 6: London, Society of Antiquaries MS. 93
  • 7: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson C.155
  • 8: London, British Library MS. Harley 3945
  • 9: Manchester, John Rylands University Library MS. Eng. 206
  • 10: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS. Peniarth 398D
  • 11: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS. 174
  • 12: Manchester, John Rylands University Library MS. Eng. 102
  • 13: Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia MS. Lewis 238
  • 14: Manchester, John Rylands University Library MS. Eng. 103
  • 15: London, British Library MS. Harley 2279
  • 16: London, British Library MS. Stowe 68
  • 17: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson B.171
  • 18: London, Lambeth Palace Library MS. 491
  • 19: Hamburg, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek MS. 98
  • 20: Princeton, Princeton University Library, Taylor Medieval MS. 3
  • 21: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland MS. 6128
  • 22: London, British Library MS. Harley 266
  • 23: Chicago, University of Chicago Library MS. 253
  • 24: Cambridge, Peterhouse, MS. 190
  • 25: London, Sion College MS. Arc. L40.2/E 42
  • 26: New York, Columbia University Library MS. Plimpton 262
  • 27: Tokyo, Takamiya MS. 29
  • 28: London, Lambeth Palace Library MS. 264
  • 29: London, British Library MS. Egerton 650
  • 30: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson B.173
  • 31: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson B.166
  • 32: University Park, Pennsylvania State University MS. PS. V-3A
  • 33: London, Lambeth Palace Library MS. 738
  • 34: London, British Library MS. Stowe 69
  • 35: London, British Library MS. Additional 33242
  • 36: Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS. Kk.1.12
  • 37: Wiltshire, Longleat House MS. 183A
  • 38: Cambridge, Trinity College, MS. O.10.34
  • 39: London, British Library MS. Harley 2248
  • 40: London, British Library MS. Royal 17.D.xxi
  • 41: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke MS. 323
  • 42: Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum MS. McClean 186
  • 43: London, College of Arms MS. Vincent 421
  • 44: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson B.216
  • 45: Glasgow, University of Glasgow, MS. Hunterian 228
  • 46: Cambridge, Mass, Houghton Library, Harvard University MS. Eng. 587
  • 47: Tokyo, Takamiya MS. 67
  • 48: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Bodley 231
  • 49: London, British Library MS. Royal 18.B.iii
  • 50: Berkeley, Bancroft Library, University of California MS. 152
  • 51: London, British Library MS. Additional 26746
  • 52: Glasgow, University of Glasgow, MS. Hunterian 61
  • 53: Manchester, John Rylands University Library MS. Eng. 104
  • 54: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Douce 290
  • 55: Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale MS. IV.461
  • 56: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Bodley 840
  • 57: Dublin, TCD MS. 490
  • 58: Chapel Hill, Heyneman MS.
  • 59: London, British Library MS. Harley 1568
  • 60: Washington, Folger Shakespeare Library MS. V.b.106
  • 61: San Marino, Huntington Library MS. HM 136
  • 62: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson B.205
  • 63: Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS. Ee.4.32
  • 64: Cambridge, Trinity College, MS. R.5.43, Part II
  • 65: Leicester, University of Leicester MS. 47
  • 66: Sydney, University of Sydney, MS. Nicholson 13
  • 67: San Marino, Huntington Library MS. HM 113
  • 68: Glasgow, University of Glasgow, MS. Hunterian 74
  • 69: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson B.196
  • 70: London, Lambeth Palace Library MS. 259
  • 71: London, British Library MS. Harley 4930
  • 72: Chicago, University of Chicago Library MS. 254
  • 73: Princeton, Princeton University Library, Taylor Medieval MS. 3
  • 74: London, British Library MS. Cotton Galba E.viii
  • 75: London, British Library MS. Harley 2256
  • 76: Norfolk, Holkham Hall MS. 670
  • 77: Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS. Ee.4.31
  • 78: London, British Library MS. Harley 266
  • 79: London, British Library MS. Harley 753
  • 80: London, Lambeth Palace Library MS. 331
  • 81: Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois MS.116
  • 82: Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS. Hh.6.9
  • 83: Cambridge, Trinity College MS. O.9.1
  • 84: Chicago, University of Chicago Library MS. 254
  • 85: “The Chronicles of Englond” (Caxton, 1480)
  • 86: London, British Library MS. Additional 10099
  • 87: Glasgow, University of Glasgow, MS. Hunterian 74
  • 88: London, British Library MS. Cotton Claudius A.viii
  • 89: Glasgow, University of Glasgow, MS. Hunterian 228
  • 90: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson poet. 32
  • 91: London, Lambeth Palace Library MS. 264
  • 92: San Marino, Huntington Library MS. HM 136
  • 93: Cambridge, Mass, Houghton Library, Harvard University MS. Eng. 530
  • 94: Glasgow, University of Glasgow, MS. Hunterian 83
  • 95: Cambridge, Peterhouse, MS. 190
  • 96: London, British Library MS. Harley 3730
  • 97: Manchester, John Rylands University Library MS. Eng. 105
  • 98: Cambridge, Mass, Houghton Library, Harvard University MS. Richardson 35
  • 99: London, British Library MS. Harley 24
  • 100: London, British Library MS. Additional 12030
  • 101: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson B.187
  • 102: Tokyo, Takamiya MS. 12
  • 103: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Tanner 188
  • 104: London, British Library MS. Harley 4827
  • 105: London, British Library MS. Harley 2182
  • 106: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library MS. 185
  • 107: Glasgow, University of Glasgow, MS. Hunterian 230
  • 108: Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS. Additional 2775
  • 109: Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS. Ff.2.26
  • 110: Oxford, Trinity College, MS. 5
  • 111: London, British Library MS. Additional 24859
  • 112: Charlottesville, University of Virginia MS. 38-173
  • 113: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral MS. 98
  • 114: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS. 442D
  • 115: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson poet. 32
  • 116: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS. 182
  • 117: Cambridge, Trinity College MS. O.9.1
  • 118: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Laud Misc. 571
  • 119: Princeton, Princeton University Library, Garrett MS. 150
  • 120: Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois MS.116
  • 121: London, Society of Antiquaries MS. 223
  • 122: San Marino, Huntington Library MS. HM 133
  • 123: Glasgow, University of Glasgow, MS. Hunterian 83
  • 124: London, British Library MS. Harley 3730
  • 125: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Digby 185
  • 126: London, British Library MS. Royal 18.B.iv
  • 127: London, British Library MS. Royal 18.A.ix
  • 128: San Marino, Huntington Library MS. HM 131
  • 129: Glasgow, University of Glasgow, MS. Hunterian 443
  • 130: London, British Library MS. Harley 1337
  • 131: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Hatton 50
  • 132: London, British Library MS. Harley 6251
  • 133: London, British Library MS. Stowe 71
  • 134: Oxford, Jesus College, MS. 5
  • 135: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Tanner 11
  • 136: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan MS. 225
  • 137: Northumberland, Alnwick Castle MS. 457A
  • 138: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS. Peniarth 396D(2)
  • 139: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson C.901
  • 140: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson B.190
  • 141: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Ashmole 793
  • 142: Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois MS. 82
  • 143: London, British Library MS. Stowe 70
  • 144: Oxford, University College, Oxford, MS. 154
  • 145: Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS. Hh.6.9
  • 146: Cambridge, Mass, Houghton Library, Harvard University MS. Eng. 530
  • 147: Cleveland, Cleveland Public Library MS. W q091.92-C468
  • 148: Dublin, TCD MS. 489
  • 149: Manchester, John Rylands University Library MS. Eng. 207
  • 150: London, British Library MS. Additional 70514
  • 151: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Laud Misc. 733
  • 152: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. e Musaeo 3
  • 153: Oxford, Lincoln College, MS. Lat. 151
  • 154: Dublin, TCD MS. 5895
  • 155: London, British Library MS. Harley 7333
  • 156: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Laud Misc. 550
  • 157: London, College of Arms MS. Arundel 8
  • 158: Dublin, TCD MS. 506
  • 159: London, British Library MS. Sloane 2027
  • 160: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson poet. 32
  • 161: Nottingham, Nottingham County Council MS. DDFS 3/1
  • 162: Cambridge, Trinity College, MS. O.11.11
  • 163: Tokyo, Takamiya MS. 18
  • 164: Cambridge, Mass, Houghton Library, Harvard University MS. Eng. 750 (first text)
  • 165: Cambridge, Mass, Houghton Library, Harvard University MS. Eng. 750 (second text)
  • 166: Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois MS. 82
  • 167: Dublin, TCD MS. 505
  • 168: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Lyell 34
  • 169: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS. 21608D
  • 170: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS. Peniarth 397C
  • 171: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Bodley 754
  • 172: London, British Library MS. Harley 53
  • 173: London, Lambeth Palace Library MS. 6
  • 174: New York, Columbia University Library MS. Plimpton 261
  • 175: Norfolk, Holkham Hall MS. 669
  • 176: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Ashmole 791
  • 177: London, Inner Temple Library, Petyt MS. 511, Vol. XI
  • 178: London, Lambeth Palace Library MS. 84
  • 179: London, British Library MS. Egerton 650
  • 180: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Rawlinson B.173
  • 181: University Park, Pennsylvania State University MS. PS. V-3A
  • 182: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS. Peniarth 343A
  • 183: London, Lambeth Palace Library MS. 306
  • 184: London, British Library MS. Harley 63
  • 185: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library MS. 184
  • 186: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fonds anglais 30
  • 187: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Digby 196
  • 188: Washington, Folger Shakespeare Library MS. V.a.198
  • 190: Bristol, City of Bristol Record Office, Mayor's Calendar, no. 04720
  • 191: Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS. Ll.2.14
  • 192: Cambridge, Mass, Houghton Library, Harvard University MS. Eng. 938
  • 193: London, Bedford Estates Office, Woburn Abbey MS. 181
  • 194: London, British Library MS. Harley 4690
  • 195: London, College of Arms MS. Arundel 58


Unclassified Texts: [196-203; two manuscripts without a Matheson number, one of Matheson’s ‘unlocated mss.’ (see xxxi-xxxii) and a fragment to be added to the corpus already numbered by Matheson (marked *)]


  • 196: Cologny-Genève, Bibliotheca Bodmeriana MS. 43
  • 197: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral MS. 70
  • 198: Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS. Kk.1.3
  • 199: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS. Peniarth 396D(1)
  • 200: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS. Brogyntyn 8
  • 201: London, British Library MS. Royal 11.B.ix
  • 202: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University Library (three fragments, probably taken from the Heyneman MS.)
  • 203: Corio, Victoria, Australia, Gelong Church of England Grammar School (now missing)
  • 204: Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey MS. (sold to private owner at Sotheby’s, 22 June 2004)*
  • 205: Tokyo, Takamiya, no pressmark, (two unrecorded fragments from a Brut text)*
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