University of Illinois MS. 82

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Production Practicalities:

  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Univ. of Illinois Library MS 82
  • Matheson nos. 142, 166
  • Date:
  • Type of book: Brut chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • Writing support: parchment
  • Watermark?: no              
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: 218 fols.
    • Quires:
    • Foliation: C15 arabic numerals ink top right corner. Refoliated in C20? In pencil top right corner, occasional modern in bottom right corner, often erased. MS is misbound, see separate schedule of foliation.
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): on modern foliation: 9v; 16v; 24v; 32v; 41v; 49v; 57v; 65v; 73v; 81v; 88v; 98v; 014v; 115v; 120v; 128v; 136v; 144v; 160v*; 168v*
    • Quire signatures? (where?): 15r: Ij; (17r Mi – or pentrial); 38r: v; 46r: hij; 127r: trimmed; 170r: trimmed; 180r: trimmed.
    • Damage?: Ms trimmed; fol. 1r stained at corners; front board and 2 flyleaves loose. MS is misbound.


  • No of items:
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: frames in ink; fols 4-219 lines in ink.
b. columns: 1 
c. lines: varies from 16-24 scribe A; 32 scribes B and C.

  • Ink: scribe: A pale golden brown; scribes B and C: dark brown.
  • Size, binding: front board: 113 x 82 mm; folio: 107 x 80 mm (varies); writing space 77 x 52 mm (varies slightly). Binding: Brown morocco over card; borders tooled in gilt with floral patterns at corners; Spine embossed gilt on black panel with the words ‘MS Brute’; spine tooled in gilt; raised bands.
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 3: Scribe A: fols. 8r-164r; Scribe B: fols. 164v- Scribe C
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: all scribes C15 anglicana with secretary features.
  • Rubrication, sigla: Chapter numbers in margins; some use of red ink on fols. 217v-218r: underlining of title: ‘kyng henry the vjth sone of kyng henry the vth’ fol. 217v; ‘h..vj.’ in red ink; ‘humfrey’ [duke of gloucs] underlined in red ink, fol. 218r.
  • Contents: A: C15 Latin notes on English saints, fol. 1r; B: C15 calendar in English of coronations of English kings and other notable dates begins at 1042, ends 1461 with the coronation of Edward IV, fols. 1v-3v; C: Calendar in Latin and English of the coronations of English Kings from 1402-1447, fols 5r-7r. 7v originally blank, contains a Latin note carried from 7r in pale brown ink; D: Brut chronicle, fols. 8r-218v (prologue from fol. 8r-10r, l. 11); E, F, G: Latin headings on English kings, Henry IV, fol. 188v, Henry V, fol. 204v, and Henry VI, fol. 219r, prefacing the sections of Brut text related to those kings, same hand as items A, B, C.

Production Culture:

  • Compiler?:
  • Named scribes?:
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Flyleaf (iv): embossed with bookplate in gilt of Joseph Haslewood.
    • Flyleaf (iir): ‘for date see verso folio 188’, ‘chronicle of England’, mod. pencil
    • Flyleaf (iiv) bookplate of the library of the University of Illinois, pressmarked ‘x942 c46b 14 –‘
    • Flyleaf (iiiv) ‘ms …..a. ay =’ | ‘Bindais? (Binding?) Hiref … ar …-- ‘| ‘by Lecoil(s?) }’ | ‘___________’ | ‘f.e.r. –‘ C20?
    • 1r: juitinarismi Elizabeth fuit xxiijo novembri (?) dei 15s59o or’ C16.
    • 1v: corrections to dates in margins, glosses and additions in brown ink C15.
    • 2r: ‘x942’ | ‘c46b’ | ‘14—‘ mod. pencil; ‘14 jan 49 stonehill’ mod. pencil; ‘ms 4.30’ mod ink, see iiiv.
    • 7r: ‘Baleg de ollistribe str(e?) torin cantabrigia fuit verita a sigeberto ovienlahu(er)’ C16 v, faint.
    • 8r: ‘John Stow’ C16 black ink; ‘Londinn itiquatus vocanit trenovantium quod polidor (?)neoat affirmans Trenovantium esse Northampton.’ C16.
    • 10r: scribal annotations ‘in þe yer fro [etc]’; ‘[.3994.’
    • 10v: ‘Elliott}’ | ‘Bale’ | ‘Leland’ | ‘Lhid’ | ‘Perottus’, ‘note that the land was called Allion or Albion the sonne of Neptune, not of this Albyne rehearsed in this book which story se(m?n?u?)ith ?I(m?n?)reoffrea? [who?] regned at C(r?w?)(e?o?)a and (minado? (Minnoli? Nallano?)’ C16 black ink. Poss. hand of John Stow, comp. fol. 8r.
    • 16v: c16 English gloss, brown ink. Poss Stow?
    • C16 English gloss, brown ink. Poss. Stow?
    • 23r: Latin gloss in pale brown ink, poss. modern.
    • 23v: C19 English gloss and text underlined.
    • 26r: Latin gloss C15 brown ink.
    • 28r: C16 English gloss olive brown ink.
    • 28v: C15 English gloss, brown ink.
    • 30v: C15 English gloss, brown ink.
    • 31r: C15 English gloss, brown ink.
    • 31v: English gloss, see 23r, same hand.
    • 33r: maniculum, brown ink, poss. Stow.
    • 33v: C15 English gloss, brown ink, see 28v etc.
    • 34r: C15 English gloss, brown ink.
    • 34v: maniculum, poss. Stow.
    • 38r: Latin glosses, C16.
    • 40r English gloss, C16, partially erased.
    • 47r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 53v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 58r-59r: English glosses, poss. Stow.
    • 64r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 69r: maniculum and underlined text: ‘Strong þat it might not begotten …ffire + bonde hem’
    • 71r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 81r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 83r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 84v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 85r: maniculum, poss. Stow.
    • 88v: glosses on Thomas Godwyn.
    • 89r: Erased gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 90r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 93v: Latin gloss, poss scribal, C15, same clolour olive brown ink. St. Thomas of Canterbury..
    • 102v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    •  109v: English gloss and maniculum, poss. Stow.
    • 112v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 115v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 116v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 119v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 123r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 130v-131r: English glosses, poss. Stow.
    • 132r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 133r: maniculum, poss. Stow.
    • 134r:maniculum, poss. Stow.
    • 137r-v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 140r: underlining, poss. Stow.
    • 145r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 145v: maniculum, poss, Stow.
    • 147v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 152v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 160r: maniculum, poss. Stow.
    • 165v: English gloss, poss. Stow; poss. erasure in bottom margin.
    • 167r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 169r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 171v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 173v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 174-r-v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 177r: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 178v: English gloss, poss. Stow.
    • 188v: space of 5 lines left in text after text: ‘agayn in to þe officez and the erssebyschop arundell notifiede the peple þat þe kyng wolde be crounede at westmynster on seint edwards day comaundyng all men to be at plement on the Monday next afftir::~’; Latin note on Henry IV, C15 poss. scribe A, poss later addition.
    • 204v: after ‘chapter xiiij þer of kyng harry he lete make galleys for werre…’ ends incomplete: ‘at crichirche of caunterbury --~’; Latin note on Henry V, C15, later addition.
    • 219r: ‘Aiij dayes of his (?) and is buried at westmynster on whos soule jhesu crist have mercie. Amen---~’; space with erasure of 2 lines; 2 notes on Henry VI, C15, later addition.
    • 218v: ‘kyng of scott as he was goyng to his bed …[etc]’ ends: ‘xxx woundes (?) off. Vij (?) deadly. I dar write no fferther’; ‘hond in throne’ v. faint – not scribal, but C15.
    • 219r: ‘1350 (G?C?)arterion Simon orchinis ex(v?u?)itnus moti tutio’ C17?
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
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  • Language(s); translation activities: Latin and English
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  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:


Reception Cultures / communities:

  • Owner(s):  poss. J. Stow; Joseph Haslewood, bought 1947 from Stonehill.
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Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Abbreviated Version’, group AV-1419:C.; ‘Peculiar Version’, group PV-1437:A. See Matheson, PB, pp.229-30; 283-85.
  • Evidence of exemplar: According to PB, narrative dislocation at the end of the Abbreviated version section (fol. 164v), where a change of exemplar and scribe occurred.
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS:
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Credits and acknowledgments:


The description of this MS is largely based on manuscript study by J O’R.; revised by Ryan Perry. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

6. Select Bibliography for this MS


TCD MS 505

Takamiya MS 18

TCC MS o.11.11
Nottingham County Council MS DDFS 3/1
Bodl. MS Ashmole 793
Bodl. MS Lyell 34

Cambridge, Mass. Houghton Library
Harvard MS Eng.750

NLW MS 21608D

Marx, C. W., An English Chronicle 1377-1461 (Cambridge: Brewer, in prepa­ration).

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