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Brut Chronicle

Reference code
Brut Chronicle
mid 15th century
Level of description
Extent and format
Vellum; ff. iii + 97.
Leather binding, brown.
Scope and content
Chronicle of England to 1332. See F W D Brie, The Brut (1906), 1-286. Full border of leaves, red, blue, ochre, with corner decorations, fol.1; initials in blue, with penwork decoration in red as far as fol.8v; spaces left for initials in the rest of the volume. Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 304. L M Matheson, The Prose Brut (1998), 82.
Handasyde, Talbot Blayney (fl 1784), clergyman and antiquary
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Archival history
The many inscriptions and ownership notes, 15th-18th century, include 'Syr Robard Tarrys(?) caplanus ...' with a reference to John Davy, fol. 2; 'John Davy of munje alias muntt joye esqr ...', fol. iii verso (see also fol. 97v); 'Anthony Charew [Carew] ...', fol. 97v. Short letter of greeting, in English, from the prior of Spalding, Lincs., drawn as a facsimile of a vellum strip, 15th cent., fol. 97v. Later references including Dr Edward Bernard, the cataloguer, 'Wm' (?i.e. Michael) Burghers, Chalcographer to the University of Oxford, fol. iii. Said, in an 18th century note (fol. iii verso), to have been the property of William Caxton.
Presented by the Rev. Talbot Blaney Handasyd, FSA (pen and wash presentation plate, fol.ii). Minute Book XIX, 29 Jan.1784, p.216. Archaeologia, 7 (1785), 433.