[Chronicle of England].

Hardyng, John, 1378-1465? [Browse]
Manuscript, Book
  • Middle English (1100-1500)
  • Latin
[England] ; [around 1470 or 1471].
151 leaves : paper, illustrations ; 295 x 210 mm (215 x 138 mm)


Getty AAT genre
Summary note
Contains a Chronical of England in verse preceded by a Latin commentary on Genesis and various genealogical and chronological lists.
  • Ms. composite codex.
  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Script: Anglicana formata.
  • Decoration: initials with pen flourishes; crowns, orbs, scepters, swords, and heraldic banners drawn in margins highlighted in red.
  • Origin: Produced in England, possibly in Yorkshire around 1470 or 1471, when King Henry VI (who is mentioned in the text) was briefly restored to the throne.
Binding note
Bound in England, in the late 16th or early 17th century, with the textblock sewn on four alum-tawed thongs laced into an old limp-parchment wrapper with yapps and two end-ties.
Language note
In Middle English and Latin.
  • fol. 2r-5r: “[Vita Ade et eue et de morte eorundem et cetera.]
  • fol. 7r-17v: [Progenies regum Anglie]
  • fol. 18r-v: “Secuntur nomina Regum sanctorum Anglie et vbi sepeliuntur et quamdiu regnabant" [Lists of english kings with length of reign and burial place]
  • fol. 18v-19r: “Nota quod Armorica sive letauia id est minor Britannia. Britannia et Britones a Bruto ..." [Anonymous text on the etymology of selected British place names]
  • fol. 19r-v: “[De longitudine et latitudine Angliae].
  • fol. 7. 21r-149v: [Metrical Chronicle of England]
The manuscript may have been produced for a member of the Rokeby family of Yorkshire, whose arms are drawn in dark brown ink at the bottom of fol. 122r. An inscription on the paper flyleaf designated fol. 150r mentions Richard Storye (Storey?), of Thornton, Yorkshire: “Richard storye of thorntone in the cuntye of york buttler butleribus (?)" with the date 1591. Other inscriptions in the same hand or in a similar contemporary hand read: “Johannes bearyk in comitatum” (front medieval parchment flyleaf), “Johannes London” (fol. 1r); “Willielmus anleff” (fol. 19v) and “Johannes bearyk” (fol. 150r). Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, purchased the manuscript in July 1925 from the London bookseller Ellis and gifted it to Princeton University Library in 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift; of Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
  • Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, pages 328-331
  • Ricci, S. de. Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, volume 1, page 894
Cite as
Garrett MS. 142, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Robert Garrett Collection
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