Academic journal article Medium Aevum

An English Chronicle, 1377-1461: A New Edition. Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS 21608, and Oxford Bodleian Library MS Lyell 34

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

An English Chronicle, 1377-1461: A New Edition. Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS 21608, and Oxford Bodleian Library MS Lyell 34

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An English Chronicle, 1377-1461: A New Edition. Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS 21608, and Oxford Bodleian Library MS Lyell 34, ed. William Marx, Medieval Chronicles III (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 7003). cv + 199 pp. ISBN 0-85115-793-9. £45.00. In 1856, J. S. Davies edited a Middle English chronicle for the Camden Society, a text which has been known since as Davies's Chronicle (if only because the manuscript - now Bodleian MS Lyell 34 - was then owned by Davies's father). The current edition is based largely on a better-preserved manuscript in the National Library of Wales. The text survives as a continuation of the Prose Brut chronicle, and William Marx's meticulous introduction and commentary places it in its political and historiographical context, throwing some valuable light on the labyrinthine byways of the Prose Brut tradition. In fact, the chronicle comprises two separate continuations, covering the periods 1377-1437 and 1440-61. The first part, derived partly from another Prose Brut continuation, and partly from the Eulogium historiarum, is found as a continuation in eleven other Brut manuscripts, and takes an interestingly nuanced view of the deposition of Richard II and the establishment of the Lancastrian regime. …

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