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Bury St Edmunds Chronicle(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Chronicon Buriense
Codicology:Vellum, 280 x 190 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (11 x 7.5 in.), ff. 103, 34 lines to a page. Cent. xv, very well written. There is a quantity of unusual and pretty pen-work, in pink and green, on the margins of the earlier leaves.
Collation: a8 b8 (wants 8) | c8-n8 .
Provenance:The book is doubtless from Bury St Edmunds. On f. 1r is the pressmark E. 43.1 A long life of St Edmund is in the text, and there are notes relating to the Abbey at the end.
Research:The “Cronica que liber Regius appellatur” is referred to in Flete's History of Westminster Abbey (see MS 287. 3)2 (but the passage cited by him is not in the text of this MS.) with the note “Cronica Regia ideo dicitur quia Rex Richardus secundus eam scribi fecit a monacho quodam cenobii S. Edmundi de Burye.” I think it possible that the present MS. contains a shortened text of this Chronica Regia.
Foliation: ff. i-iv + 1-103 + v-viii(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
1r-15v
Bury St Edmunds Chronicle (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Chronicon Buriense
1r
Chronicle of the Popes (to Gregory IX, 1370), extracted from another Chronicle
1r
Incipit:
Petrus fuit primus papa post Iesum Christum quo anno Petrus apud Romam duos ordinauit
1r
There is a good blue initial and within it an outline drawing of Peter, throned as Pope, holding keys and book: outside, on L., is St Paul
3r
Rubric:
Explicit de libro quarto
3r
Rubric:
Incipit de libro quinto
(Capitulum I.)
3r
Incipit:
Hillarius post leonem successit
5v
Rubric:
Explicit de libro iiiito
5v
Rubric:
Incipit de libro vto (sic)
(Capitulum 2.)
5v
Incipit:
Martinus papa post Iohannem
8v
Rubric:
Explicit de libro sexto
8v
Rubric:
Incipit de libro septimo
8v
Incipit:
Hildebrandus qui et Gregorius viius
Ends (Capitulum 46)
12v
Explicit:
Gregorius undecimus diaconus cardinalis prius Petrus Rogeri nuncupatus
ff. 13r-15v blank
2.
16r-100r
Chronicle of England (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
16r
Rubric:
Incipit historia de Bruto Rege Britonum cum aliis Regibus Anglie linealiter ab eo descendentibus usque ad Regem Ricardum secundum qui presentem fecit compilari historiam anno. Regni sui quarto decimo
16r
The initial has a seated king, crowned and robed, with shield and bannered lance, in the same style as the other figured initial
16r
Incipit:
De Patre istius Bruti historie videntur dissonare. nam Britonum historia dicit istum brutum fuisse filium Siluii
There are marginal references (not consecutive) to chapters of a work unnamed
34r
The account of St Edmund occupies ff. 34r-42v. It has a large coloured initial and begins
34r
Incipit:
Sanctus Edmundus Alkamundi Regis Saxonie et Siware Regine filius anno ab incarnatione domini (bis) dcccxlio
The last event recorded is Bishop Bateman's attempt on the privileges of St Edmund (1344) and his death, with miraculous signs accompanying. This ends:
42v
Explicit:
cotidie magnifice operatur in suo martire glorioso
An account of St Edwold follows:
42v
Incipit:
Postquam autem beatissimus rex Edmundus mutauit per triumphum martirii
Ends f. 100r with accession of Richard II
100r
Explicit:
ac etiam voto communi singulorum in regnum successit Anglorum anno etatis sue undecimo
ff. 100v-102r blank
On f. 102v a note on the old round chapel of St Edmund at Bury. This note also occurs in the MS. Arundel xxx at the College of Arms. See my Essays on the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, C. A. S., p. 188
102v
Incipit:
Anno domini mlo ccmo lxxvo deposita est capella rotunda in cimiterio monachorum in qua corpus Sancti Edmundi primo iacuit ante translacionem suam
102v
Explicit:
ex parte australi ubi nunc est capella Sancti Botulphi et ortus feretrariorum
103r
Pensio scolarium.
In primis de feretrariis ad festum S. Michaelis iiis vid
Item de diuersis fratribus ad fest. S. Andree xxiis
Item(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) de celerario pro Abbate Will. xviijd
Item(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) pro Will. Rowham xiid
...
Item(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) pro priore Joh. Gofford xxd
Item(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) de Camerario pro Edo Bokynham xiiiid
Item(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) pro henr. de stablys iiiijd
Item(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) de manerio de hesete ad fest. purif. xxd
...
Item(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) de thoma munchesey xiid
Item(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) de sacrista pro Abb. Will. cratfeld iiis iiijd
...
Item(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) de magistro cripte xd
etc.
No other proper names occur
1  It is not easy to see why this pressmark was given to this book. The letters of the pressmarks of Bury uniformly corresponded to the subjects of the books (e.g. B for Biblia): also, there is another extant volume marked E. 43 (viz. Lambeth MS. 218, Epistolae Alcuini). The proper letter for the present volume is C (=Chronica).
2  See the edition by Dr J. Armitage Robinson, Dean of Westminster, 1909, p. 3.