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Ralph Niger, Chronicum (Creation-1199, continued to 1224 by Ralph of Coggeshall OCist, Chronicon Anglicanum). De expugnatione Terrae Sanctae libellus. De ducibus Normannie(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Radulfus Niger, etc.
Codicology:Vellum, 343 x 247 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (13.5 x 10 in.), ff. 2 + 83, double columns of 60 lines. Cent. xiv, rather roughly but clearly written.
Collation: cover2, 112-712 (wants 12).
Additions:Bound in a double leaf (ff. ir-iiv)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) of a handsomely written Chronicle in English (double columns of 38 lines, cent. xv) with small initials alternately in blue and gold. The first leaf (f. ir)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)begins in a paragraph on the death of Richard I ending: “And ys buried at the brygge of Ebraunde (sc. Pons Ebraldi for Fons Ebraldi) beyonde the see” .
Additions:Coronation of John (f. ir)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College): “In the yere of oure lorde god M. C. iiiixx xix at Westmynester was the Coronacion of Kynge John” .
Additions:The other paragraphs are (f. ir)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College):
Storm of 1202.
Dominican order founded.
Franciscans founded.
Henry III crowned. Death and burial.
Storm of 1221.
iv
Jew in sewer at Tewkesbury, 1258.
1262. Coronation of Edward I. Death and burial.
1307. Coronation of Edward II. Death and burial.
1316. Floods and famine.
1326. Edward III.
1340. Battle of 'Sluse.'
1348. Plague.
1346. Battle of Cressy.
iir
1346. Siege of Calais.
1356. Poitiers.
1361. Wind on St Maur's day. 2nd Plague.
1368. 3rd Plague.
1376. Death of Black Prince.
1377. Death of Edward III.
iir
1382. Earthquake.
1377. Richard II. Coronation, death, burial.
1389. Henry IV. Coronation, death, burial.
1413. Henry V. Coronation, death, burial.
1429. Henry VI. Coronation, death, burial.
1461. Edward IV. Coronation, death, burial.
“How therle of Warwike toke ye kyng Edward prisoner & of his escape afterwarde & fledde into flaundres.
Of his retourne ageyn in to England and made the felde at ...” (end of iiv).
Additions:The text of f. 1r and part of col. 1 of 1v is crossed out. It is part of a gloss on the Epistle of Jude, not written in the strict order of the text.
Foliation: ff. a-b + i + 1-83 + ii + c-d(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin, Middle English and Anglo-Norman.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
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1v-72r
Ralph Niger, Chronicum (Creation-1199, continued to 1224 by Ralph of Coggeshall OCist, Chronicon Anglicanum)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Radulphi Nigri chronicon de vita et actis imperatorum et regum Angliae et Franciae (Content authored by Nasmith)
1v
Rubric:
Incipit prefatio magistri Radulfi Nigri
1v
Incipit:
Etsi succensere sibi neminem conueniat
1v
Explicit:
superflua eius effusione se proluat
1v
Rubric:
Explicit prefatio de prima particula huius cronice
1v
Incipit:
Ab adam usque ad diluuium sunt anni duo milia ccti xliiti secundum lxxti interpretes
On f. 23r after the birth of Prince Henry (1155) is a digression on Justinian
On f. 24r begin short annalistic notes 1065-1202. The entries lengthen to 1224
A note by Bale (?) on f. 28r: “finiunt additiones Cisterciensis monachi de Cogeshal” (i.e. Ralph of Coggeshall)
On f. 28v we go back to 1066 and proceed again to 1224. Ending (of Falco)
71v
Explicit:
Elegit uti terram relinqueret et trans mare
Rad. Coggeshall, Rolls Series, p. 208
71v
Rubric:
Explicit liber de uita et actibus im(per)atorum anglie et francie
The chronicle of Radulfus Niger was edited by Anstruther for the Caxton Society. On it see Hardy II 281, 287, 415, 496, and III 56 etc. This MS. does not seem to be mentioned by him
72r
Verses on chess (28):
Hic fit formosa sine sanguine pungna iocosa
...
Omnis homo matum clamat matum sibi matum
72r
Then on weights: “Li dener deit peiser xx greinz” etc.
Then a parody of a gospel
72r
Rubric:
Sequencia leti euuangelii secundum luc(r)um
72r
Incipit:
In illo tempore. Erat quidam phariseus lucius uoragine princeps potatorum. Et congregatis discipulis suis interrogauit eum unus dicens, Magister dic quid faciam et vitam iocundam possidebo
Ending
72r
Explicit:
quod timet impius eueniet et. letabitur iustus. et merces eius cum eo et opus illius coram ipso est
72r
Rubric:
Credo in bacum patrem omnipotor
72v-83r
Ralph of Coggeshall OCist, Chronicon terrae sanctae et de captis a Saladino Hierosolymis(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Chronicon de terra sancta, seu de captione Hierusalem (Content authored by Nasmith)
72v
Rubric:
(Cronica de terra sancta)
72v
Rubric:
Quantis pressuris et calamitatibus oppressa sit et contrita orientalis ecclesia
After a letter of Saladin to Frederic (f. 82r) ending
83r
Explicit:
suscitatoris progeniei myramkaem
printed in Rad. of Coggeshall, Rolls, p. 209
83r-83v
De ducibus Normannie (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
83r
Rubric:
De ducibus normannie et regibus anglie
83r
Incipit:
Primus normannie dux qui Robertus in baptismo dictus
83v
Explicit:
quo defuncto Iohannes frater eius comes de mortoiy successit ei in regnum anglie qui regnauit xvii annis et v mensibus
83v
Rubric:
Explicit expliceat scriptor ludere eat