Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 167: John Capgrave OESA, Abreuiacion of Chronicles
John Capgrave's Chronicle
English, Middle (1100-1500)
301 Height (mm) and 201 Width (mm)
[ca. 1500 - 1599]
Table of contents:
Abreuiacion of Chronicles
CCCC MS 167 contains a copy of the Abreviacion of Chronicles of John Capgrave OESA (1393-1464). The Abreviacion was completed c. 1462-3 and was, in some senses, an anachronism; the supra-national chronicle or 'world history' having been supplanted by works concentrating on national history. Capgrave's major sources were the Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum of Martin of Troppau (d. 1278) and a lost version of the St Albans chronicle of Thomas of Walsingham OSB (d. 1422). The text in the Corpus manuscript, produced c. 1500, was once thought to have been a copy of the autograph version of the material in Cambridge UL MS Gg.4.12, but it is now thought instead to derive from a lost author's working copy of the Abreviacion. It is not known how this codex came to be in Parker's collection.