Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 311: Latin Prose Brut chronicle
Latin and English
ff. 4 + 104 + 2
245 Height (mm) and 175 Width (mm)
[ca. 1475 - 1525]
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Latin prose Brut chronicle
CCCC MS 311 is one of the many manuscripts in the collection that reflects Parker's interest in British history. In this instance the text is a Latin prose Brut chronicle in a late fifteenth- or early sixteenth-century hand that continues the account of events to 1437, and which belongs to the family of extended versions that may have served as a textual model for the Middle English 'Peculiar Version'. John Bale (1495-1563), the historian, mentions that such a text, with the same incipit, was in the possession of one William Carey 'scriba' of Cheapside in the mid-sixteenth century. This provenance is supported by a note on one of the flyleaves mentioning Dr Edward Wotton (d.1555), a renowned physician who seems to have practiced in the Cheapside area of London.