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  • Shelfmark: R.17.7
  • Manuscript Title: Chronicle of England (abingdon).
  • Simplified Title:   Chronicle, Abingdon
  • James Number: 993  
  • Date: Cent. xiv early.
  • Physical Description: 50 lines to a page. In a large and beautiful hand, with good ornaments.
  • Provenance: From Abingdon Abbey.
  • Religious House:   Abingdon, Berkshire, Benedictine Abbey
  • Donor: Given by Whitgift.
  • Size (inches): 3l.375 x 11
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: 
  • Century: 14th century
  • Folio: 23 ff.
  • Collation:  110 214 (14 canc.).

  • The size and shape of this book are abnormal. They were no doubt determined by the fact that chronicles of the kind herein
    contained were commonly written upon rolls.
    Chronicle, beginning imperfectly:
    cccclxxiiio Hengistus et est quarta uice cum britonibus pugnauerunt.
    On f.3a is the story of the foundation of Abingdon Abbey and of Heanus the first Abbot. After this, allusions to the Abbey are frequent.
    At the top of f.10a under the year 1066 is an initial with gold ground, and a good picture of William seated with crown and sceptre. A Church on R.
    f.10b. William II., crowned, drops arrow and bow, and staggers back. His breast is pierced by an arrow. Tree on R.
    f.11a. Henry I., throned, full-face, with sword.
    f.14a. Stephen, crowned, seated, with empty hands. Church on R.
    f.15a. Henry II., crowned, seated, with hawk on hand.
    f.16b. Richard I., crowned and throned, with sword.
    f.17a. John, crowned and throned, with foliated sceptre.
    f.18b. Henry III., beardless, otherwise like the last.
    f.21b. Edward I., crowned and throned, hands empty. Church on R.
    Ends f.23b
    Mocccijo. Flandrenses deuicerunt francos tribus uicibus in campo etc.
    Propter quod dominus papa primo et secundo ipsum monuit et tandem misit archiepiscopum de nerbon cum coortacione canonica ut errantem reprimeret quem rex uinum fecit humari.
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