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Childs, Wendy R.; Taylor, John, ed. and trans., The Anonimalle Chronicle, 1307 to 1334, from Brotherton Collection MS 29 (Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 147)

Text name(s): Anonimalle Chronicle

Number of pages of primary source text: 90

Author(s): 

    Dates: 1307 - 1334

    Archival Reference: Leeds, Brotherton Library MS 29

    Original Language(s): 

    • Anglo-Norman

    Translation: 

    • Translated into English.
    • Original language included.

    Translation Comments: Facing page translation.

    Geopolitical Region(s): 

    • British Isles
    • England
    • Scotland

    County/Region: York; Yorkshire; Northern England

    Record Types: 

    • Chronicle, Annals

    Subject Headings: 

    • War - Military History
    • Historiography
    • Diplomacy
    • Peasants
    • Towns / Cities
    • Royalty / Monarchs
    • Nobility / Gentry
    • Women / Gender

    Apparatus: 

    • Index
    • Appendix
    • Introduction

    Comments: 

    The Anonimalle Chronicle, which survives in many manuscripts, was an Old French or Anglo-Norman prose chronicle beginning with a Brut or legendary history of the founding of Britain and continuing into the fourteenth century. It was augmented in stages over many years, resulting in two different versions of the section covering the fourteenth century: the short and long continuations. This edition gives the short continuation, which is considered more factual and based on first-hand and documentary sources. The most extensive and earliest manuscript copy, on which this edition is based, was probably written at the Benedictine monastery of St. Mary’s, York, and often includes details of Northern or Yorkshire history. The chronicle’s compiler also seems to have had an interest in London and often cites London documents. Covering the early fourteenth century, the chronicle details the wars and political upheavals of the reigns of Edward II and III, including the rebellion of the barons under Edward II, his war with Scotland, the invasion of his queen Isabella, his eventual deposition, and the ascension of Edward III. This edition includes an index of personal names (12 pp.) as well as four brief appendices: the chronicle’s use as a source by contemporary historians (4 pp.), a chronological re-ordering of one of the more confused sections of the chronicle (2 pp.), and comparative tables of the Scots named in the battle of Halidon Hill in several chronicles (8 pp.). The rest of the Anonimalle Chronicle has been edited by V. H. Galbraith, The Anonimalle Chronicle, 1333 to 1381 (See alternate entry. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1927).

    Introduction Summary: 

    The extensive introduction (61 pp.) is mostly concerned with summarizing the events of the chronicle and assessing its value at various points as an historical source, pointing out where it differs from other chronicles and where it provides unique information. The editors also establish the chronicle in its context through a discussion of history-writing at St. Mary’s and in Yorkshire in general, finding no real precedent for a project of the Anonimalle Chronicle’s scope, and in an outline of the political events of Edward II and III’s reigns.

    Cataloger: EGK

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