Dickinson, J. C., ed. and Ricketts, P. T., ed., The Anglo-Norman Chronicle of Wigmore Abbey (Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, 39, pp. 413-46) Read this source online
Text name(s): The Anglo-Norman Chronicle of Wigmore Abbey; The Chronicle of Wigmore Abbey
Number of pages of primary source text: 22
Dates: 1300 - 1400
Archival Reference: University of Chicago MS 224
- Original language included.
- British Isles
- Chronicle, Annals
- Family / Children
- Piety - Lay
- Religion - Institutional Church
- Royalty / Monarchs
- Nobility / Gentry
Wigmore Abbey in Herefordshire was founded by Hugh de Mortimer in 1179. The Abbey’s Chronicles describe its foundation and attempt to locate the Mortimer family within English royalty, beginning with Brutus. The portion of the Wigmore chronicles represented in this text pertains particularly to the Mortimer family’s original foundation and genealogy. This portion was likely composed around 1385 when Roger Mortimer was declared successor to Richard II by parliament. The text may have been composed under the direction of John Othelake who was appointed March Herald by Edmund Mortimer, the third Earl of March.
The introduction (6 pages) gives an overview of Wigmore Abbey, describes the chronicle, the Chicago manuscript, and the editors’ textual practices.