Galbraith, Vivian Hunter, ed., The Anonimalle Chronicle, 1333-81 (History Series, 45. Manchester: Publications of the University of Manchester )
Text name(s): Anonimalle Chronicle; Brut
Number of pages of primary source text: 156
Dates: 1350 - 1400
Archival Reference: Leeds University Brotherton MS 29
- Original language included.
- British Isles
- Chronicle, Annals
- Nobility / Gentry
- War - Military History
The popular medieval chronicle known as the Brut records English history from the arrival of Brutus to 1333. This edition includes the Anonimalle Chronicle’s continuation of the Brut from 1334-1381. The years 1334-46 appear to be a literal translation of a Latin Minorite chronicle — the source for the Chronicon de Lanercost. For the years 1346-76, the Anonimalle scribe appears to be following a northern continuation of the Polychronicon. The final years, from 1376-81 also appear to be copied from another source, but one that is unknown. The chronicle’s most original portions belong to the years 1376-77, especially the Good Parliament, as well as descriptions of the Parliament of Gloucester, and the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. The text is valuable for its great details and is found in a unique manuscript (Leeds Univ. Brotherton MS 29). This edition includes an appendix of extracts from the Ingilby MS (a portion of which appears in the margins of the Anonimalle Chronicle), an index, extensive notes, and two facsimiles from the MS.
Galbraith’s introduction (32 pages) describes the edition’s source text and editorial practice, as well as the Abbey of St. Mary’s, York, where the chronicle is believed to have been written. Of note is Galbraith’s description of language usage at St. Mary’s.