Chronicon Angliae inrotulatum. manuscript
Title in M. R. James catalogue: Chronicle of the world in roll-form
England, between ca. 1400 and ca. 1450.
1 roll (9 membranes) : parchment, illustrated ; ca. 630 x 34.5 cm.
Parchment roll of 9 membranes containing a descent from Adam to Henry V, headed by a pair of historiated roundels.
On the left is the introduction: "Considerans historie Brituonum. Pictorum. Scottorum. Anglorum. Danorum et Normanorum prolixitatem nec non et difficultatem ... vsque ad Regem nostrum `Henricum post conquestum Normanorum quintum ... "
On the right the text begins "In agro damasceno".
Thereafter notices on either side of a central green bar extend to the coronation of Henry V on 9 April 1413 aged 27.
For the form of the introduction "Considerans ..." in which Henry V is stated to be the first king to be anointed with the holy oil given by the Virgin Mary to St Thomas of Canterbury, see Ker as cited in the references below, noting the similarity with the incipit of Eton College MS 96 and op. cit., v. 2, p. 94.
Events of Christian history are few and confined to the left margin, where the list of archibishops of Canterbury promised in the introduction ends opposite Edward II with Robert (Winchelsey, 1294-1313) and the words "Hic desunt nomina archieposcoporum Cant'".
The Norman dukes from Rollo are also on the left; on the right are Welsh kings from Kambrius, son of Brutus, and the stemma divides at Rodriware.
Of Sweyn it is recorded that St Edmund appeared to him at Bury, said "haue [th]is swayne king to [th]yn eskyng", and pierced his body with a lance.
The dorse is blank.
Script: written in anglicana.
Illustrations: six historiated roundels, the largest 77 mm across, showing: Christ in judgement, sitting on the rainbow, blessing, and Adam and Eve and the serpent at the tree (at the head of the roll), Noah and the Ark, Brutus and his three sons, the Nativity of Christ, and St Thomas of Canterbury with a sword through his mitre.
Illustrations: many other roundels contain shields, those of the Saxon kings represented by red and blue medallions with crowns, orbs and sceptres; those of the Norman dukes bearing the three lions; Constantine bears or, a double-headed eagle sable; Arthur bears azure, three crowns or; from Edward the Confessor, the kings bear individual arms, and shields in 24 roundels show the arms of descendants of Edward I and Edward III.
Initials: 3 initials in blue with red ornament.
Written in England.
A 16th century writer has made some additions suggesting a possible special interest in Wales.
This catalogue record is based on the work of Neil Ker and M.R. James, as cited in the references below.
Ker, N. R.. Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, v. 2 (1977), p. 776-777
James, M. R. A descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts in the library of Eton College (1895),
Not in CMA
Eton College Library, MS 191
Housed in a box.
Chronology, Historical Manuscripts.
Great Britain Kings and rulers Manuscripts.