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Manuscript on parchment and paper of 1) Grantz Geantz, an Anglo-Norman poem (13th or 14th century) explaining the origin of the Giants that occupied England before the arrival of Brutus and the Trojans, transcribed as prose, in most manuscripts serving as a Prologue to the Roman de Brut (art. 3). 2) A Latin summary of art. 1, ending on a note on the contents of the beginning of the Roman de Brut (art. 3). It is found in many manuscripts between Grantz Geantz and Brut. 3) Roman de Brut in Anglo-Norman prose, of which various versions exist. A chronicle of England from Aeneas to King Edward II (1307-1327). 4) Sequence to the Roman de Brut, dealing with the reign of King Edward III (1327-1377). 5) Unidentified poem in English on the countries and peoples of Asia, Africa and Europe. 6) Account of the relations between Church and State under popes Gregory VII (1073-1085) and Alexander III (1159-1181), and especially of the conflict between King Henry II of England (1154-1189) and Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. The last event recorded is the short-lived reconciliation between King and Archbishop made in 1170. Maybe the continuation was written on the leaf missing after f. 203. Heavily trimmed. Copied by two hands: Section I is in Gothica Cursiva Antiquior Libraria (Anglicana); Section II, including the explicit formula of art. 3 on f. 118v, is in Gothica Cursiva Libraria (Secretary).
Henry J. Drury (1778-1841, note on f. Ir); the greater part of his collection was sold in 1827. Collection of Norman Holmes Pearson, Yale 1932, MS 272. Bequest of Norman Holmes Pearson, 1976.
In Anglo-Norman, English, and Latin.
The decoration of Section I consists of 2- or 3-line flourished initials, blue with red penwork. On ff. 1r and 5r (artt. 1 and 3) 5-line flourished initials in the same colours. In Section II art. 4 is decorated with 2-line flourished initials in the same colours but of a different style, with marginal extensions; at the beginning (f. 119r) a 3-line flourished initial in gold with purple penwork; in art. 4 also red headings and red or blue paragraph-marks. Artt. 4-5 are undecorated.
Binding: Twentieth-century by C. Lewis (note on f. Ir): dark blue velvet. On the spine the 19th-century brown leather title-label has been pasted with the gold-tooled inscription: LES VEULZ CRONIKES D'ANGLETRE APPELLEZ LE BRUTE - PLUSEURS AUTRES NOUELLES CRONIKES - MS. IN MEMBRANIS. At the bottom of the spine small paper label with printed number 3338. Gilt edges.
Cataloged from microfilm by Albert Derolez.
Roman de Brut. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Diana B. Tyson, Handlist of Manuscripts containing the French Prose Brut Chronicle, Scriptorium, 48 (1994), pp. 333-344 (mention on p. 339). R 03.06.08.
ff. i + i + 203 + i + i : parchment and paper ; 215 x 145 mm.
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