The Oldest Anglo-Norman Prose Brut Chronicle

November 2006
1 black and white illustrations
452 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Medieval Chronicles
ISBN: 9781843832744
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

The Oldest Anglo-Norman Prose Brut Chronicle

Edited by Julia Marvin

First modern text and translation of the prose Brut chronicle, the most popular secular vernacular work of the middle ages.
First composed in Anglo-Norman French around the end of the thirteenth century, the anonymous prose Brut chronicle became the most popular secular vernacular work, and the most widespread Arthurian work, of the later middle ages in England: repeatedly expanded, revised, and translated, it remained influential for centuries. Yet it has been little studied, in part because of the lack of any full modern edition.
This edition of the Oldest Version of the prose Brut, running from the fall of Troy to the death of Henry III in 1272, provides the Anglo-Norman text with facing-page translation and textual apparatus, a comprehensive introduction, and extensive explanatory notes. It makes new contributions, on, for example, the identification and classification of the manuscripts, the identification and analysis of the sources [far more varied and numerous than had been previously recognised], and the probable circumstances of the chronicle's composition. It will enable scholars to make full use of this remarkable resource for the study of Arthurian tradition, contemporary visions of British history, popular thought about society and government in late-medieval England, and the history of reading itself.

Professor JULIA MARVIN teaches at the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

Text and Translation
Explanatory Notes
Textual Notes
Appendix A: The Continuation of Bodleian MS Wood empt. 8
Appendix B: The Continuation of Bodleian MS Douce 120
Index of Persons, Places and Proper Names in the Text


An example of clarity and scholarly rigour. Marvin has given us the definitive edition of a text that will hitherto be on the bibliographies of all students of the historiography and literature of medieval Britain. MEDIUM AEVUM

A serious contribution to the study of the Anglo-Norman Brut translation which specialists in insular French and British history will read and consult to their advantage. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMAN PHILOLOGY

Quite simply, an extraordinarily useful publication. ARTHURIANA

The availability of this text and its critical apparatus should be much appreciated by teachers and scholars of English literature and historiography, and particularly by those interested in the transmission of Arthurian material or in the baronial classes. It is a welcome addition to Boydell's well-received and important Medieval Chronicles series.and will be useable by multiple levels. [...] Makes a valuable and necessary contribution to the growing body of scholarship in English historiography and Anglo-Norman studies. MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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