The Prose Brut and Other Late Medieval Chronicles

March 2016
11 black and white illustrations
272 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Manuscript Culture in the British Isles
ISBN: 9781903153666
Format: Hardback
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York Medieval Press

The Prose Brut and Other Late Medieval Chronicles

Books have their Histories. Essays in Honour of Lister M. Matheson

Edited by Jaclyn Rajsic, Erik Kooper, Dominique Hoche

Essays on the medieval chronicle tradition, shedding light on history writing, manuscript studies and the history of the book, and the post-medieval reception of such texts.
The histories of chronicles composed in England during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and onwards, with a focus on texts belonging to or engaging with the Prose Brut tradition, are the focus of this volume. The contributors examine the composition, dissemination and reception of historical texts written in Anglo-Norman, Latin and English, including the Prose Brut chronicle (c. 1300 and later), Castleford's Chronicle (c. 1327), and Nicholas Trevet's Les Cronicles (c. 1334), looking at questions of the processes of writing, rewriting, printing and editing history. They cross traditional boundaries of subject and period, taking multi-disciplinary approaches to their studies in order to underscore the (shifting) historical, social and political contexts in which medieval English chronicles were used and read from the fourteenth century through to the present day.
As such, the volume honours the pioneering work of the late Professor Lister M. Matheson, whose research in this area demonstrated that a full understanding of medieval historical literature demands attention to both the content of the works in question and to the material circumstances of producing those works.

Jaclyn Rajsic is a Lecturer in Medieval Literature in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London; Erik Kooper taught Old and Middle English at Utrecht University; until his retirement in 2007; Dominique Hoche is an Associate Professor at West Liberty University in West Virginia.

Contributors: Elizabeth J. Bryan, Caroline D. Eckhardt, A.S.G. Edwards, Dan Embree, Alexander L. Kaufman, Edward Donald Kennedy, Erik Kooper, Julia Marvin, William Marx, Krista A. Murchison, Heather Pagan, Jaclyn Rajsic, Christine M. Rose, Neil Weijer

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Table of Contents

Curriculum Vitae of Lister M. Matheson
A Memoir: The Whole Haggis: Lessons From the Work of Lister M. Matheson - Julia Marvin
Piety, Community and Local History: Le Livere de Reis de Engleterre and its Context in Cambridge, Trinity College, MS R.14.7 - Krista A. Murchison
The Seen and the Unseen: Miracles, Marvels and Portents in the Middle English Chronicle of Nicholas Trevet - Christine Rose
'And Many O_er Diuerse Tokens...': Portents and Wonders in 'Warkworth's' Chronicle - Alexander L. Kaufman
The Lawyer and the Herald - Dan Embree
Longleat House MS 55: An Unacknowledged Brut Manuscript? - E S Kooper
Peculiar Versions of the Middle English Prose Brut and Textual Archaeology - William Marx
The English Prose Brut Chronicle on a Roll: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 546 and its History - Jaclyn Rajsic
Re-Printing or Remaking? The Early Printed Editions of the Chronicles of England - Neil Weijer
Trevet's Les Cronicles: Manuscripts, Owners and Readers - Heather Pagan
Matthew Parker and the Middle English Prose Brut - Elizabeth Bryan
Thomas Hearne and English Chronicles - Edward Donald Kennedy
The Manuscript of Castleford's Chronicle: Its History and its Scribes - Caroline Eckhardt
Bruts for Sale - A S G Edwards
Tabula in Memoriam


A solid and absorbing volume, full of information, and essential for all researchers on the English medieval Chronicle. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

Opens up new avenues for scholarship that are rich with opportunity, but it also shows how much work remains incomplete in the study of medieval chronicles and their manuscripts. CERAE

The volume usefully brings together several threads of scholarship on the Prose Brut and on medieval chronicles, with chapters providing varied approaches and offering a great deal of new evidence about the manuscripts ... The chapters in this volume stand as testimony to the influence of Matheson's work and do credit to his memory. The volume is indispensable to scholars with an interest in the Prose Brut and in late medieval English chronicles. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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