The Brut Chronicle (also known as the Prose Chronicle) is a collection of medieval histories of England. It was originally an Anglo-Norman text, but was translated into Latin and also Middle English during the medieval period. The Brut presents a mythical history of England, describing for instance the settlement of England by a son of Aeneas from Troy. The original Anglo-Norman version of the chronicle ends in 1272, but there were many editions, version and extensions composed after that date. The Middle English translation exists today in roughly 184 versions, in almost as many manuscripts.
As part of this tradition of transmission of the Middle English Brut Chronicle, MS 184 is a version of the narrative extended past 1272, to 1427. In comparison to the Anglo-Norman original, and also many of the English versions, MS 184 is very brief, and is best described as a short work based on the Brut narrative.
The chronicle begins on f.1r with the words How this lande was fyrst called Albyon. In the noble lande of Surrey there was a noble kyng called Dyoclesian...
The chronicle ends on f. 25v, in the first years of the reign of King Henry VI: and in the [sixth year] of his
regne was the goode erle of Salysbury slayne atte the sege of Orliaunce with a gonne that was oones of the worthiest knyghtes of the world and was beryed at Burssham.
A fair 15th-century hand. There is a some very simple rubrication on the first letter of sections of text. The first capital on f. 1r is decorated, in red ink.