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Fragments of the Prose Chronicle by Guillaume le Breton, late 14th century (c 1380)

Identifier: MS 211/XXXVII

Scope and Contents

These are two leaves from a vernacular French version of the Prose Chronicle, by Guillaume le Breton. The vernacular translation of this chronicle seems to have been unknown until C. Borland's work on this fragment in the early 20th century. Folio 1 starts with 'Puiz vous fis de Garenne Conte' and ends with 'Qui lavoit demande en part'; folio 2 starts with 'Freres le roi qui at eu', and ends with 'Et s'en revint ainsinc delivres'


  • Creation: late 14th century (c 1380)


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


2 folios

Custodial History

On f. 1r-v there are inscriptions that indicate the fragments were in England by the mid- 16th century, as part of the binding, a fly-leaf probably, of a book which belonged to a George Gascoigne.He was probably the famous writer of The Steele Glas, and he presented the book to Thomas Hutton or Hatton at some point. In the 17th century the margins of f. lv were used for jottings by someone using Law French (the book they were attached to was probably a law book), and the book was either bought or sold in 1670 for £1, 15s. Afterwards the leaves were pasted down as end-pieces.

Previous reference

MS 217

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: 'Chronicle.


Previously MS 217. See Borland, C., and Ritchie, R., "Fragments d'une traduction française en vers de la Chronique en prose de Guillaume le Breton", in Romania, 1913, no 165, pp. 1-22.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum


23.20 cm x 31.20 cm

Lines to a page

double columns, 32 lines to a page

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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