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London, British Library, MS Stowe 71
Title:Boke of the Cronycules of the Kings of England
Contents:Chronicles of the Kings of England as far as Henry V. and the siege of Rouen and Normandy. However, the manuscript may be missing some folios at the end.
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

No of Folios:i paper flyleaf + 2 parchment flyleaves with musical score (numbered ff1-2) + 3-84 paper + 2 parchment flyleaves with musical score (numbered ff 85-86 + i paper flyleaf numbered 87.
Pagination:Two lots of fairly modern pencil foliation. The one cancelled did not take into account the two vellum music flyleaves now numbered ff1-2.
Signatures:Traces of ink in bottom right corners of folios after about f60. However there is nothing to be seen clearly.
Catchwords:Regularly throughout in the ink of the manuscript and the hand of the scribe in the middle of the lower margin on the right. All but the last catchword on f74v are enclosed in a parallelogram box drawn by the scribe in the ink of the text. The final quire has no catchword and the text continues for two folios into a new quire giving the impression that the manuscript was perhaps work in progress which was never completed..
Page Size:292 x 209
Frame:No ruling visible apart from on the first folio.
Writing Space:220 x 140
Incipits and Explicits:Each new section or subject copied in red ink within the text.
Title by Scribe:In red ink at the top of f3.
Flourished Initials:Space left for 2-line initials throughout but none entered.
Further Information:Matheson, Prose Brut, 228, who notes that iii and iv, and that v and Rawlinson B.190 are by a similar hand, identifies the group textually; also that Aberystwyth NLW Peniarth 396D and Glasgow Hunterian V.5.14 [or 13?] (443) same group of texts, possibly (?) same workshop.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP