Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 173

This article contains information about the origins and travel through history of CCCC MS 173. It is generally believed to be the oldest surviving copy of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, dated to the 11th century.

The CCCC MS 173 is also known as:
The Parker Manuscript,
The Parker Chronicle,
The A-Version,
The Winchester Chronicle.

When and where these names were first attributed to it is still unknown to me.

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Contents

There are five booklets which have been bound together to form CCCC MS 173. Read more about the contents here.

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Provenance

The provenance of CCCC MS 173 is still being investigated. It appears out of obscurity while in the possession of Dr. Wotton. Read more about the provenance here.

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Paleography

There are some details about how it was dated paleographically in Parkes [6] starting on page 153.

“The hands were dated as follows by Dr G. F. Warner (l. c. p. xxvii note). Nos. 1-6 900-930; no. 7 cir. 930; no. 8 cir. 960; no. 10 cir. 1000; no. 11 cir. 1075.” – [7]

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References:

[1] – https://parker.stanford.edu/parker/catalog/wp146tq7625

[2] – https://archive.org/details/sourcesofarchbis00jamerich/page/n7/mode/1up

[3] – WRIGHT, C. E. “THE DISPERSAL OF THE MONASTIC LIBRARIES AND THE BEGINNINGS OF ANGLO-SAXON STUDIES: MATTHEW PARKER AND HIS CIRCLE: A PRELIMINARY STUDY.” Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, vol. 1, no. 3, 1951, pp. 208–237. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41337126. Accessed 11 June 2020.

[4] – PAGE, R. I. “THE PARKER REGISTER AND MATTHEW PARKER’S ANGLO-SAXON MANUSCRIPTS.” Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, vol. 8, no. 1, 1981, pp. 1–17. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41154594. Accessed 11 June 2020.

[5] – Sparks, Nicholas A. “Finding Matthew Parker in Manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.” The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 108, no. 1, 2014, pp. 107–111. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/680837. Accessed 11 June 2020.

[6] – PARKES, M. B. “The Palaeography of the Parker Manuscript of the ‘Chronicle’, Laws and Sedulius, and Historiography at Winchester in the Late Ninth and Tenth Centuries.” Anglo-Saxon England, vol. 5, 1976, pp. 149–171. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/44510673. Accessed 11 June 2020.

[7] – https://stacks.stanford.edu/file/druid:yf997gt4211/MS_173.pdf

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