Text name Capgrave's Chronicle File name cmcapchr-m4 Manuscript University Library Gg.IV.12, Cambridge Date a1464 Dialect East Midlands (Lynn, Norfolk) Genre History Edition Lucas, Peter J. 1983. John Capgrave's Abbreuiacion of cronicles. EETS O.S. 285. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Sample Pp. 32-160, 209-217, 238-249 Remarks
John Capgrave was born in 1393, probably at Lynn, Norfolk, where he died in 1464. He was ordained a priest in 1416/17 and studied theology in London (1417-1422) and Cambridge (1422-1427). He became an Augustinian friar.
The Chronicle manuscript is a holograph which was probably completed in 1462 or 1463, just before his death. The two major sources he used are the Chronicon Pontificum et Imperatorum of Martinus Polonus, and the St. Alban's Chronicle of Thomas Walsingham. Capgrave's English reflects little direct influence from his Latin sources, but there are a few constructions, such as absolutes, that have been taken over directly.
The Sermon was preached in 1422, but written down later. The manuscript is apparently a holograph.
File name CMCAPCHR Text identifier M4 NN HIST CAPCHR Text name CHRON CAPGRAVE Author CAPGRAVE JOHN Period M4 Date of original 1420-1500 Date of manuscript 1420-1500 Contemporaneity SAME Dialect EML Verse or prose PROSE Text type HISTORY Relationship to foreign original X Foreign original X Relationship to spoken language WRITTEN Sex of author MALE Age of author 60- Social rank of author PROF Audience description X Participant relationship X Interaction X Setting X Prototypical text category NARR NON-IMAG Sample SAMPLE X