Text name John of Trevisa's Polychronicon File name cmpolych-m3 Manuscript St. John's College H.1 (204), Cambridge Date a1387 Dialect Southern Genre History Edition Lumby, Joseph R. 1876, 1882. Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden, monachi cestrensis, Vols. VI, VIII, English translations of John Trevisa and of an unknown writer of the fifteenth century. Rolls Series 41. London: [publisher unknown]. Sample Book VI, pp. 3-477; Book VIII, pp. 83-111, 347-352 Remarks
John of Trevisa was born in Cornwall. He was a fellow of Exeter College (1362-1369) and Queen's College, Oxford, and then vicar of a parish in Berkeley and a canon in Gloucestershire. He died at Berkely in 1412.
The Polychronicon is a translation of Ranulph (or Ralph) Higden's Latin work of the same name. Trevisa translated it at the direction of Sir Thomas of Berkeley and finished it in 1387. It is a fairly literal translation and only occasionally contains original explanations of the text.
File name CMPOLYCH Text identifier M3 NN HIST TREVISA Text name POLYCHRONICON Author TREVISA JOHN Period M3 Date of original 1350-1420 Date of manuscript 1350-1420 Contemporaneity CONTEMP Dialect SL Verse or prose PROSE Text type HISTORY Relationship to foreign original TRANSL Foreign original LATIN Relationship to spoken language WRITTEN Sex of author MALE Age of author 40-60 Social rank of author PROF Audience description X Participant relationship X Interaction X Setting X Prototypical text category NARR NON-IMAG Sample SAMPLE X