The Special Collections Department has recently had cataloged a 15th Century bound manuscript titled Brut's Chronicle of England and the destruction of Jerusalem, Vindicta salvatoris in English which includes several Middle English works. The most prominent work is the Chronicle of England which traces the history of England to settlement by Aneas, the founder. The manuscript itself was known within the department and was the source of the publication The ME Prose Translation of Roger D'Arngenteuil's Bible En Francois, Ed. From Cleveland Public Library, MS W q091.92 C468, which was published by Phyllis Moe in 1977. Ms. Moe details the particulars of the manuscript and explains the anomalies characteristic within the text. The full, unique version of the Bible En Francois is found on leaves 77 to 99, which includes the story of Veronica who offer a kerchief or scarf to Jesus as he carries the cross to Golgotha and the impression of his face is recorded on the cloth. The kerchief later heals the stricken and diseased and becomes the cause for conversions to Christianity. Ms. Moe also published details of this in the Cleveland Manuscript W q091.92 C468 and the Veronica Legend and details of the the popular Middle English poem Cur Mundus Militat also found in the manuscript.
This Middle English poem begins, Why is the world loved pat is false and vayne, and serves to remind the reader that life is transitory. The manuscript, which had once belonged to Henry Huck Gibbs, 1st Baron of Aldenham, became part of the John G. White Collection in 1944. To view this manuscript or others in the John G. White Collection, visit the Special Collections Department on the 3rd Floor of the Main Library.