Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England
MS 173

Cambridge Corpus MS 173 is one of the most-discussed manuscripts in early English studies. This is mainly because it contains one of the oldest versions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and it was continuously maintained from the original compilation in the 890s to the late eleventh century – it was a so-called ‘live’ manuscript. MS 173 also contains the earliest surviving record of English royal legislation, occupying ff. 33r-52v. The laws were most likely added to the Chronicle around the 930s. The manuscript was at Christ Church, Canterbury, by c. 1070, but was originally produced in Winchester.

A fuller description of this manuscript is available at The Use and Production of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220 website.