The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1193
IMEV 727
England is right good I ween it is land best
Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle, A text — in couplets
Note: For the B text, see 1194; for the C text see 1195.
Author(s): Robert of Gloucester
Title(s): Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle
Subjects: chronicles
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 18631, ff. 4-134v
First Lines:
ENgelond is a welgod lond y wene of al londis it is best
It is set in on nend of þe worlde os in þeo north west…
Last Lines:
…Anende aforce wrynge for ȝut he cont mo
Then was that lond in pes with outon dysturbance
Note: 12014 lines; ‘os’ in line 2 is probably a scribal miscopying of ‘al’.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 19677, ff. 1-92v
First Lines:
…Vif hundred & seuene & fourty as me telle can
After kyng arthur hit was & þo was kenryk…
Last Lines:
…Of þe clergie at londone at seynt andrewes fette
A conseil he made & schewede þere þe popes hest
Note: Lines 4684-11813. Single-column format
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 50848, ff. 1-6v
First Lines:
[Mid] humber kynges goude þat me of his londe
[Þo f]onde he þre damesels gent & fair y nou…
Last Lines:
…& flowe to se to hore schipes & of scaped vnneþe
To scotlond hy wende al by water & þere hy gonne aryue
Note: Six leaves only, with equivalent of lines 561-630; 1467-1676; 1817-1955 of London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.XI text; see Hill (1965), 47-9. Corner of first folio is ripped out, presumably to remove an illuminated initial.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.XI, ff. 3-168v
First Lines:
Engelond his a wel god lond ich wene ech londe best
Iset in þe on ende of þe worlde as al in þe west…
Last Lines:
…im þoru out wiþ is suerd & villiche him slou
…at of holichurche me þincþ wiþ vil wou
Note: 12049 lines; and 34 lines copied later from now lost Allen MS.
Attributed Title: Roberti Glocectrensis Historia rhthmis Anglicanis (table of contents, f. 2)
Hearne, Thomas, ed. Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle. Oxford: at the Theatre, 1724; repr. 1810: 465-571 from this MS.
Black, William Henry. “The Life and Martyrdom of Thomas a Becket.” Percy Society 19. London: Richards, 1846: 129-41 (extract).
Stevenson, Joseph, ed. The Church Historians of England. 5 vols. London: Seeleys, 1853: 5(i). 351-81 (extracts: 1500 lines only).
Wright, William Aldis, ed. The Metrical Chronicle of Robert of Gloucestre. 2 vols. Rolls Series 86 (1887): (12046 lines).
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 142-5.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 201, ff. 4-161
First Lines:
Englond ys a wel god lond ich wene of eche lond best
Y set in þe ende of þe world as al in þe west…
Last Lines:
…þat noman bite þe pope one hem asoyly ne myȝte
So þat me huld clerkes þerafter bet to ryȝte
Note: Lines 1-9529 only.
Hearne, Thomas, ed. Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle. Oxford: at the Theatre, 1724; repr. 1810: 1-464 from this MS.
6.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 415 (V.3.13), ff. 1-125
First Lines:
England is a well good londe in the stead best
set in the one ende of the world & renneth west…
Last Lines:
…And thenne out with is Swerd & velliche him slou
And of holichurche me thinke with vil won
Note: Last 26 lines added by another hand.
Attributed Title: Robarte of Glocester his Chronicle (added by later hand, f. 1)

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Lazius, Wolfgang, Vienna Austriae: Rerum Viennensium Commentarij (Basle, 1546): Oxford, Balliol College Library, shelfmark 695.h.6 , (binding fragments)
First Lines:
…at beulu and ir herte ibured is
[ ] and ir gottes at messendlie iwis…
Last Lines:
…Richard eorl of gloucestre þe nexcte ȝer after þis
[ ] twelf hundred ȝer of grace and on and þritti iwis
[ ]Isabel þat þe childes moder was…
Note: Fragments in binding, as partial flyleaves at front and back of volume, equivalent to lines 10700-32, 10764-93, 10824-52, 10884-909 of London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.XI copy.