The London Provisioner's Chronicle, 1550-1563, by Henry Machyn "emerged from a 1990s seminar on Early Modern English at the University of Michigan". "The Chronicle was one of the treasures of the library of the antiquarian Robert Cotton, and it was stored in the same bookcase with the Beowulf manuscript"; however, after a terrible fire, the majority of the manuscript was badly damaged, charred, and tossed aside. These burnt pages remained unseen until the early nineteenth century when they were finally recovered; this project propels this revitilization into the digital realm. This project archives the surviving manuscript of A London Provisioner's Chronicle as well as provides editorial information on the transcription and modernization of the work for the purposes of this electronic edition.
Digitized manuscript of The Chronicle
Parts of the manuscript was lost to fire, but the blanks have been filled in through advances in humanities research. Enhanced text appears in red. Holding the cursor over a portion of material taken from Strype's transcriptions causes an abbreviation to appear that shows the volume and page of Strype's Ecclesiastical Memorials from which the words have been taken. Occasionally words are completed by inference. Thus, if a part of a word is readable and a part of it is missing, we have completed the word when we have been able to do so with confidence (e.g., "west mynsterha" is completed as west mynsterhall"). These are also marked with red type.
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