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Medieval chronicles from and on Utrecht

Medieval chronicles are a classic source for historians. For the Dutch Middle Ages many narrative sources have been described in the repertory by Marijke Carasso-Kok, Repertorium van verhalende historische bronnen uit de middeleeuwen ('s-Gravenhage 1981) [abbreviated Carasso]. She mentions further details and refers to literature. An updated version is under construction at Narrative Sources, the online database for historical sources of the Southern Low Countries. Here follows a survey of mainly 15th-century chronicles on and from Utrecht, using Carasso-Kok's repertory. The order is as follows:

See for later historians, early modern editions and the works of antiquarian writers also:

In 2015 the portal Utrechtse Kronieken has been launched with a digital version and transcriptions of eight chronicles.

Collections outside the Netherlands

Carasso 194 - Anonymus de Arckel, Kroniek van Utrecht en Holland - Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale Albert I, ms. 6045-6054, f. 115r-192r; ms. II 1303, f. 65r-95v.

Carasso 209 - anonymus, Continuatio ad Chronicon Martini Poloni - Giessen, Universitätsbibliothek, ms. 160.

Carasso 229 - [Werner Rolevinck], Fasciculus temporum - Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, ms. lat. 16020.

Carasso 338 - De nominibus et gestibus pontificum Traiectensium - Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale Albert I, mss. 8037-8050, f. 396r-398v - until 1455.

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Dutch collections

Carasso 103 - Aert de Douwer, Kroniek - The Hague, Nationaal Archief, Third Department, ms. 751, f. 56r-59r.

Carasso 121 - Anonieme kroniek - Utrecht, Utrechts Archief (UA), ms. 56, f. 1-99.

Carasso 126 - Die bisscopen van Utrecht - Utrecht, UA, ms. 56, f. 117-144.

Carasso 137 - Cronike van der Duytscher Orden - Utrecht, Archief der Ridderlijke Duitse Orde Balije Utrecht, inv. nr. 181 and 181 bis - kept in the Archive of the Teutonic Knights; the version in Latin has been edited, see under Editions.

Carasso 152 - Gouds kroniekje - many manuscripts exist of the Gouda chronicle (e.g. Utrecht, UB, ms. 1179, 1180); runs until 1477 - incunabula editions: Hier beghint die cronike of die hystorie van Hollant... (Delft, circa. 1480-1484; Leiden1483) and by Petrus Scriverius, Het oude Goutsche Chronycxken... (Amsterdam 1663) 1-129, 130-150.

Carasso 193 - Kroniek van de bisschoppen van Utrecht -  Leiden, Bibliotheek der Universiteit, BPL 76 c., f. 74r-77v - until 1475.

Carasso 195 - Kroniek van het St. Nicolaasklooster, "short version" - Utrecht, UA, Bewaarde Archieven I, inv. nr. 986, vooral f. 5v-13r - the "long" version of this monastic chronicle has been edited, see under Editions.

Carasso 200 - Claes Heynenszoon, Wereldkroniek [World Chronicle]- Leeuwarden, Provinciale Bibliotheek, ms. 282, f. 49r-94r - runs until about 1495 in its continuations; the author, who died in 1414, is much more known as Herald Guelders and Herald Bavaria, for his famous heraldic survey of Europe, his Wapenboek

Carasso 203 - 'Kroniek van Holland, Zeeland, Friesland en Utrecht tot 1514' - Alkmaar, Gemeentearchief, Collectie Aanwinsten, nr. 263 ("Collectanea"), f. 1r-312r.

Carasso 218 - Dirk Pauw, Kroniek - Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek (UB), ms. 1650.

Carasso 228 - [Werner Rolevinck], Fasciculus temporum - The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), ms. 74 J 5.

Carasso 278 - Hendrik van Gouda, Cronica Hollandiae, Zeelandiae et Frisiae - Groningen, UB, ms. 129 (autograph); The Hague, KB, ms. 74 J 46-49 and 74 J 40 are copies by Anthonius Matthaeus.

Carasso 287 - Gerard Suggerode, Chronicon - Utrecht, UB, ms. 10 B 6 - a canon of the Utrecht Salvator chapter, see A.J. van den Hoven van Genderen, De heeren van de Kerk. De kanunniken van Oudmunster te Utrecht in de late middeleeuwen (Zutphen 1997).

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Editions of chronicles

De Utrechtsche jaarboeken van den vijftiende eeuw..., Caspar Burman (ed.) (3 vol., Utrecht 1750-1758) contains excerpts from the Utrecht "Buurspraakboek" (UA, Stad I, inv. nr. 16) during the 15th century, a series of city council decisions, thus not an edition of annales or chronicles. Here first the works mentioned by Carasso-Kok. She indicates also the manuscript sources.

Carasso 137 - Chronicon Equestris Ordinis Teutonici incerti auctoris - in: Veteris aevi analecta, Anthonius Matthaeus (ed.) (first ed. Lugduni Batavorum 1710, vol. 10, 1-284; 2. ed., Hagae Comitum 1738, V, 631-718 - this chronicle is strictly concerned with the Teutonic Knights; Matthaeus (1635-1710) was a law professor in Utrecht and Leiden, see Haitsma Mulier-Van der Lem (see Introduction), no. 328, with a list of the contents of his Veteris aevi analecta (edition 1698-1710) and a concordance to Carasso-Kok.

Carasso 195 - 'Kroniek van het St. Nicolaasklooster te Utrecht', P.J. Vermeulen (ed.), in: Tijdschrift voor oudheden, statistiek... en andere deelen der geschiedenis van... Utrecht 4 (Utrecht 1852) 71-100 - focuses strongly on the St. Nicholas convent in the period 1377-1437 - Utrecht, UB, ms. 1260 (written around 1470).

Carasso 189 - De Tielse kroniek, translated by Jan Kuys a.o. (Amsterdam 1983) - this chronicle from Tiel contains notices on events in Utrecht until 1449.

Carasso 296 - Johannis de Beke, Chronografia, H. Bruch (ed.) (The Hague 1973; Rijks Geschiedkundige Publicatiën (RGP), grote serie, 143) - the most important chronicle of the Northern Netherlands during the 14th and 15th centuries, available also online in PDF format [29,6 MB] at the Institute for Dutch History in The Hague.

Carasso 297 - Cronike van den Stichte van Utrechte ende van Hollant, H. Bruch (ed.) (The Hague 1982; RGP, grote serie, 180) - an important chronicle for the 14th and 15th centuries, a translation and continuation up to 1425-1430 of hisChronografia; this version, too, isdownloadable in PDF-format [39,6 MB].

Carasso 302 - Johannis à Leydis, 'Chronicon Hollandiae comitum et episcoporum Ultraiectensium', in: F. Sweertius, Rerum Belgicarum annales, chronici et historici... (Francofurti ad Moenam 1620) - the only edition of a chronicle by Jan Gerbrandszoon of Leiden, a carmelite, which originally did not end at 1417.

Carasso 315 - [Jan van Veldener], Dit sijn die cronijken van Utrecht..., in: Dat boeck dat men hiet Fasciculus temporum (Utrecht 1480), f. 244r-274v - also in Antonius Matthaeus, Veteris aevi analecta IX (Lugduni Batavorum 1709) 1-79, edition Hagae Comitum 1738, V, 303-522 (in Latin) - runs until 1456.

Carasso 369 - Thomas Basin, De rebus gestis Caroli VII et Ludovici XI historiarum libri XII, J. Quicherat (ed.) (3 vol., Paris 1855-1857); Ch. Samaran (ed. and transl.), Histoire de Charles VII (2 vol., Paris 1933-1944), Ch. Samaran and M.C. Garand (ed. and transl.), Histoire de Louis XI (3 vol., Paris 1963-1972) - this bishop of Lisieux lived after 1477 in exile in Utrecht, see Kaj van Vliet, 'Thomas Basin in Utrecht', Jaarboek Oud-Utrecht 1991, 59-92.

'Dit ist Boec der Ghesciecnissen (1417-1557)', J.J. Dodt van Flensburg (ed.), in: idem (ed.), Archief voor kerkelijke en wereldlijke geschiedenissen, inzonderheid van Utrecht 3 (Utrecht 1843) 1 ff.

Wilhelmus Heda, Historia episcoporum Trajectensium, in: idem, Historia veterum episcoporum Ultraiectinae sedis... (Franequerae 1612) 197-426, also in: Ioannes de Beka... et Wilhelmus Heda... de episcopis Ultraiectinis, Arnoldus Buchelius and Gijsbert Lap van Waveren (eds.) (Ultraiecti 1643) - see Carasso-Kok 297 and Haitsma Mulier-Van der Lem (see the Introduction), no. 214.

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