Of Briteyne, otherwise callede Englonde. Capitulum tri|cesimum nonum.
AFTER the yles of the occean hit pleasethe vs to describe [folio 59a] Briteyne, for cause of whom this presente story and cronicle was compilede. Where hit schalle be seide firste of the diuersite of names of that yle. In the secunde of the site of hit and dimencion. In the thrydde of the prerogatiues of hit to be extollede. In the iiijthe of meruayles in hit to be hade in wondre. In the vthe of the principalle partes in hit. In the vjthe of yles colateralle to hit. In the vijthe of the kynges hye weyes. In the viijthe of famose floodes. In the ixthe of olde cites. In the xthe of prouinces and of schires. In the xjthe of lawes and of the hard wordes of hit. In the xijthe of the realmes and of the merkes of theyme. Page 5, vol.2 In the xiijthe chapitre of byschopryches, and of the setes of þeim. In the xiiijthe of how mony, what peple, and when that londe was inhabite. In the xvthe of the lan|gage of the inhabitatores of hit, and of the maneres of theyme. Of diuersite of names of the yle of Briteyne.*. [This is marked cap. xl. in Harl. MS.; but the capitulation is here and elsewhere brought into agree|ment with the Latin text.] That yle was callede firste Albion, of white hylles ap|perenge a ferre abowte the brynkes of the see. And at the laste hit was callede Briteyne by Brute gettenge hit. After that hit was callede Englonde of the Saxones other Englishe men conquirenge hit. Other elles hit was callede Anglia, of Angela qwene and doȝhter of the nowble duke of Saxones, whiche hade that londe in possession by mony yeres. Other elles, after Ysoder, Ethi., xvo lio, Anglia, whiche is callede Englonde, toke the name of hit of an angle of the worlde: other elles, after Bede in his firste booke, blessede Gregory seenge childer of Englonde to be sette furthe to be solde at Rome seide: Now truly thei may be callede Englishe men (Angells or Angellysmen),*. [The words in a parenthesis are inserted in a later hand.] for the Page 7, vol.2 chere of theyme dothe ȝiffe grete resplendence lyke to an angelle; for the nobilite of the londe schewethe in the siȝhte of the childre. That londe of Englonde is callede as that other worlde, whom Grete Charles the kynge [folio 59b] callede his chambre for þe habundaunce of plente of alle goode thynges. Solinus. For the costes of Fraunce scholde be as an ende of the worlde, but that Briteyne deseruethe allemoste the name of an other worlde. Alfr. That londe of Englonde is callede an yle, in that hit is trowblede ofte with waters and with þe incurses of enmyes.