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Detailed record for Royal 14 B V

Title Genealogical roll chronicle of the English Kings
Origin England
Date Last quarter of the 13th century
Language French
Script Gothic
Decoration Genealogical tree consisting of interconnected roundels with portraits of kings in colours and gold, with a circular diagram of the seven kingdoms of Heptarchy, at the beginning. Numerous marginal scenes, isolated human figures, animals and hybrids. Initials in gold with blue pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 3935 x 240
Official foliation Unfoliated roll with pieces of parchment added at the beginning and at the end.
Form Parchment roll
Binding Unbounded
Provenance John Lumley, 1st baron Lumley (b. c .1533, d. 1609), collector and conspirator: probably to be identified with a roll containing the royal genealogy until Edward I listed in the 1609 catalogue of his collection, no. 1444 (The Lumley Library, 1956); passed to Henry, prince of Wales.
Henry Frederick, prince of Wales (b. 1594, d. 1612), eldest child of James I: his collection became part of the Royal Library.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Contains the genealogy of the kings of England from the Heptarchy to Henry III (b. 1207, d. 1272), with a portrait of Edward I as a king (1272-1307), but without portraits of his children.
Select bibliography H. Omont, 'Les manuscrits français des rois d'Angleterre au château de Richmond', in Etudes romanes dédiés à Gaston Paris (Paris: É. Bouillon, 1891), pp. 1-13 (p. 6).

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, p. 176.

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), p. 176.

Diana B. Tyson, 'An Early French Prose History of the Kings of England', Romania, 96 (1975) 1-26 (p. 7) [an edition of the text].

Diana B. Tyson, 'Handlist of Manuscripts Containing the French Prose Brut Chronicle', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 48 (1994), 333-44 (p. 343).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library in association with The British Academy, 2000), H1.17.

Diana B. Tyson, 'The Manuscript Tradition of Old French Prose Brut Rolls', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 55 (2001), 107-18 (p. 107).

Olivier de Laborderie, 'La mémoire des origines Normandes des rois d’Angleterre dans les généalogies en rouleau des XIIIe et XIVe siècles', in La Normandie et l’Angleterre au Moyen Age, Colloque de Crécy-la-Salle (4-7 octobre 2001), ed. by Pierre Bouzet and Véronique Gazeau (Caen : Publications du CRAHM, 2003), pp. 211-36 (pp. 220, n. 25, 223).

Olivier de Laborderie, ''Ligne de reis': Culture historique, représentation du pouvoir royal et construction de la mémoire nationale en Angleterre a travers les généalogies royales en rouleau du milieu du XIIIe siècle au début du XVe siècle' (thèse, Paris EHESS, 2002), pp. 237, 243, 245, 249, 251, 257, 262-24, 282, 481, 533, 681, 729-30, 732, 734, 738, 741, 802.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 117 [exhibition catalogue].

John Spence, Reimagining History in Anglo-Norman Prose Chronicles (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2013), pp. 110, 124.

Olivier de Laborderie, 'The first manuals of English History: Two Late Thirteenth-Century Genealogical Rolls of the Kings of England in the Royal Collection', Electronic British Library Journal (2014), article 4.
Last revised: 05 May 2011


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Man on stilts

Membrane 1
Man on stilts
Heptarchy

Membrane 1
Heptarchy
Egbert

Membrane 1
Egbert
 
Heptarchy

Membrane 1
Heptarchy
King Alured

Membrane 2
King Alured
From Ethelred to Edred

Membrane 2
From Ethelred to Edred
 
Edmund II Ironside

Membrane 3
Edmund II Ironside
From Edwin to the descendants of Edmund II Ironside

Membrane 3
From Edwin to the descendants of Edmund II Ironside
Cnut

Membrane 4
Cnut
 
Rollo and his descendants

Membrane 4 and 5
Rollo and his descendants
From Cnut to Richard I, Duke of Normandy

Membrane 4
From Cnut to Richard I, Duke of Normandy
Henry I

Membrane 5
Henry I
 
From Richard I, Duke of Normandy to Henry II

Membrane 5
From Richard I, Duke of Normandy to Henry II
Henry III

Membrane 6
Henry III
From Henry II to Edward I

Membrane 6
From Henry II to Edward I
 

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