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Detailed record for King's 395

Title Biblical and genealogical chronicle from Adam and Eve to Edward VI (the Longer English genealogical chronicle of the kings of England)
Origin England, S. E. (London or Westminster)
Date c. 1511 with additions before 1553
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 small miniature, in colours and gold (f. 2). Numerous small medallions containing portrait busts, some with biblical scenes, on every folio, in colours and gold. Diagrams, in colours and gold (ff. 2v (x2), 6, 17). 1 large foliate initial with a three-sided foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 1v-2). 2 large initials, in gold on coloured grounds, with brown pen-flourishing extending into the margins (f. 1v). Small initials in blue with red pen-flourishing or in red with brown pen-flourishing. Line-fillers in red and/or blue.
Dimensions in mm 435 x 310
Official foliation ff. 34 (+ 3 medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 5 ruled medieval parchment flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Brown leather, with heraldic panel (arms, flower and motto), the same as that of HE. 9 in J. Basil Oldham, Blind Panels of English Binders (Cambridge: University Press, 1958), p. 23, pl. XVII; mounted on pasteboards and rebacked.
Provenance The text of the chronicle ends with Richard III (f. 33). The pictorial genealogy continues to Henry VIII in the same scribal and artistic hand, including Catherine of Aragon, Mary, and Henry (obit), the infant prince who died in 1511. Henry VIII’s subsequent wives and offspring were added to the genealogy later by a different artist and scribe, ending with Edward VI, presumably his death in 1553.
King George III (b. 1738, d. 1820).
Given to the British Museum by King George IV in 1823 as part of the library of King George III.
Select bibliography 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), III: Description of the King’s Manuscripts and Indexes to both Collections, p. 65.

Sydney Anglo, ‘The British History in Early Tudor Propaganda', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 44 (1961), 17-48 (pp. 25, 26 n. 1).

Albinia de la Mare, Catalogue of the Collection of Medieval Manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian Library, Oxford, by James P. R. Lyell, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971), p. 83.

Edward Donald Kennedy, XII: Chronicles and Other Historical Writing, A Manual of the Writings in Middle English 1050-1500, ed. by Albert E. Hartung, 8 (New Haven: Archon Books, 1989), p. 2889.


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Creation of Eve

ff. 1v-2
Creation of Eve
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f. 1v
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f. 2
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Old Testament genealogy

ff. 2v-3
Old Testament genealogy
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f. 2v
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f. 3
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Genealogy of the kings of England

ff. 32v-33
Genealogy of the kings of England
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f. 32v
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f. 33
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