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Chronological table for 1244 to 1295, in the Chronicle of the Abbey of Hailes

Chronological table for 1244 to 1295, in the Chronicle of the Abbey of Hailes

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1319

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Cleopatra D III

Item number: f.73r

Length: 25.5

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Bound with a collection of histories and documents relating to the Cistercian Abbey of Hailes, in Gloucestershire, the Chronicle of Hailes covers the period from Brutus--the Brut of medieval literature, a Breton who founded the kingdom of the Britains--to 1314, during the reign of King Edward II. The Chronicle of Hailes is followed by a chronological table which was intended to give events in the reigns of kings and dates of Easter, but the Easter dates were left out for most of the pages. This page has the years 1244-1295, and the historical entries have become more extended as it had become a record of recent events. The contemporary king, Edward I, is mentioned in the lower part of the right column. The writing of tables for calculating the dates of Easter over a range of years, a practice dating at least to the times of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, was a step toward compilation of annals and chronicles such as this one.

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