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The Years 1031-1066 In The Chronicles Of The Kings Of Man And The Isles ('The Manx Chronicle')

The Years 1031-1066 In The Chronicles Of The Kings Of Man And The Isles ('The Manx Chronicle')

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1261

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Julius A VII

Item number: ff.31v-32r

Length: 32

Width: 20.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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This is the unique manuscript of the 'Chronicles Of The Kings Of Man And The Isles', also known as 'The Manx Chronicle'. The original scribe wrote the text from the reign of Canute, in 1016, to the dedication of the Cistercian abbey at Rushen, on the Isle of Man, in 1257, and he also included a list of popes which ends with Pope Urban IV (1261-4). Following the chronicles are other texts relating to the abbey at Rushen. It is therefore probable that the manuscript was written for the new abbey a few years after it was founded. These pages cover the events of 1031-1066 (dated 1013-1047 in the manuscript), including King Canute's foundation of the abbey at Bury St. Edmunds, and his death. The last entry records the death of King Edward the Confessor in 1066, setting the stage for the Norman Conquest.

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