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The Years 1066-1079 In The Years In The Chronicles Of The Kings Of Man And The Isles ('The Manx Chronicle')

The Years 1066-1079 In The Years 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.32v-33r

Length: 32

Width: 20.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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. On these pages are related the events of 1066 to 1079 (dated 1047-156 in the manuscript), starting with the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and continuing with the victory of William the Conqueror over Harold at the Battle of Hastings. Most of the text on these pages, however, is concerned with the conquest of the Isle of Man by Godred Crovan in 1079, and this long entry is emphasised by an enlarged red initial.

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