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The Years 1079-1098 In The Chronicles Of The Kings Of Man And The Isles ('The Manx Chronicle')

The Years 1079-1098 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.33v-34r

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 1079 to 1098. One entry is emphasised by having a larger red initial, and by having a marginal sketch of a church. This is the entry for 1098, recording the foundation of the first Cistercian abbey, at Citeaux. The chronicler (doubtless a Cistercian monk himself) notes that in the same year a comet appeared, and that the appearance of a comet often accompanies events of great importance.

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