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The Years 1165-1187 In The Chronicles Of The Kings Of Man And The Isles ('The Manx Chronicle')

The Years 1165-1187 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.39v-40r

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. These pages include events of importance to the whole Western world, such as the murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral and the capture of Jerusalem by Saladin in 1187. The same pages record events for far more local significance, such as the visit of a papal legate to the Isle of Man, and the marriage of King Godred, conducted by the abbot of Rievaulx.

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