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The Years 1228-1237 In The Chronicles Of The Kings Of Man And The Isles ('The Manx Chronicle')

The Years 1228-1237 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.44v-45r

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. The passage emphasised with a red initial 'A', and with a cross drawn in the margin, is the start of an annal which starts 'In the year 1237 on 21 May Olaf, son of Godred and king of Man and the isles, died on St. Patrick's Isle and was buried in St. Mary's Abbey, Rushen.'

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