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The Years 1256-1274 In The Chronicles Of The Kings Of Man And The Isles ('The Manx Chronicle')

The Years 1256-1274 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.49v-50r

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 first two annals (1256 and 1257) on the left-hand page are written by the same scribe as all those which precede them. The lower four annals, however, and those on the facing page, covering the years 1263-1316, are written by several other scribes. The final annal by the original scribe begins 'In the year 1257 St. Mary's church at Rushen was dedicated by the venerable father and lord Richard bishop of Sodor . . .'

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