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Chronicle, In A Volume Of Theological Treatises And Martin of Troppau's 'Chronicle Of Popes And Emperors'

Chronicle, In A Volume Of Theological Treatises And Martin of Troppau's 'Chronicle Of Popes And Emperors'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1290

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 A.vii

Item number: f.40v-41r

Length: 21.9

Width: 30.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Martin of Troppau (d. 1278) began his career as a Dominican in Prague, later becoming papal chaplain to three successive popes in Rome. His Chronicle became very popular: in its original form popes were arranged on one page, and the corresponding emperors on the facing page, with 50 lines per page, making it easy to compare papal and imperial history. This manuscript was owned by Bardney Abbey, between Lincoln and Horncastle, and was probably written there.

Each page of this double-page opening has a list of fifty dates down the left-hand edge, from the year 901 (dcccci) to 950 (dccccl). The left-hand page is headed Popes, and the right-hand one Emperors; the first pope mentioned is Benedict IV (d. 903) and the first emperor is Louis III (d.882). Martin's dates do not always correspond with those of modern historians.

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