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Marginal Drolleries, In Martin Of Troppau's 'Chronicle Of Roman Emperors And Popes' f.29r

Marginal Drolleries, In Martin Of Troppau's 'Chronicle Of Roman Emperors And Popes' f.29r

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1300

Shelfmark: Royal MS 14 C.i

Item number: f.29r

Length: 32.5

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Martin Of Troppau (d. 1278; Troppau is now called Oppava, in the Czech Republic) joined the Dominican Order in Prague, and because the Dominicans belonged to the Polish province of the order, he was usually known as Martinus Polonus. He later served the popes in Rome. He wrote the first version of this text in 1265-8, a second soon after, and a third in 1277. This copy was formerly part of another manuscript which was given in the early 14th century to Norwich Cathedral priory, and its decoration relates to the 'East Anglian' school of manuscript illumination. This chronicle on this page starts with the birth of Christ. In the margin are a bishop with the backside of an ass, and other hybrid creatures.

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