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'Chronicle of the Six Ages of the World' by Ado of Vienne and a Chronology

'Chronicle of the Six Ages of the World' by Ado of Vienne and a Chronology

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1170

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 A.xxiii

Item number: f.94v

Length: 26

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Medieval monks kept manuscripts of historical texts and treatises because they were keepers of records and also because one of their duties was to understand the history of God and human beings. For this reason, most of the historical texts they had gave an account of history within the framework of Biblical events. This manuscript, which belonged to the monastery of St Augustine, Canterbury, contains a 'chronicle' of world history along with other material pertaining to emperors and the early medieval French kings.

On this page, the 'Chronicle of the Six Ages of the World' by Ado of Vienne (9th century) ends. It is followed by a list which gives the numbers of years from creation to the founding of Rome and other historical events. The note in the left margin is a correction to the Chronicle, its place in the highlighted line of text indicated by the dot within a curving V-shape.

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