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Detailed record for Royal 13 A XIV

Author Gerald of Wales
Title Topographia Hiberniae, Expugnatio Hibernica (see notes for complete list)
Origin Ireland
Date Last quarter of the 13th century, or 1st quarter of the fourteenth century
Language Latin and French
Script Gothic, written below top line
Scribe Written by several hands
Decoration Puzzle initials in red and blue (ff. 10v, 14), 1 with pen-flourishing in black (f. 198). Initials and paraphs in red or blue. 1 initial in red with green pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 175 (185 x 125)
Official foliation ff. 279 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end, f. 1 is a modern paper flyleaf and f. 279 is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Added part of the text of Richard Wethershed's Summa, written on an inserted quire, 1st half of the 14th century (ff. 177-186).
Added poem 'Golias de coniuge non ducenda', 14th century (f. 197r-197v).
The Dominican convent, Limerick: inscribed 'Iste liber c[on]stat c[on]ventu p[re]dicatorum lum[er]ici et si q[ui]d alienav[eri]t anathe[ma] sit', 15th century (f. 10v).
Added rental of the lordship of the abbey of the Augustinian Canons, Clare (founded by Donal Mor O'Brien in 1189 and confirmed in 1461), inscribed 'adjoynynge to the abbey of Clare or appartaynynge', 15th century (f. 117).
Inscribed 'Conor Thomond' perhaps to be identified with Connor O'Brien (b. c. 1534, d. 1581), 3rd earl of Thomond, with some accounts, 16th century (f. 279).
Henry Fitzalan, 12th earl of Arundel (b. 1512, d. 1580), magnate: inscribed with his name (f. 2).
John Lumley, 1st baron Lumley (b. c. 1533, d. 1609), collector and conspirator, son-in-law of Henry Fitzalan,12th earl of Arundel, inscribed with his name (f. 2); listed in the 1609 catalogue of his collection, no 1159 (see The Lumley Library, 1956); added titles corresponding to the entry in the Lumley Library catalogue (ff. 1v, 106v, 107v, 117v, 130, 195, 217v, 243v); passed to Henry, prince of Wales.
Henry Frederick, prince of Wales (b. 1594, d. 1612), eldest child of James I: his collection became part of the Royal Library; included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 8v, and in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697'), no. 8513).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes:
The first statute of Westminster of Edward I, king of England, in French (ff. 2-10);
Gerald of Wales, Topographia Hybernica, followed by a table of capitula, letter to Henry II, king of England, and a text beginning, 'Hybernia post Britanniam insularum maxima' (ff. 10v-58v);
Gerald of Wales, Expugnacio Hybernica, followed by table of capitula, letter to Richard, count of Poitou, beginning 'A [multis] requisitus et multociens', and the revised version of the dedication to King John of England (ff. 58v-106v);
Philomela, the poem on the voices of birds and beasts ascribed to Ovid in the 16th-century title, reading 'Elegia de variis auibus
inscripta Ouidio sub titulo de Philomela' (ff. 106v-107);
De gemmis, the poem of Marbodus, Bishop of Rennes (d. 1123), with the 16th-century title reading 'Marbodei Galli de lapidibus pretiosis poema' (ff. 107v-117);
Innocent III, De contemptu mundi (ff. 117v-129);
Richard Wethershed, the summa 'Qui bene praesunt', attributed here to 'Ricardus de Leicestria' and corrected by a 17th century hand as 'Guilielmus de Lecestria sive de Montibus' (ff. 130-194v);
Narrative of the imprisonment of Joseph of Arimathea and the story of Levcius and Carinus (ff. 195-196v);
Johannes de Plano Carpini, Historia Mongalorum, chapters 1-8 (ff. 198-213);
Verses on the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (ff. 213-217v);
William of Conches, Philosophia (ff. 217v-243v);
Prophecy of the tenth Sibyl, followed by the prophecy of the Erythraean Sibyl, as quoted by Augustine, De Civitate Dei, 18, 23 (ff. 243v-247);
Philomela [repeated] with a 16th-century note reading 'Habetur et suprahoc spurium Ovidii carmen' (ff. 247v-248);
Meditationes de cognitione humanae conditionis, beginning 'Multi multa sciunt et semetipsos nesciunt', (ff. 248v-259);
A prayer, beginning 'Invoco, deus meus, invoco te' (ff. 259-159v)
Augustine, Sermon on charity (ff. 259v-260v);
The De infantiis Saluatoris, the Pseudo-Matthaean Gospel of the Nativity of the Virgin and Infancy of Christ, preceded by the Genealogy of the Virgin, a forged letter of Chromatius and Heliodorus, beginning 'Dulcissimo presbitero Eonimo Eromacius et Eliodorus', with the reply of Jerome, beginning 'Dominissanctis', and followed by notes on the Apostles, the Holy Women, and the Assumption (ff. 260v-272);
The Letter of Prester John to the Emperor Manuel Comnenus (ff. 272v-277);
A description of the of the Holy Places, preceded by the rubric reading 'Ici comensent le (sic) pelerinages de Ierusalem' (ff. 277-278v).
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Select bibliography H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), I (1893), p. 194.

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, pp. 82-84.

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), pp. 145-46.

Robert Barlett, Gerald of Wales 1146-1223 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1982), p. 214.

Anke Holdenried, 'The Bedan Recension of the Sibylla Tiburtina: New Manuscript Evidence and its Implications, in Latin Culture of the Eleventh Century: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Medieval Latin Studies, (Cambridge: Brepols, 1998), pp. 410-443 (p. 442), [ff. 244-247].

Anke Holdenried, The Sibyl and Her Scribes: Manuscripts and Interpretation of the Latin ‘Sibylla Tiburtina c.1050-1500 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), p. 246.


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