The Opuscula (little works) was a collection of material about history, compiled by Ralph de Diceto (d. c. 1200) at St Paul’s cathedral in London when he was dean there in the final decade of the 12th century. The text begins with a letter addressed to William Longchamp (d. 1197), bishop of Ely and chancellor of England, to whom the manuscript was probably presented.
The book is carefully laid out and embellished with coloured initials featuring foliate designs. The Opuscula contains material relevant to the history of Britain and the Angevin rulers, as well as church history.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Laura Cleaver
- History and learning
Using the works of Ralph de Diceto, Laura Cleaver examines how the study of history in the Middle Ages engaged with contemporary attitudes and politics.