Winchcombe Chronicle


The Winchcombe Chronicle traces the history of Winchcombe Abbey in Gloucestershire from AD 1–1181. Winchcombe was a royal centre under the Anglo-Saxon King Cenwulf of Mercia (r. 796–821) and continued to flourish as an important site until its dissolution in the 16th century.

This chronicle was composed in the 12th century in Winchcombe and contains correspondence between Cenwulf and Popes Leo III (r. 795–816) and Paschal I (r. 817–824). The text also features the purported foundation charter of Cenwulf for Winchcombe Abbey, dated 9 November 811. 

A collection of scientific and computistical materials accompany the chronicle, including extracts from the works of The Venerable Bede (b. c. 673, d. 735), Isidore of Seville (b. c.560, d. 636), and Abbo of Fleury (b. 945, d. 1004).

Tables and diagrams including a rota of the 12 winds and a sundial appear in red, green, and purple inks. A pen-drawn map of Jerusalem was additionally copied into the volume in the second half of the 12th century.

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Full title:
Winchcombe Chronicle
1st half of the 12th century–1st quarter of the 14th century, Winchcombe
Latin / Old French
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

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British Library
Cotton MS Tiberius E IV

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