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Detailed record for Royal 13 A XXIII

Author Ado of Vienne (b. c. 804, d. 875)
Title Chronicon (ff. 1v-94v), Chronology of Roman emperors (ff. 94v-96), Chronology of the dukes of Normandy to 1035 (ff. 96-96v), with prominent entries relating to the founding of the abbey of Mont St. Michel, the beginning of the building of the church and Suppo's abbacy (f. 96), Genealogy of the Kings of France to 987 (ff. 97-100)
Origin France, N. W., Normandy (Mont St. Michel)
Date c. 1065 - c. 1080
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Scribe Mauritius
Decoration 1 large initial in red and green with foliate motifs (f. 1v). Smaller plain initials in red or green. Capitals marked in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 180 (185 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 100 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 unfoliated paper and 2 parchment flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1969.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of Mont St. Michel, Normandy, France.
The Benedictine abbey of St. Augustine, Canterbury: added corrections by an English scribe, c. 1100; inscribed in the 14th century, 'Cronica Odonis Abbatis de librario Sancti Augustini [Canterbury], cum. A', and below, 'D. x. Gra. p[rimo]' (f. 1).
Fragments of a work on scholastic theology of the 13th-century are inscribed on the flyleaves, which were former pastedowns (ff. [101], [102]).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number no. 1004' (f. 1), acquired by the Upper Library at Westminster after the inventory of 1542; in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 19v and in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), no. 8349.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Incipit: 'Breues temporum annotationes per generationes et regna'.
Expliict: 'dehonestatus iniuria moritur'.
The scribe is like, if not the same, as the scribe of Royal 13 A XXII.
For the text, see Migne, Patr. Lat. CXXIII. 23.
Select bibliography M. R. James, The Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903), p. 295, no. 912.

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, p. 88.

Charles Reginald Dodwell, The Canterbury School of Illumination 1066-1200 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 122.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 45.

J. J. G. Alexander, Norman Illumination at Mont St Michel 966-1100 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970), pp. 28, 227, pl. 16c.

Katharine Mary Waller, 'The Library, Scriptorium and Community of Rochester Cathedral Priory c. 1080-1150' (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Liverpool, 1980), p. 361.

Richard Gameson, 'English Manuscript Art in the Late Eleventh Century: Canterbury and its Context', in Canterbury and the Norman Conquest: Churches, Saints and Scholars 1066-1109, ed. by Richard Wales and Richard Sharpe (London: Hambledon Press, 1995), pp. 95-144 (p. 110, n. 54).

Michael Gullick, ‘Manuscrits et copistes normands en Angleterre (XIe-XIIe siècles), in Manuscrits et enluminures dans le monde normand (Xe-XVe siècles), ed. by Pierre Bouet and Monique Dosdat (Caen: Presses Universitaires, 1999), pp. 83-93 (p. 92).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.1004.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 486.

Richard Gameson, 'La Normandie et l'Angleterre au XIe siècle: Le temoignage des manuscrits', in La Normandie et l'Angleterre au Moyen A^ge, Colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle, 4-7 octobre 2001, ed by. Pierre Bouet and Véronique Gazeau (Caen: CRAHM, 2003), pp. 129-59 (p. 148, fig. 8).

St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, ed. by B. C. Barker-Benfield, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 13, 3 vols (London: British Library, 2008), BA I.912, pp. lx, lxxix, cii, n. 103, 448, 924, 925-26, 940.
Last revised: 18 September 2009

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Decorated initial

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