De excidio Troiae historia; Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia regum Britanniae; etc.
- De excidio Troiae historia; Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia regum Britanniae; etc.
- Dares, Phrygius, creator
- Published / Created
- between 1250 and 1300
- Publication Place
- Manuscript on parchment of 1) Dares Phrygius, De excidio Troiae historia, in the Latin translation ascribed to Cornelius Nepos, followed by the lists of those killed by the heroes on both sides. 2) Geoffrey of Monmouth (Galfredus Monemutensis, d. 1154), Historia regum Britanniae. 3) The running title is De origine Normannorum. Short history of Normandy up to Henry I, King of England and Duke of Normandy (d. 1135). The main part of this text derives from Hugh of Saint-Victor (Hugo de Sancto Victore, d. 1141), Excerptiones allegoricae, X, 10 (PL 177.284) and is followed by a short list of Dukes of Normandy. 4) Three poems on the miracles of St. Benedict, followed by rhymed liturgical prayers to be said in the presence of the relics of the saint, and another poem on St. Benedict. All seem unrecorded. Except the last text, all are written as prose. The relics in question were preserved in Fleury-sur-Loire. Carefully copied by one hand in Northern Gothica Textualis Libraria.
Binding: Eighteenth-century. Sprinkled calf over cardboard; the covers have gilt edges.
Bookplate of Sir Edward Cholmondeley Dering. The Cholmondeley library was sold at Sotheby's 3 Dec. 1811. The manuscript was offered for sale by Maggs Brothers in 1952. Collection of Norman Holmes Pearson, Yale 1932, MS 268. Bequest of Norman Holmes Pearson, 1976.
Cataloged from microfilm by Albert Derolez.
Cite as: Dares Phrygius, De Excidio Troiae Historia. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Headings and running titles in red, many now poorly legible. Heightening of majuscules in red. Large decorated Romanesque initials, red or green, at the head of artt. 1 and 2; 2- or 3-line plain initials alternately in red and blue and 1-line initials in the same colours in the middle of the text in art. 2; on f. 91r, at the beginning of Book XI, there is a 3-line flourished initial in blue with red penwork, which may be added later. 3-line red plain initial at the beginning of art. 3. 2-line initials in art. 4, of the same kind as in artt. 1-2.
This manuscript, which from the beginning contained all four texts described above, was copied in a Benedictine abbey (see art. 4), which as appears from the handwriting was situated in England.
- ff. i + 105 + i : parchment ; 270 x 185 mm.
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Beinecke MS 598
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- mixed material
- Resource Type
- Archives or Manuscripts
- Subject (Geographic)
Great Britain -- History -- 1066-1687
Normandy (France) -- History
Troy (Extinct city) -- Legends
- Subject (Name)
of Monmouth, Bishop of St. Asaph, Geoffrey, 1100?-1154
of Saint-Victor, Hugh, 1096?-1141
- Subject (Topic)
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven
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