Historical roll chronicle

Physical Description:
f. 1 : parchment ; 5,660 x 640 mm.
Script: Written in batarde script by a single scribe.
Text is accompanied by parallel schematic genealogical diagrams in red consisting of connected roundels inscribed with the names of various rulers in succession, between the columns. The genealogical diagrams are periodically interspersed with 58 roundels framed in red with lively pen drawings in brown ink with washes in blue, pink and green, depicting cities and churches whose foundations are ascribed to particular rulers or occurred during their reigns. Each of the genealogical diagrams begins at the top of the text with a roundel, depicting respectively (I) Mount Calvary, (II) Rome, (III) Venice (whose foundation is ascribed to Trojan nobles) and (IV) London. Included are drawings of Constantinople, Hagia Sophia, Santiago de Compostela; the majority of the drawings appear in the chronology of the French monarchs, with depictions of Paris, St. Genevieve, St. Denis, St. Martin-de-Champs, and others. The buildings are all late medieval in character and do not bear resemblance to the monuments themselves.
Four illuminated initials, 4-line, at the top of each column, blue with white filigree against gold ground with stylized foliage or geometric patterns in red and blue. At the top of each initial, black inkspray with gold leaves; at the first initial (left column), decoration extends into the left margin to form a partial border. Numerous smaller initials, 2-line, gold on blue and mauve grounds with white filigree. Headings in red.
Binding: Unbound.
Purchased from Maggs Bros. of London in 1958 by L. C. Witten, who sold it in 1959 to Thomas E. Marston.
Manuscript of parchment roll composed of 8 membranes, written in 4 columns. Column 1) Chronology of the popes from Peter to the antipope John XXIII. 2) Chronology of the rulers of the Empire from Augustus to Louis of Bavaria, Holy Roman Emperor from 1328-47. 3) Chronology of the Monarchs of France, beginning with the Trojan nobles and concluding with Charles VI, king from 1380-1422. 4) Chronology of the kings of England, from King Lud in the time of Julius Caesar to King Henry IV (d. 1413).
Church history--Chronology
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Kings and rulers--Genealogy
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library
Great Britain--History
Holy Roman Empire--History
French, Middle (ca.1400-1600)
Manuscripts, Medieval
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
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Access Restrictions:
Call Number:
Marston MS 180
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Beinecke Library
Digital Collection:
General Collection, BRBL, Yale University
oid pointer:
Shailor, B. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Marston MS 180.
Historical Roll Chronicle. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Extent of digitization:
Partial work digitized.

Number of Pages: 1