Matthew Paris OSB, Chronica maiora I (preliminary
The preliminary matter consists of
a. Itinerary from London to Jerusalem
with a description in French, similar to one in the Royal MS.
14, C. vii but containing some interesting variations. It occupies seven pages.
The portion from London to Dover is
engraved by Gough Brit. Topogr.
pl. VII, fig. 2. The text is printed by the Société de l'Orient Latin, Itinéraires Français, p.
b. A brief genealogical chronicle
“Cronica sub conpendio abreuiata a fratre
Considerans prolixitatem Cronicorum Anglie
It runs from Alfred to Edward the
Elder: then a leaf has been cut out. This took place at an early period, for a
copy of it of cent. xiii late in Tiberius E. vi
(f. 5) terminates in the same manner. At the end of the volume on p.
285 it is resumed and continued to Henry
c. Circular Paschal table
d. Table of Concurrentes etc. from 1116 to 1620: a
similar one is in Royal 14, C. vii
Diagram of the winds with verses. Sunt subsolano socii
Attributed to M. Paris in Nero D.
I, f. 184v
e. Kalendar. See below
The following are my own notes on illustrations, etc.
The itinerary from London to the Holy Land, ff. ir-ivr, is illustrated with
conventional cities, and with ships and figures of men every now and
On f. ivv Genealogy: circular diagram with bust of Alfred in C.
On f. vr
the circular Paschal table is made to revolve: head of metal
pin in C.
Spandrels of beautiful ornament
Another table or diagram formerly stuck to the lower part of the page is
On f. vv Table of Concurrentes. Diagram of winds etc.
(French and English names).
On f. vir Kalendar, six months on page
3. Genouefe red
5. Dep. S. Aedwardi red. De S.
7. Dep. S. Aedwardi reg. et c. hic
fiet festum red
19. Dep. S. Wlstani red
Reliquiarum in eccl. S. Albani blue
28. Osuualdi archiep.
2. Ceadde ep. C.
Inuencio S. Oswini Reg. M. red
11. Guthlaci C. Added, Ob. Michael de mentemor. Abb. (1349, date in lower
19. Aelphegi archiep. M. red
24. Inuencio S. Yuonis Ep.
30. Erkenuualdi Ep.
7. Transl. S. Wlstani Ep. red
14. Basilii Archiep. red
17. Botulfi Abb. red
21. Leofredi Abb. (black). De
S. Albano iii lect. red
22. Passio S. Albani Anglorum prothomartiris blue
23. Aetheldrede V.
25. Inuencio S. Amphibali
sociorumque eius blue, with octave
2. Inuencio S. Albani blue and
red, with octave
5. Oswaldi red
20. Oswini reg. m. red, with octave
4. Transl. S. Cuthberti
17. Lamberti red
13. Transl. S. Ae(d)wardi Reg.
17. Transl. S. Etheldride V.
17. Hugonis Ep. C. red
20. Aedmundi Reg. M. blue.
Matthew Paris OSB, Chronica maiora I
Brutus worshipping Diana,
who has deer's horns and winged feet
Lear and his three daughters: Cordeilla has scroll, tant as tant vauz tant te pris pere
Alexander sits holding globe: feet on lion and
Cassibelanus? seated king
The Virgin reclining: child in manger: ox and ass: curtain on rod
The three kings on camels gallop to R.
Crucifixion with Virgin and St John: four
A man stones Stephen kneeling
A small figure of the Virgin
Merlin half-length only partly inked in: below two
dragons and boar, in pencil
Machometus: below his feet a red pig sus: he holds two
scrolls. Poligamus esto. Scriptum est enim Crescite et multiplicamini. Presentes
delicias pro futuris non spernite
Bust: Offa in cowl, crown falls off showing tonsure:
another of a woman in cowl and crown
Alban beheaded. Executioner catches his (own) falling
eyes in L. hand
Offa directs two men, who dig up Alban's coffin
Alfred half-length in
medallion with scroll, Primus in anglia regnam solus
Single combat on horseback between Aedmundus ferreum latus and Cnuto rex
Dacie. Angli and Daci in two towers R. and L.
Mimekan nanus cuts off legs of Rodogan gigas (lightly inked in)
Shield and crown of Harold (az. lion rampant
The same reversed. Shield of William (gu. 3 leopards
William's shield and crown reversed. William II's shield and crown (the same)
Crosier (of Abbot Richard of St Albans)
Hand holding taper (opposite description of the Holy places: and account of William's court in Westminster
Shield and crown of William II reversed: bow and arrow
below. Shield of Henry I
Crosier and cross reversed (death of Anselm)
Two Templars on one horse
Hospital founded by Matilda in London
Men fall out of ship (wreck of the White Ship)
Bust of Alexander of Scotland?
Shield and crown of Henry I
reversed. Shield of Stephen
Bust of David of Scotland
Shield of Stephen
reversed. Shield of Henry
Baptism of the Soldan of Yconium by the patriarch of
Antioch: in a tub. A cleric holds box of chrism
Shield of the young king Henry, party per pale gu. and
sable to denote death. The crown above, not upright
Murder of Becket: the four
knights; Grim with cross interposing. Becket falls away from altar on R.
Falling walls (Leicester)
Bust of William of Scotland, crown falling off. Bust of
a Scotchman with axe, weeping
Robert Mercer of St Albans,
and two men digging up S. Amphibalus
Crown and shield of Philip of
France (az. six fleurs-de-lys or 3, 2, 1). Reversed
crown of Louis
Crowned mitre of Prester John
Crown and shield (half black) of the young Henry,
Battle. Salaadinus and Guido
rex struggling for Crux Sancta
After the text, a full page with three splendid coloured drawings. Busts of
crowned Virgin, and Child with cross-nimbus: border of clouds below
Below this on L. Head of the dying Christ. On
R. Head of Christ full-face with jewelled collar of tunic
Mappa mundi on verso, Gough Brit. Topogr. I 66, 86. The map in Nero D. v was copied from this. Genealogy of kings, one leaf
On the last flyleaf are notes, viz.
“Cronica ab origine mundi usque ad a. d. millesimum ... simum
videlicet usque ad mortem henrici (II) Regis anglie”
“iiii marce auri dedit ... de ... pro pace”
“vii marce dabantur comiti legr S. pro carta quam habuit a rege de custodia Wascon”
S. Patrick prophesies greatness of the unborn
“Circa carleolum patria est dicta aluedele”
“Hic. uersus austrum cocormue villa. patria. complem”
“Aqua dorecte et currit (?) per cocormue”
“Edwarde Aglionby of Balsall
Note on dispersion of Apostles and division of the world
List of Saxon kings, Egbert to Ethelred
Verso, covered with paper, apparently blank