File Brogyntyn MS II.52 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Pedigree-chronicle from Adam to Edward IV,

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Pedigree-chronicle from Adam to Edward IV,


  • [c. 1465]. (Creation)

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10 membranes pasted together : Parchment ; 8080 x 355 mm.

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Referred to in the Second Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (London, 1874), p. 86; cited by Thomas Jones, Y Bibyl Ynghymraec (Cardiff, 1940), as 'Brogyntyn Roll 2'.

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A pedigree chronicle of biblical and British history from Adam to Edward IV, written not before 1461 and probably not after 1466 (none of Edward IV's children are shown), evidently in the same London or Westminster workshop as that postulated by Albinia de la Mare, Catalogue of the Collection of Medieval Manuscripts Bequeathed to the Bodleian Library, Oxford, by James P. R. Lyell (Oxford, 1971), p. 82, as the place of production of a number of closely related pedigree-chronicles in roll or roll-codex form, some in Latin and some in English. The hand looks the same as that of Lyell MS 33 (see ibid., plate VI), while the layout, decoration and miniature of the Fall are very similar. Near the miniature of the Fall is a note in English, [17 cent.].
The preface and biblical history derive from the Compendium Historiæ in Genealogia Christi (otherwise known as the Promptuarium Bibliæ) of Peter of Poitiers; see H. Vollmer, Deutsche Bibelauszüge des Mittelalters sum Stammbaum Christi mit ihren lateinischen Vorbildern und Vorlagen (Potsdam, 1931) and Thomas Jones, Y Bibyl Ynghymraec (Cardiff, 1940), where thirty-three manuscripts are listed on pp. xvii-xx. The text as a whole belongs to category B identified by de la Mare, op. cit., p. 83, a group of manuscripts compiled in the reign of Edward IV with which ours has features other than the text in common. For the work of a closely related illuminator see R. M. Thomson, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts of Corpus Christi College Oxford (Cambridge, 2011), p. 101.

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Decoration: The decoration comprises a nine-line initial at the beginning, blue on gold ground, with acanthus infilling (brown, vermilion, green, white), joined to a border of acanthus and sprays across the top and running about 300 mm down each margin; a five-line gold initial on part-red, part-blue ground at the beginning of the text (Adam); elsewhere, two- and three-line blue initials with red pen-work and foliage infilling. Beneath the preface is a roundel (concentric yellow and green circles, diameter c. 65 mm) with a miniature of the Fall (Adam, Eve and the serpent, green, blue and yellow, somewhat smudged). Lines of descent are in green, yellow and red; names in the biblical lines are within blank circles within squares alternately of green and yellow, in the lines of the British and English kings within roundels alternately blue and yellow. There is a diagram of the temple at Jerusalem.


Formerly Brogyntyn Roll 2.


Preferred citation: Brogyntyn MS II.52 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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