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MS. Bodl. Rolls 2

Summary Catalogue no.: 2978


Genealogy of the kings of France and England to Henry VI.
Rubric: Cy ensuent les lignies des Roys de Fraunce...

A genealogical roll of the Kings of France and England in parallel columns. The first column begins: 'A tous nobles qui ayment beaux faitz'. The corresponding column of English kings is headed 'Cy ensuent les lignies des Roys qui ont regne en Angleterre...'. The text of this column begins 'Apres la destruccion de Troy'

Both columns run by genealogical trees with accompanying accounts of considerable length, from the earliest times (Priamus and Brutus respectively) to 1422

Mentions the Battle of Verneuil, 1424

On part of the back is a long genealogical tree (with names only), beginning with Noah and running through the kings of England until Edward III

Language(s): Anglo-Norman

Physical Description

Form: roll
Support: parchment
Extent: A roll of ten membranes (one modern, one backed with leather)
Dimensions (roll): c. 224 × 21-23 in.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 871

Penwork initials



In a cloth case 25 in. x 3.125 x 3.25 in.


Origin: after 1424 ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'Ex dono magistri Henrici Savilij', i.e. by bequest of Henry Savile of Banke, who died in 1617. The gift therefore is probably of that year, but the roll does not occur in any catalogue until c. 1655 (no. 8620, p. 172, Langbaine's Adversaria)

Record Sources

Description adapted (September 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-09-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)