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MS. Bodl. Rolls 3

Summary Catalogue no.: 2983


Genealogy of the kings of England from Brut to Edward I
Incipit: Hic incipit bellum Grecorum et Troianorum vna cum causa eiusdem belli

Membranes illustrating the intermarriages of the kings of England and Scotland are now London, British Library, MS. Cotton Charter xiv. 4.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: roll
Support: parchment
Extent: 6 membranes + 1 modern membrane
Dimensions (roll): c. 4150 × 475 mm.


Important miniatures (coloured drawings), borders, initial. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 483, pl. XLVII)


Origin: 1292 × 1307 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

The number of Edward I's regnal years is not inserted, suggesting that the roll was written before his death in 1307. Closely related to MS. Ashmole Rolls 50, which shows John Balliol as king of Scotland, and was therefore written after 1292.

York, Benedictine abbey of St Mary: ‘Rotulus Monasterii beate Marie Eboracensis’, head of roll, c. 1300 (?)

Henry Savile of Banke: no. 292 in the catalogue of his library.

Given by him to the Library in 1617.

Record Sources

Description adapted (August 2019) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 127 [physical description, date, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 483 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1905) [contents, provenance]


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (43 images from 35mm slides)


Microfilm available in the open shelf collections in the Weston Library (R. Films 101, shelved under MS. Ashmole 1831)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-08-08: Description revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC