MS. Holkham misc. 26
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Alphabetical index of popes.
Beginning with the dedicatory letter to Pope John XXI dated Avignon 'vii Ydus Augusti MCCC decio nono'; the test is that of the second edition described by Delisle, 'Les manuscrits de Bernard Gui', Notices et extraits, XXVII, 2, paras. 14 and following, 36. It contains the additions indicated by Delisle, paras. 38, 42, 43, 46, and is further continued to the election of Benedict XII.
After 1334 brief lives of the popes were added to 1471 (the election of Sixtus IV) in another hand, and a third hand added a paragraph bringing them up to 1492.
106 quatrains with monorhyme:
In a dedicatory prologue addressed to the future Alfonso X, and dated from the Cluniac priory of S. Zoilus, Carrion, 1250, the author names himself as Guillelmus Petri, sometimes abbot of S. Facundo [Sagahun].
Text edited Chronica Hispana saeculi XIII, ed. Rocío Carande Herrero et al., CCCM 73, Turnhout: Brepols, 1997, p. 183-209
38 lines per page written above top line; in 1 column.
Blue and red initials with penwork.
Typical Holkham binding in straight-grained morocco; the spine lettered in gilt 'BERNARDI GUIDONIS | PONTIF. ROM. | CATALOGUS || MS. | SÆC. XV.'
Provenance and Acquisition
Marginal notes throughout, mostly not by the main scribe.
A label inscribed 'Iohannis Philippus de Lignamine Messanensis, Syxto IIII Summo Pontifici etc.' (fols. ii verso); but this MS. does not have the continuation of the chronicle by de Lignamine (pr. Muratori, col. 263-75); the source of the information on the label was probably the edition pr. by de Lignamine (Rome, 1474), where the chronicle and continuation appear as one work.
Giuseppe Valletta (1636-1714), of Naples (on whom see Hassall, 1970, 22, 22 n. 9).