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MS. Holkham misc. 26

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


1. (fols. 1r-)

Alphabetical index of popes.

2. (fols. 6r-)
Bernard Gui, Flores cronicorum seu cathologus pontificum Romanorum

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.

Language(s): Latin
3. (fols. 154v-)

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.

4. (fols. 163r-)
Guillermo Pérez de la Calzada, Rithmi de Iulia Romula seu Ispalensi Urbe
Rubric: Incipiunt rithmi de Iulia Romula sive Ispalensi urbe [Seville] a tempore quo fundata per Julium Cesarem Romanum imperatorum usque ad tempus quo recuperata fuit per Fernandum Ispanie regem illustrem

106 quatrains with monorhyme:

Incipit: Glorior in gloria urbis Ispalensis
Explicit: auctorem clementer

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

Language(s): Latin
6. (fols. 169r-)
Ps.-Eugesippus, De distantiis locorum terrae sanctae
Rubric: Tractatus de positione terre promissionis
(pr. PG, CXXXIII, 991–1004).
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ginales potui
Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermarks letter H surmounted by crown, not in Briquet.
Extent: ii (modern paper) + 176 + ii (modern paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 175–80 × 120 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern ballpoint (?) pen: i-ii, 1–178; the main texts have original ink foliations in roman numerals: i-clvi (fols. 6–161), and i-xiiij (fols. 163–176).


1(12)-13(12), 14(14), catchwords


38 lines per page written above top line; in 1 column.


humanistic script


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.'


Origin: Spanish ; 15th century, second half

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).

Thomas Coke; bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE', formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 191.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.