Trinity College Celebrates 500th Manuscript Online

Trinity College Celebrates 500th Manuscript Online

Trinity College Library, Cambridge

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Bernard Gui (1260-1331) was a Friar-Preacher perhaps best known as an Inquisitor against the Albigensians (or Cathars). He ended his career as Bishop of Lodève. This manuscript (R.4.23) includes various works by Bernard, but we are highlighting the beautifully illustrated genealogical tree – Arbor genealogie regum – which traced the lineage of the French Kings from their Trojan origins (ff. 49v-52v).

Each page is a sequence of illuminated pictures which narrate the succession and genealogy of the kings of France. Each king is represented standing in a medallion in which their name and the length of their reign is also written. The kings have the royal insignia – the crown and sceptre – and are dressed in gowns covered with the fleur-de-lys. Beside them there are usually some smaller medallions in which their ancestors, offspring and spouses appear.

The tree begins on f.49v with medallions representing the chiefs…

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Early Irish manuscript project launched in Dublin

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The Library of Trinity College Dublin is launching an extensive conservation, research and digitisation campaign focused on four of the Library’s most important early medieval insular Gospel Books:

  • Codex Usserianus Primus, 5th or 7th century (?) (TCD MS 55)
  • the Book of Mulling, 2nd half of the 8th century (TCD MS 60)
  • the Book of Dimma, late 8th century (TCD MS 59)
  • the Garland of Howth, 8th-9th century (TCD MS 56)

As the TCD website reports, these, along with the Book of Kells (TCD MS 58), the Book of Durrow (TCD MS 57) and the Book of Armagh (TCD MS 52), make up the pre-eminent collection of early Christian book art in the Library. Yet they have not quite received the attention they deserve.

Find out more about the project on the official Trinity College website, here.