Dares Phrygius, De excidio Troiae historia etc. IE TCD MS 514 Public Deposited

Dares Phrygius, De excidio Troiae historia etc. IE TCD MS 514

Alternative title
  • Prouinciale romanae ecclesiae
  • Historia Regum Britanniae
  • De professione monachorum
  • Speculum spiritualis amicitiae
  • Libellus de conflictu vitorum atque virtutum
  • Synonyma
  • Prophetia Merlini
  • Prophetia Aquilae
  • Ephemeris belli Troiani
  • De miseria humanae conditionis
  • Epistola Valerii ad Rufinum ne ducat uxorem
  • De excidio Troiae historia
  • Flores Augustini
  • Prophetia Sibylla Tiburtina
  • Naturales quaestiones
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 514 ; former shelfmarks: Lyon: E.5.3 ; Bernard: 489 ; Foley: G.53 ; c1670: F.1.48 ; Ussher: III.37
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Copyright status
Date Created
  • between approximately 1200-1330
  • IE TCD MS 514 is a composite manuscript consisting of seven parts that were produced separately in England, the first six parts written in the early 14th century and the seventh part written in the early 13th century. The first part (folios 3-14) contains De excidio Troiae historia of Dares Phrygius and extracts of Dictys Cretensis. The second part (15-77) contains the Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Prouinciale romanae ecclesiae. The third part (78-92bis) contains a collection of prophecies of Britain. The fourth part (93-116v) contains De professione monachorum of Guilelmus Peraldus. The fifth part (117-182bis) contains a collection of theological tracts. The sixth part (183-204) contains De miseria humanae conditionis of Innocent III with missing leaves now Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Digby MS 77 (83-108). The seventh part (205-254v) contains the Naturales quaestiones of Seneca the Younger. The volume was compiled by John of London, monk of St Augustine's Abbey (fl. 1290-1330) in the early 14th century and is listed as item BA1.900, Salustius de bello Troiano cum AC Iohannis de london' cum multis aliis. 2o fo. telamon dist' x Ga 2o, on the 15th-century library catalogue of St Augustine's Abbey with cross-referencing to items BA1.879.5-7, prophetia aquile, prophetia Merlini, prophetia Sibille: non hic quia infra in Salustio de bello troiano fo 62., and BA1.897, historia Britonum I de london' cum.E secundo folio. at illi (TCD MS 360; B.C. Barker-Benfield, 'Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues: St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury' (London, 2008) 3 vols, vol 2, no. 900; Wilbur Knorr, 'Two medieval monks and their astronomy books: MSS. Bodley 464 and Rawlinson C.177', in The Bodleian Library Record, vol 14 (1991/93) 284, n. 38). Foliation: 256 (+2 blank) leaves (1-2, 255-256 are medieval parchment flyleaves) with medieval foliation, but this numbering jumps from 204 to 230. For further information see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entry for the manuscript here:
  • Recorded in library catalogue of St Augustine’s Abbey (TCD MS 360) as gift of John of London (fl 1290-1330), with ownership inscription on flyleaf (2v) ‘Liber Iohannis de London cum.A.C.’ followed by library inscription of St Augustine’s, ‘Historia Britonum siue Collectciones cum A.C. / Johannis de London’. de librario sancti Augustini Cant. / D 10’. Gra. 2o’ added by Clement of Canterbury (fl. 1463-1495). Unidentified 14th-century inscription ‘C C * * quaternis quia(?) tradidi Willelmo cha[...]’ (14v) and unidentified 16th-century inscription ‘La: Wotton’ (3). Manuscript features shelfmark of the book collection of The Most Reverend James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (r. 1625-1656), ‘III 37.’ (3). The Ussher library was gifted by King Charles II to Trinity College Dublin in 1661.
  • Digitisation work made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Resource type
  • ink
  • parchment (animal material)
  • vellum (parchment)
  • English
Digital Object Id
  • MS514_001
  • 0152363


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