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
  • De excidio Troiae historia
  • Prophetia Sibylla Tiburtina
  • Synonyma
  • Epistola Valerii ad Rufinum ne ducat uxorem
  • De professione monachorum
  • Speculum spiritualis amicitiae
  • Prophetia Merlini
  • Historia Regum Britanniae
  • Prouinciale romanae ecclesiae
  • Libellus de conflictu vitorum atque virtutum
  • De miseria humanae conditionis
  • Ephemeris belli Troiani
  • Prophetia Aquilae
  • Naturales quaestiones
  • Flores Augustini
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 514
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.
Publisher location
  • England
Date Created
  • between approximately 1200-1330
Physical extent
  • 256 folios
  • 235mm x 155mm (maximum)
  • 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: See also the Library's blog piece, written by Dr. Alison Ray, 'A Medieval Manuscript in Two Parts' to learn more about how part of IE TCD MS 514 is now to be found contained within a compilation manuscript, MS Digby 77, in the Bodleian Library, Oxford:
  • Former shelfmarks: Lyon: E.5.3 ; Bernard: 489 ; Foley: G.53 ; c1670: F.1.48 ; Ussher: III.37
  • Rebound 1987 in modern vellum.
Related url
  • This description was adapted (2021) from the following sources:T.K. Abbott, 'Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin' (Dublin, 1900), no. 514M.L. Colker, 'Trinity College Library Dublin Descriptive Catalogue of the Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Manuscripts' (Aldershot, 1991), no. 514M.L. Colker, 'Trinity College Dublin: Supplement One: Descriptive Catalogue of the Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Manuscripts', (Dublin, 2008), 2067B.C. Barker-Benfield, 'Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues: St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury' (London, 2008), no. 900For TCD MS 514 see M. Esposito, 'Classical Manuscripts in Irish Libraries-Part I: I. Trinity College, Dublin' in 'Hermathena' 19, no. 42 (1920) 132; J. Hammer (ed.), 'A Commentary on the Prophetia Merlini (Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, Book VII)', in Speculum, vol 15, no 4 (1940) 412-413; M. Maccarrone (ed.), 'Lotharii Cardinalis (Innocentii III), De miseria humanae conditionis' (Lugano, 1955); A. Hoste (ed.), 'Le Speculum spiritualis amicitae. Compilation du XIIIe siècle de deux traités d'Aelred de Rievaulx par Thomas de Frakaham', Studia Monastica 3 (1961) 297-323 with use of TCD MS 514; A. Hoste 'Bibliotheca Aelrediana: A Survey of the Manuscripts, Old Catalogues, Editions and Studies concerning St. Aelred of Rievaulx ', Instrumenta Patristica 2, (Steenbrugge, 1962), 72; N.R. Ker, 'Medieval Libraries of Great Britain', second edition, Royal Historical Society, (London, 1964), 42, 244; H.D. Emanuel, 'Geoffrey of Monmouth's 'Historia Regum Britannie': A Second Variant Version', in 'Medium Aevum' 35, no. 2 (1966) 104-110; B. Lambert, 'Bibliotheca Hieronymiana Manuscripta: La tradition manuscrite des oeuvres de Saint Jérôme, Instrumenta Patristica 4, (Steenbrugge, 1969-.), no. 336; F. Römer, 'Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der Werke des heiligen Augustinus', Bd. ii/2 (Grossbritannien und Irland) in 'Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften', Phil.-Hist. Kl., Sitzungbericht 276 (Vienna, 1972), 330-334, 334; R.E. Lewis (ed. and trans.), 'Lotario dei Segni (Pope Innocent III), De miseria condicionis humane' (Athens, GA., 1978) 239, 254; M.W. Bloomfield et al., 'Incipits of Latin Works on the Virtues and Vices, 1100-1500 A.D.', (Cambridge, MA., 1979), no. 455; C.D. Eckhardt, 'The Prophetia Merlini of Geoffrey of Monmouth: A Fifteenth-Century English Commentary', (Cambridge, MA., 1982), 13, 33 and in notes on the text passim; D.N. Dumville, 'Update: The Manuscripts of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae', in 'Arthurian Literature' 3 (1983) 127; D.N. Dumville, 'An early text of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britanniae and the circulation of some Latin histories in twelfth-century Normandy', in 'Arthurian Literature' 4 (1985) 168; M. Lapidge and R. Sharpe, 'A Bibliography of Celtic-Latin Literature 400-1200' (Dublin 1985), p. 17 and no. 39; J.C. Crick, 'The Historia Regum Britannie of Geoffrey of Monmouth, III: A Summary Catalogue of the Manuscripts', (Woodbridge / Cambridge, 1989) 107-110, 331; A.F. Sutton and L.Visser-Fuchs, 'Richard III's Books: VIII: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae with The Prophecy of the Eagle and Commentary. 2. The Prophecy and Commentary (continued)' in 'The Ricardian' 8, no. 108 (1990) 358 n.1; J.C. Crick, 'The Historia Regum Britannie of Geoffrey of Monmouth, IV: Dissemination and Reception in the Later Middle Ages', (Woodbridge, 1991) xiii, 16 n.21, 35, 37-39, 65-67, 71, 85-86, 90-91, 107, 123, 145, 168, 180-181, 199, 206, 209, 347; 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; E.J. Polak, 'Medieval and Renaissance Letter Treatises and Form Letters: A Census of Manuscripts Found in Part of Western Europe, Japan, and the United States of America', Davis Medieval Texts and Studies, volume 2, (Leiden, 1994) 66-67; H.M. Hine (ed.), 'Studies in the Text of Seneca's 'Naturales Quaestiones'' (Berlin, 1996); L.A. Coote, 'Prophecy and Public Affairs in Later Medieval England', (Woodbridge, 2000) 250; R. Sharpe, 'A Handlist of the Latin Writers of Great Britain and Ireland before 1540', Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin 1, (2001) 657; L.F. d'Arcier, 'Histoire et Géographie d'un Mythe: La circulation des manuscrits du De Excidio Troiae de Darès le Phrigien (VIIIe-XVe siècles)' (Paris, 2006) 42-43; A. Holdenried, 'The Sibyl and Her Scribes: Manuscripts and Interpretation of the Latin Sibylla Tiburtina c. 1050-1500' (Aldershot, 2006) 25 n92, 90, 182; M.D. Reeve (ed.) and N. Wright (trans.), Geoffrey of Monmouth. The history of the kings of Britain: an edition and translation of De gestis Britonum (Woodbridge, 2007); V. Flood, 'Prophecy as History: A New Study of the Prophecies of Merlin Silvester', in 'Neophilologus' 102 (2018) 543-559; J. Delmulle et al, 'Flores Augustini: Augustinian Florilegia in the Middle Ages' Spicilegium Sacrum Lovaniense, Band 57 (Leuven, 2020).Record entry (BA1.900) for TCD MS 514 on Medieval Libraries of Great Britain (MLGB3) online: [accessed 23 March 2021]
Finding aid
  • 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
  • vellum (parchment)
  • parchment (animal material)
  • English
Digital Object Id
  • MS514_001
  • 0152363


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