William of Malmesbury, Gesta pontificum Anglorum etc. IE TCD MS 602 Public Deposited

William of Malmesbury, Gesta pontificum Anglorum etc. IE TCD MS 602

Alternative title
  • IE TCD MS 602
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 602 ; former shelfmarks: Lyon: E.4.26 ; Bernard: 477 ; Foley: H.59 ; c1670: K.1.27 ; Ussher: EEE.10
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Date Created
  • between approximately 1200-1230
  • IE TCD MS 602, William of Malmesbury, Gesta pontificum Anglorum etc., is a composite manuscript consisting of two parts that were produced separately in England, with both parts written in the early 13th century. The first part (folios 1-63) contains the Gesta pontificum Anglorum of William of Malmesbury. The second part (64-149) contains a collection of classical works and medieval exempla. The volume was possibly compiled by the 15th century, as indicated by the presence of medieval foliation in both parts in the hand of Clement of Canterbury (fl. 1463-1495), librarian of St Augustine's Abbey. Part I is listed as item BA1.919, Cronica de W Malmesbur' de gestis pontific[i]um Anglie in quaterno cum B. Secundo folio. it regis. D 9 Ga 3o, on the 15th-century library catalogue of St Augustine's Abbey (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. 919; wrongly listed as item 918 in M.R. James (ed.), 'The Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover' (Cambridge, 1903), 518). Foliation note at end: “Foliated 30 July 1969, ff1-149”. See the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entry for the MS here:
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  • 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. 602M.L. Colker, 'Trinity College Library Dublin Descriptive Catalogue of the Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Manuscripts' (Aldershot, 1991), no. 602M.L. Colker, 'Trinity College Dublin: Supplement One: Descriptive Catalogue of the Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Manuscripts' (Dublin, 2008), 209-210B.C. Barker-Benfield, 'Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues: St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury' (London, 2008), no. 919For TCD MS 602 see T.D. Hardy, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Materials Relating to the History of Great Britain and Ireland to the End of the Reign of Henry VII', Rolls Series, vol. 2 (London, 1865) 152; N.E.S.A. Hamilton (ed.), 'Willelmi Malmesbiriensis monachi De gestis Pontificum Anglorum libri quinque', Rolls Series (London, 1870) xxiv; M. Esposito, 'Classical Manuscripts in Irish Libraries-Part I: I. Trinity College, Dublin' in 'Hermathena' 19, no. 42 (1920) 134; N.R. Ker, 'Medieval Libraries of Great Britain', second edition, Royal Historical Society, (London, 1964), 42; Colker (ed.), 'Analecta Dublinensia', (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975) 187-188 (p. 180 is a photograph of 132v); J.E. Sayers, 'Analecta Dublinensia: three Medieval Latin Texts in the Library of Trinity College Dublin. Edited by Marvin L. Colker', book review in 'The Journal of Ecclesiastical History' 27 (1976) 191-192; A. Olivar, 'Analecta Dublinensia', book review in 'Studia Monastica' 18 (1976) 225-226; K. Smolak, 'Analecta Dublinensia', book review in 'Wiener Studien, Beiheft' 8 (Festschrift for R. Hanslik, 1977) 289, 305-308; A.B. Scott in 'Medium Aevum' 46 (1977) 297-298; A.B. Scott, 'Analecta Dublinensia', book review in 'Medium Aeuum' 46 (1977) 296-298; H. Silvestre, 'Analecta Dublinensia', book review in 'Bulletin de théologie ancienne et médiévale' 12 (1977) 171-172; H. Silvestre, 'À propos d'une édition récente de 'L'Hymnarius paraclitensis' d'Abélard', in 'Scriptorium' 32 (1978) 162; G.S. (Selbstanzeige), 'Analecta Dublinensia', book review in 'Deutsches Archiv' 34.1 (1978) 239; C. Leonardi, 'Analecta Dublinensia', bibliographical reference in 'Medioevo latino' 1 (1980) no. 1111; E. Könsgen, 'Epistolae ad amicum - kritische Anmerkungen zu den Analecta Dublinensia' book review in 'Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch' 16 (1981) 58; M.D. Reeve, 'Petronius' in 'Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics', ed. L.D. Reynolds, (Oxford, 1983), 299; C.D. Eckhardt, 'The Medieval Prosimetrum Genre (from Boethius to Boece)' in 'Genre' 16 (1983) 25; K. Bate, 'La littérature latine d'imagination à la cour d'Henri II d'Angleterre' in 'Cahiers de civilisation médiévale' 34 (1991) 9-17; M.L. Colker, 'New Light on the Use and Transmission of Petronius' in 'Manuscripta' 36 (1992) 200-209' and bibliographical reference in 'Medioevo latino' 13 (1992) no. 706; P. Dronke, 'Verse with Prose from Petronius to Dante', (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994), 23-25; E. Manning, review in 'Scriptorium' 48 (1994) no. 72; Reeve (1994) 689; R. Hillas (ed.), 'Elias of Thriplow, Serium Senectutis', (Binghamton, 1995), 2, 248-253 and bibliographical reference in 'Medioevo latino' 16 (1995) no. 1155; A.S.G. Edwards, 'Medieval manuscripts owned by William Browne of Tavistock' in 'Books and Collectors 1200-1700: Essays presented to Andrew Watson', ed. J.P. Carley and C.G.C. Tite, (London, 1997), 448 n.16; 'Bibliographie annuelle du moyen-âge tardif', vol. 1 (1991)-., 8 (1998) no. 1530; R. Sharpe, 'A Handlist of the Latin Writers of Great Britain and Ireland before 1540', Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin 1, (2001) 112; R.M. Thomson, 'William of Malmesbury', (Woodbridge, 2003), 61; M. Winterbottom and R.M. Thomson (eds.), 'Gesta pontificum Anglorum: The history of the English bishops', Volume 1: Text and Transmission (Oxford, 2007), xv; M.L. Colker (ed.), 'Petronius Rediuiuus Et Helias Tripolanensis' (Leiden, 2007)Record entry (BA1.919) for TCD MS 514 on Medieval Libraries of Great Britain (MLGB3) online:[accessed 23 April 2021]
  • Flyleaf inscriptions (1) in several late 13th- and 14th-century hands: ‘Willelmus de gestis pontificum. anglie / in Cum. B. retro / Liber Sancti Augustini Cant’. Di.ix ga. iii.’; note ‘de Malmesberi.’ inserted above top line in later hand; title repeated below ‘Willelmus de Malmesbery de gestis pontificum Anglie’ in a 15th-century hand. MS recorded in library catalogue of St Augustine’s Abbey (TCD MS 360) as item number BA1.919. This volume may have been owned by John Selden, as the volume corresponds to the poet William Browne’s (c. 1590-c. 1645) account of witnessing a copy of the Gesta pontificum Anglorum from St Augustine’s Abbey ‘in the hands of’ John Selden and recording the reading ‘iuxta Taui Fluuium’ at Book II, Chapter 95 (William Browne, ‘Britannia’s Pastorals’, Bk I (London, 1613) STC 3914) that accords with MS 602, folio 42 line 17 (another recorded St Augustine copy of Gesta pontificum Anglorum, item BA1.918 is now lost). Manuscript features shelfmark of the book collection of The Most Reverend James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (r. 1625-1656), ‘EEE 10.’ (1, flyleaf). The Ussher library was gifted by King Charles II to Trinity College Dublin in 1661.
  • Digitisation work was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Resource type
  • colored ink
  • ink
  • parchment (animal material)
  • morocco (leather)
  • English
Digital Object Id
  • MS602_001
  • 0152390