RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 527
Extentff. 68
TitleCHRONICLE. PROPHECIES OF MERLIN ETC.
Date14th century
DescriptionTitle by Sancroft.

1. Chronicle. The first page illegible: partly worn away, partly
obscured by galls. The text begins with a large T
- fil. matussale (1b).
Hanc genelogiam - ex tradicione veterum qui incole fuerunt in
primis in Britannia
Britannia insularum breuissima (!) omnibus bonis habundans
cui quondam Albion nomen fuit
Part of 2a is obscured by galls.
The Chronicle goes down to Edward I and ends with the
descent of his daughter Johanna de Acres - Alienora -mar-
gareta quam duxit dux brabancie et habuit prolem elizabet
quam duxit comes herfordie.
There are many references to the prophecies of Merlin.

2. Inc. prophecia aquile quando edificata fuit Wintonia et
Sephonica tempore Regis Rudhudibras. ipse regnauit in
anglia ante Bladud patrem leir regis ante incarn. dom.
quando Rex Salomon edificauit templum in ierusalem . . . . . 44
Sicut Rubeum draconem expellit albus. Sic iuuenem occidet
tenebrosus. Per rubeum draconem inteliguntur britones
- Explicit, i. tunc erit dies iudicii.
Seems identical with the text in Nero A. IV. (Ward, Cat. of
Rom. I. 297).

3. Inc. prophecia Merlini uates et eius exposicio secundum mag.
Galfridum arturi . . . . . 46
Sedente Wortigerno rege britonum super ripam exhausti
stagni
In the lower margin are rough drawings of the red and brown (!)
dragons and these are followed by other very rough pictures
of the beasts etc. mentioned in the prophecy (as also in Nero
A. IV.).
The exposition (not by Geoffrey) is intercalated into the text,
e.g. (Merlinus) prorumpens in fletum ait. *Ve rubeo draconi
nam exterminacio eius festinat. Galfridus.* Hii duo dracones
significant britones et saxones. There is comparatively little
of the exposition: soon the text is given without additions.
It ends: sonitum inter sydera confident. Mutii radii con-
surgent equora et pulius veterum renouabitur et exurget.
Expl. proph. merlini qui fuit de genere britonum.
Cum hec merlinus coram Rege (Galf. Mon. viii. I)
- veneno aucupabuntur. Nec mora crastina dies illuxit et
applicuerunt duo fratres etc. Non sunt reuelanda misteria
nisi cum summa necessitas incubuerit. Nam si ea in deri-
sionem ad uanam iactanciam proferrem taceret spiritus qui
me docet nec aliter ualerem loqui quam ceteri homines. Hec
sunt sumpta de libro bruti. Videtur ergo quod ille qui noluit
loqui ad uanam gloriam nec in derisione nec ad iactanciam.
Videtur quod bonus spiritus loquebatur per eum et non
malus.
The text of Nero A. IV. (l.c. p. 298) which is imperfect at the
end.

4. Istud scribit Beda in fine hystorie anglorum de se ipso . . . . . 59b
Hec de hystoria ecclesiastica
- fructum pie intercessionis inueniam (H.E. VI. fin.).

5. Miscellaneous notes . . . . . 61
From Orosius. Incarnation A.M. 5119 etc.
360 towers at Rome.
S. Helena translated to France.
Premonstratensian order founded.
Order of Friars. Hugo de Vienna floruit.
S. Edmund of Canterbury canonized.
Treasure found by Tiberius. Prophecy on gold plate found at
Constantinople.
Two-bodied woman. Prophecy found at Toledo temp. Fre-
derick II.
Wall of Severus. Palladius. Wilfrid.

6. Vindicta Saluatoris et Mors Pilati . . . . . 63
De capcione Ierusalem a Tyto et Vespasiano.
In diebus imperii tyberii cesaris
Cf. Tischendorf, Evv. Apocr. p. 471 (a different text)
- demergantur in profundum anerues (!) in hodiernum diem.

7. Notes on Rome. The Churches and Cardinals etc. . . . . . 67
Quinque sunt sedes in roma patriarchales
Ends 68b, the last line much rubbed.
FindingAidsCatalogue description based on M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932)
PhysicalDescriptionVellum, 7 7/8 x 4 1/2; 33, 26, etc. lines to a page in a decent hand approaching charter type.
Calf binding, pr. 1s.
Collation: 1(12)-5(12) 6(8).
CustodialHistoryAt bottom of 68b reversed is (cent. xvi): Ex dono amicissimi mei Thomae More generosi et honestissimi viri
Daniel Gray (?) (the surname is obscured by the library stamp).

Former Cambridge shelfmark: C. [theta]. 41 (see published catalogue by M. R. James and Concordance IV in N. R. Ker, 'Archbishop Sancroft's Rearrangement of the Manuscripts of Lambeth Palace', in E. G. W. Bill, 'A Catalogue of Manuscripts in Lambeth Palace Library MSS. 1222-1860', Oxford, 1972).
Later shelfmark: octavo 58
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1294

Available from World Microfilms Publications:
"Lambeth Palace Library: The Mediaeval Manuscripts" Section IV. Humanistic Studies. Reel 33 (with MSS. 493, 502, 503, 506)
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