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W.796, Peter of Poitiers' Historical genealogy of Christ


This English manuscript was created in the early thirteenth century soon after the death of its author, Peter of Poitiers, theologian and Chancellor of the University of Paris from 1193 to 1205. It is an early copy of his text, the Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi. Intended as a teaching aid, the work provides a visual genealogy of Christ comprised of portraits in roundels, accompanied by a text discussing the historical background of Christ's lineage. It also includes episodes from biblical history, including Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, the Nativity, the Virgin and Child, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. Early manuscripts like this tend to be in the form of a book, and other examples can be found in London, British Library Cotton MS Faustina B VII, and Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 83. Later manuscripts of this text are often presented in roll form.

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    1. Upper board outside

      W.796, Upper board outside
    2. Upper board inside

      W.796, Upper board inside
    3. Front flyleaf i, r

      W.796, Front flyleaf i, r
    4. Front flyleaf i, v

      W.796, Front flyleaf i, v
    5. Front flyleaf ii, r

      W.796, Front flyleaf ii, r
    6. Front flyleaf ii, v

      W.796, Front flyleaf ii, v
    7. fol. 1r

      W.796, fol. 1r
    8. fol. 1v

      W.796, fol. 1v
    9. fol. 2r

      W.796, fol. 2r
    10. fol. 2v

      W.796, fol. 2v
    11. fol. 3r

      W.796, fol. 3r
    12. fol. 3v

      W.796, fol. 3v
    13. fol. 4r

      W.796, fol. 4r
    14. fol. 4v

      W.796, fol. 4v
    15. Back flyleaf i, r

      W.796, Back flyleaf i, r
    16. Back flyleaf i, v

      W.796, Back flyleaf i, v
    17. Back flyleaf ii, r

      W.796, Back flyleaf ii, r
    18. Back flyleaf ii, v

      W.796, Back flyleaf ii, v
    19. Lower board inside

      W.796, Lower board inside
    20. Lower board outside

      W.796, Lower board outside
    21. Spine

      W.796, Spine
    22. Fore-edge

      W.796, Fore-edge
    23. Head

      W.796, Head
    24. Tail

      W.796, Tail

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