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  1. 1. Chronica Majora
  2. 2. Provenance
  3. 3. Prologue to the Chronica Majora “ The lives and customs of good men from the past are revived here for subsequent imitation; the examples of evil men are not described to be emulated but to be shunned. Moreover, past prodigies and portents, whether they be famine, death, or other scourges of divine punishment, are given as signals to the faithful insofar as their memory is committed in writing so that, if ever similar events occur again, sinners who have incurred God’s wrath may repent and appease him.” –Roger Wendover, trans. Suzanne Lewis
  4. 4. <ul><li>“ The lives and customs of good men from the past are revived here for subsequent imitation; the examples of evil men are not described to be emulated but to be shunned. Moreover, past prodigies and portents, whether they be famine, death, or other scourges of divine punishment, are given as signals to the faithful insofar as their meory is committed in writing so that, if ever similar events occur again, sinners who have incurred God’s wrath may repent and appease him.” –Roger Wendover, trans. Suzanne Lewis </li></ul>Prologue to the Chronica Majora
  5. 5. Texts
  6. 6. Audience
  7. 7. Constructing the Manuscript
  8. 8. Dimensions <ul><li>260 x 195mm </li></ul><ul><li>Vellum </li></ul><ul><li>Double columns of 56 lines </li></ul><ul><li>13 quires varying between 8, 10 and 12 folios </li></ul><ul><li>5 half-leaf insertions, 1 full-leaf </li></ul><ul><li>6 further leaves with itineraries at the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>2 with illustrations at the end </li></ul><ul><li>2 fly leaves on the front, one at the back </li></ul>
  9. 9. Quire Numbering
  10. 10. A Tale of Two Books
  11. 11. Fly Leaf
  12. 12. Headings
  13. 13. The Stormin ’ Normans
  14. 14. Authorship
  15. 15. Scribe ’ s Hand
  16. 16. Rubric
  17. 17. “ A magnificent historian and chronicler…an artist unequalled in the Latin world”, “his excellence in . . . painting is clear enough” – Thomas Walsingham, St. Alban’s chronicler (Lewis 15; Vaughan 209) “… not a highly original or forward-looking artist” (Lewis 16) Matthew Paris – which was he? “ When, at the end of his life . . . Matthew found it impossible to continue writing, he handed over his pen to his assistant, whose hand . . . took over the decorative and minor pictorial work . . . clearly what happened was that Matthew called in a helper who . . . executed as best he could the pictorial work” (Vaughan, 215-6)
  18. 18. Itineraries and Maps - Jerusalem Folio i V Folio ii R
  19. 19. Itineraries and Maps – Mappa Mundi Folio vii V “ . . . Matthew’s scheme appears to have been at least partly dictated by the format of the page, so that the northern and western coasts of Europe are absolutely straight, without attempting to represent the true coastline” (Lewis 372)
  20. 20. Hereford Mappa Mundi
  21. 21. Margins Crucifixion Folio 18 R Baptism Folio 127 V Battle (of Hattin, under Saladin) Folio 140 R
  22. 22. Curiosities Folio iii V Folio iii V Part 2
  23. 23. Curiosities Folio 12 Verso Folio 11 Recto
  24. 24. Curiosities Folio 65 Recto Folio 66 Verso
  25. 25. <ul><li>Clemens, Raymond, and Timothy Graham. Introduction to manuscript studies . Cornell University Press, 2007. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Connolly, Daniel K. “Imagined Pilgrimage in the Itinerary Maps of Matthew Paris.” The Art Bulletin 81.4 (1999): 598-622. Web. 30 Nov. 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Finegan, Jack. Encountering New Testament Manuscripts: A Working Introduction to Textual Criticism . Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1980. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Jackson, Peter. The Mongols and the West, 1221-1410 . Pearson Education, 2005. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Lewis, Suzanne. The art of Matthew Paris in the Chronica majora . University of California Press, 1987. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Paris OSB, Matthew. Chronica maiora . </li></ul>Works cited

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