Burnell, Edward

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume written by Edward Burnell entitled 'Epitome ecclesiastice historie Nicephori calisti'. The Epitome, in its imperfect state, extends as far as the time of Justinian, Emperor of the East. The manuscript is illustrated throughout with many marginal pen-drawings of the persons and events dealt with. At the head of the title-page is an inaccurate attempt to reproduce the arms of Philip and Mary, King and Queen of England. The ecclesiastical arms at the foot of the page (repeated on folio 80) have not been identified.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Burnell was a Professor of Greek at Rostock University in Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany). Rostock University was founded in 1419, making it the oldest university in Northern Europe.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The manuscript was part of the collection of Sir Thomas Phillips, 1st Baronet (1792-1872), as MS 9583. It was later part of the Bacon Society's Library (No.223), which was transferred to the University of London Library.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript quarto, with at least one gathering missing at the end. Bound in blind-stamped calf, repaired. Illustrated with pen-drawings.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.