Willelmus Malmesburiensis de Gestis Pontificum


  • Willelmus Malmesburiensis de Gestis Pontificum
  • Trinity College Cambridge
  • The Gesta Pontificum Anglorum (Latin for "Deeds of the Bishops of the English"), is an ecclesiastical history of England written by William of Malmesbury in the early 12th century. It covers the period from the arrival of St Augustine in AD 597 until the time it was written. The first version of the work was completed in about 1125. William drew upon extensive research, first-hand experience and a number of sources to produce the work. The History of the English Bishops is one of the most important sources regarding the ecclesiastical history of England for the period after the death of Bede.
  • From Malmesbury?. On the fly-leaf is Istum librum recepit mutuo dominus J. Exon. episcopus ab Abbate Malmisberi Anno Domini Mo. ccc.xxxij prima die Julij. Et restituit eumdem priori de Pyltone anno sequenti, prima die Maij. The borrower is John Grandison, Bp of Exeter. On f.1b at the bottom: Istum librum recepit mutuo dominus abbas Glaston. xiiij die mensis ffebruar' anno domini millmoccccmoxj restituendum ad festum S. Michaelis proxime futurum.
  • Double columns of 34 lines. In a fine close upright hand. 
  • 28cm x 21 cm
  • Vellum
  • Written in Latin
  • 12th Century
  • This book appears to have been borrowed by John Grandisson, the bishop of Exeter, from Malmesbury Abbey and then returned in 1333 to Pilton Priory near Barnstaple, which was an out-station or 'dependent cell' of Malmesbury.
  • Copyright Trinity College Cambridge. Images reproduced with their permission .
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  • Shelfmark R.5.36
  • James Number 727
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