[Skip to main content]

About

MS. 87 A Memo of Our Holy Lords the Popes, from Innocent III – Innocent XIII

(old shelfmark **A.87)

Author:George Edward Larman (1895 – 1961)
Language:English
Origin:England, York
Date:20th c., 1939 - 1950
Material:Parchment
Physical Description:iv parchment flyleaves + 90 pages (paginated i – ii, 1 – 88; see Notes) + iii parchment flyleaves, 200 x 150 (150 x 105) mm, 26 long lines, ruled in pencil
Rubric:(p. i) Book of Arms of our holy Lords the Popes from Innocent iii to Innocent xiii
Incipit:(p. 1) Arms of the Popes of the xiii and xivth centuries
2o folio:Urban IV Jacques de Troyes (P. 5, current secundo folio); Honorius IV Giacomo Savelli (p. 3, actual secundo folio)
Explicit:After much illness & suffering he died ix Marc (sic) mdccxxiv. Buried in S. Peters
Contents:p. i, Title page; pp. 1 – 9, Arms of 13th and 14th century Popes; p. 10, Arms of the Antipopes during the Great Schism (1378 – 1417); pp. 11 – 86, Short biographies and arms of Popes from Martin V 1417 – 1431) – Innocent XIII (1721 – 1724)
Script:Pseudo Gothic Bookhand (cursive)
Scribe:George Edward Larman (1895 – 1961)
Artist::George Edward Larman (1895 – 1961)
Decoration:

Title-page comprising a large historiated initial (Papal tiara and crossed keys of St Peter) in blue with white decoration on a quartered gold and diapered blue ground, with gold display script on a pink and blue ground with white decoration, accompanied by a three-sided bar and spraywork border with foliate motifs; 34 historiated initials [4– 14 l.] in blue or pink with white decoration on green, blue and pink diapered grounds for biographies of most Popes and introduction to section from Martin V; ornamental initials [ 10 – 12 l.] in blue or pink with white decoration on green, blue and pink diapered grounds for biographies of other Popes; 75 painted shields of arms, frequently with a papal tiara above and crossed keys behind, for the Popes; three-sided bar and spraywork borders with foliate motifs for all historiated initials (except p. 11, which has spraywork only) and arms of 13th and 14th century Popes (pp. 2 – 10); bar linefillers in blue, orange and red with white decoration

p. 1, Arms of 13th and 14th century Popes [A, ca. 8 l.] Papal tiara and crossed keys. p. 11, Popes from the end of the Great Schism [A, ca. 5 l.] Crossed keys. p. 12, Martin V (1417 – 14310) [M, 7 L.] Holy Spirit descending to walled city (Rome?). p.14, Eugenius IV (1431 - 1447) [E, 7 l.] Pope praying before Virgin and Child. p.16, Nicholas V (1447 – 1455) [N, 7 l.] Pope sitting reading. p. 18, Calixtus III (1455 – 1458) [C, 7 l.] Pope, vested as a cardinal, blessing, holding patriarchal cross. p.20, Pius II (1458 – 1464) [P, 4 l.] Gold crescent (badge of de' Piccolomini family). p.21, Paul II (1464 – 1471) [P, 5 l.] St Paul. p.22, Sixtus IV (1471 – 1484) [S, 7 l.] Oak tree and acorns (charge on arms of della Revere family). p.28, Alexander VI (1492 – 1503) [A, 8 l.] Profile bust of pope, facing left. p.30, Pius III (1503) [P, 9 l.] Profile bust of pope, facing right. p.34, Leo X (1513 – 1521) [L, 8 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.36, Hadrian VI (1521 – 1523) [A, 8 l.] Profile bust of pope, facing right. p.38, Clement VII (1523 – 1534) [C, 8 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.40, Paul III (1534 – 15149) [P, 11 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.44, Marcellus II (1555) [M, 7 l.] Pope praying before St Peter. p.46, Paul IV (1555 – 1559) [P, 11 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.48, Pius IV (1559 – 1565) Pope and bishops in council (Council of Trent). p.50, Pius V (1566 – 1572) [P, 12 l.] Bust of nimbed pope. p.52, Gregory XIII (1572 – 1585) [G, 12 l.] Profile Portrait bust of pope. p.54, Sixtus V (1585 – 1590) [S, 13 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.56, Urban VII (1590) [U, 8 l.] Pope at prayer, vision on Christ Crucified above. p.58, Gregory XIV (1590 – 1591) [G, 7 l.] Tree with star (charges on Sfondrati arms). p.62, Clement VIII (1592 – 1605) [C, 7 l.] Profile bust of pope, facing left. p.64, Leo XI (1605) [L, 9 l.] Arms of Alessandro Medici quartered with diaper pattern. p.66, Paul V (1605 – 1621) [P, 7 l.] Profile bust of pope, facing right. p.68, Gregory XV (1621 – 1623) [G, 7 l.] Martyrdom of St Peter. p.70, Urban VIII (1623 – 1644) [U, 11 l.] Bust of pope in full pontificals. p.72, Innocent X (1644 – 1655) [I, 12 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.74, Alexander VII (1655 – 1667) [A, 13 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.76, Clement IX (1667 – 1669) Portrait bust of pope. p.78, Clement X (1670 – 1676) [C, 9 l.] 6-pointed star (charge on Altieri arms). p.80, Innocent XI (1676 – 1689) [I, 13 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.82, Alexander VIII (1689 – 1691) [A, 12 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.84, Innocent XII (1691 – 1700) [I, 12 l.] Portrait bust of pope. p.86, Clement XI (1700 – 1721) [C, 8 l.] Papal tiara with crossed keys

Provenance:George Edward Larman (1895 – 1961); his bequest to Sidney Eric Clark of York; his gift to Trinity Hall, 2004
Binding:1950, (Sidney Eric Clark, York) brown pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, leather over endbands
Notes:The title and dating of the MS are taken from a note about the volume by Sidney Eric Clark, now kept with the MS.
Bibliography: 

© Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Return to previous page

The Old Library Blog

Support Trinity Hall

Trinity Hall relies on the generosity of its members past and present for its continued development.

Make a gift: Donate online now

Latest News

21 November 2017

Pavement poetry in Front Court

20 November 2017

Memorial for Lavinia Hinton

See All News >>

[Go back to the top of the page]