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.
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