The Chronicles of Rome

January 1999
3 black and white illustrations
320 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Medieval Chronicles
ISBN: 9780851155975
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

The Chronicles of Rome

An Edition of the Middle English The Chronicle of Popes and Emperors and the Lollard Chronicle

Edited by Dan Embree

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First full English edition of the only surviving Middle English texts devoted to the lives of the popes and emperors of Rome.
The two Middle English chronicles presented here record the lives of the popes and emperors of Rome; they are the only surviving Middle English texts devoted principally to such material. The first is the fourteenth-century Chronicle of Popes and Emperors, a translation and abbreviation of Martinus Polonus's thirteenth-century Chronicon Pontificum et Imperatorum; it served as a reference book for clerics and religious institutions, providing some 300 biographies. The second is the Lollard Chronicle, a selection of popes' and emperors' biographies aiming to discredit the papacy and justify the sovereignty of secular authorities in accordance with Wycliffite doctrines; it provides vital evidence for a Lollard reading of history.
This volume is the first in a series which aims to publish previously unedited Middle English chronicles of historical or literary importance.

Professor DAN EMBREE teaches at Mississippi State University.


Their very existence is an historical fact of interest which has eminently justified this edition. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
Careful scholarly editions of the only two surviving Middle English treatises of any length devoted exclusively to European political and ecclesiastical history... the most valuable service provided by Embree in this edition is a massive set of explanatory notes in which the factual materials in these chronicles are carefully sorted out from fictional ones. SPECULUM

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