Dr. Emily Steiner, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and Amey Hutchens, Manuscripts Cataloger in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, discuss University of Pennsylvania’s LJS 266, a collection of genealogical and chronicle material. The codex includes Biblical genealogy from Adam to Jesus and the apostles; genealogy concerning the Trojan War and the founding of Rome; the legendary history of England and France as founded by descendants of participants in the Trojan War, including the genealogy of Brut and the succeeding line of kings in England up to Coyl; the emperors of Rome; the Holy Emperors starting with Charlemagne; and the kings of France up to Charles V (crowned 1364). The introduction (f. 1r) suggests that the manuscript was meant to trace the kings of England through Richard II (1377-1399) and the popes through one named Innocent and therefore that the manuscript is incomplete.
A digital facsimile of this manuscript is available at http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/medren/4952511.
(Below) Dr. Emily Steiner presenting LJS 266 at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting, September 21, 2013, at the Kislak Special Collections Center for Rare Books and Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Library.