Radulfi de Diceto Decani Lundoniensis opera historica: Volume 1: The Historical Works of Master Ralph de Diceto, Dean of London

Radulfi de Diceto Decani Lundoniensis opera historica: Volume 1: The Historical Works of Master Ralph de Diceto, Dean of London

by Ralph de Diceto

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Overview

Ralph de Diceto (d.1199/1200), dean of St Paul's, was both a painstaking compiler of information and an intellectual historian of remarkably wide vision. This two-volume collection of his writings, originally published in 1876, covers the history of the world from the Creation to 1202 (it was continued posthumously). The historian J. F. A. Mason wrote that the Abbreviationes chronicorum (included in Volume 1, together with the first part of the more important Ymagines historiarum) at the time represented the most ambitious attempt at a world history made by an Englishman. In his preface as editor to this volume, William Stubbs (1825-1901) gives a characteristically thorough background to the author, writing extensively on, among other topics, the question of Ralph's mysterious name. His edition also benefits from the reintroduction of Ralph's elsewhere-omitted marginal signa: a pictorial code of crosses, swords, and crowns being torn at by jealous hands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108049337
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/03/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Rolls Series
Pages: 582
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviationes chronicorum; Capitula ymaginum historiarum; Ymagines historiarum.

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