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    World History by the Fictitious
    Monk of Westminster

    Matthew of Paris [so-called Matthew of Westminster]. Flores Historiarum Per Matthæum Westmonasteriensem Collecti, Præcipue de rebus Britannicis ab exordio mundi usque ad Annum Domini. 1307. London: Thomas Marsh, 1570. Folio. 1 [fleuron] A-2N 2O , 3A-3S 3T (3T1+chi1) 3V-4Q * 2*. [10], 440, 218, [2], 219-466, [22] pages. Engraved architectural title page, large decorated initials. Bookplate of "John Plumptre" on front pastedown, early owner's holograph ink notes on title page. Old calf, rebacked with old spine laid down, spine with leather title label and gilt device designs in compartments. Boards rubbed and scuffed, some surface leather loss, corners bumped and worn, small hole in rear joint near foot of spine from biopredation; title page and last leaves slightly shorter, some holograph ink underlining, marks and notes, dampstains, light browning, small holes from biopredation in margins of last leaves. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Matthew of Westminster: The name given to the supposed author of a well-known English chronicle, the 'Flores Historiarum'. The misunderstanding regarding this imaginary personage originated in the title of a rather late manuscript of this history (Cotton, Claudius, E, 8) which describes the work as 'liber qui Flores Historiarum intiulatur secundum Matthaeum monachum Westmonasteriensem'. This seems to be due to the blunder of some copyist, who, perceiving that the latter part of the chronicle was written at Westminster while the greater portion followed the history of Matthew Paris, concluded that the said Matthew was himself a monk of Westminster. The 'Flores Historiarum' in its fullest form extends from the Creation to 1326, but many manuscripts stop short at 1306. From 1259, where Matthew Paris ends, it possesses considerable historical value. The compilation from 1259-65 was made at St. Albans; from 1265-1325 it bears evident signs that the various writers who contributed to it lived at Westminster. The chronicle was printed for the first time by Archbishop Parker in 1567 and was attributed by him, following Bale and Joscelin, to 'Matthew of Westminster'.

     

    "Matthew of Westminster is a fictitious author, the Flores is a compilation of materials from different authors at St Albans and Westminster. This edition was edited by Archbishop Matthew Parker and is expanded from the 1567 printed with additions from Matthew of Paris" [CE].

     

    Parker (1504-75) is to be lauded for his great efforts in preparing the earliest editions of the most important English chronicle histories while, as Archbishop of Canterbury, he was embroiled in the religious controversies of his day.

     

    STC 17653a. ESTC s112615. Lowndes 1517.

     

     



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