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Memoriale Temporum

Book VIII of the Tournai version of the Speculum Naturale contains a résumé of the Speculum Historiale (here indicated as Rhist-1). Its chronological history runs up to the year 1244. This Rhist-1 also knew a limited independent diffusion, under the name Memoriale Temporum. Vincent of Beauvais added a prologue to this text.


I - Additional information on the speculum text as present in the manuscript, or on other texts present in the manuscript, or on material damage; D - Date of the manuscript; P - Country, region or place of production; if available, information on the scribe(s) of the manuscript; O - Medieval and pre-modern owners of the manuscript; L - Hyperlink to digital facsimiles of the manuscript; R - Reference to manuscripts listed in other parts of the inventory, with which this manuscript at the time of its production constituted a set of volumes. Manuscripts that have been collected into a set by a single medieval collector (library) within several decades, are indicated with cf.

List of surviving manuscripts

Three manuscripts of the Memoriale Temporum survived:

  • Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, 1549

    • Siglum: MT1

    • D: 15th century

    • P: France

    • O: cl. Le Val O.Cist, Congr. Notre-Dame des Feuillants (Ex bibliotheca Fuliensi B.M. de Valle).

  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 4936

    • Siglum: MT2

    • I: This miscellany volume also contains works by Robert Grosseteste and Bonaventura, as well as an anonymous treatise on the archdiocese Rome.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: Mazarin.

  • Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, 604

    • Siglum: MT3

    • I: The chronological history has been continued up to 1269.

    • D: 13th century

    • P: Austria ?

    • O: University Libary of Vienna; since 1756 kept at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.

Editions and translations after 1700

Latin text

  • De Wailly, N., Notice sur une chronique anonyme du treizième siècle. In: Bibliothèque de l'École des Chartes 6 (1844/1845), pp. 389-395 [partial edition].

  • Excerpta e floribus historiarum auctore Adamo Claromontensi. In: Guigniaut, J.-D. and de Wailly, N. [eds], Recueil des historiens des Gaules et de la France, 21 (Paris 1855), pp. 71-75 [partial edition].

  • Holder-Egger, O. [ed.], Vincentii Bellovacensis `Memoriale omnium temporum'. In: Monumenta Germaniae historica, Scriptores 24 (Hannover 1879), pp. 154-167 [partial edition]. A digital version of the prologue, derived from Holder-Egger's edition, is available in the Bases Textuelles of the former Atelier Vincent de Beauvais at Nancy (Prologues du Speculum Maius).

  • Röhricht, R. [ed.], Testimonia de quinto bello sacro e chronicis occidentalibus excerpsit et sumptibus societatis illustrandis orientis latini monumentis, Genève 1882, pp. 97-110 (Publ. Soc. de l'Orient latin, série historique, III) [partial edition].

  • An annoted edition of the prologue to the Memoriale Temporum is available in SourcEncyMe (SOURCes des ENCYclopédies MEdiévales) of the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes at Paris.

Image: Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, 1549, f° 1ro.

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