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JOHN BEVER, A. D. 1290, A Benedictine Monk, wrote a Chronicle beginning with the arrival of Brutus in England, down to Henry III :in MS. in the Cotton Library.
BARTHOLOMEW, of Cotton, A. D. 1292, Wrote an English History, in three books; the first is on British affairs; the second is on the Saxon and Norman times; and the third is an Ecclesiastical History from A. D. 1125 to A. D. 1292:- in MS. in the Cotton Library.
SOZOMEN, A. D. 1292, Is Author of a Chronicle, from the Creation to A. D. 1292:-in Biblioth. Fesulan.
GREGORY, Archbishop of Armenia, A. D. 1293,
Born at Sisis in Cilicia, wrote a Letter to Hayto refuting the Armenian Errors :-C.Galan. Conciliat. Eccles. Arm. pt. i. p. 435 :-he put together also some Hymns used in the Armenian Church :-Galan. p. 419.
BONIFACE VIII., Bishop of Rome, A. D. 1294, Succeeded Cælestine V., whom he had persuaded to abdicate : his government was very oppressive, distinguished for fanaticism, and the dominion of party rather than of Law : he died A. D. 1303 :- he is Author of several Epistles and Constitutions, in Concil. vol. xi. ap. Bzov. and ap. Wadding. :-on the Year of Jubilee :-and a book of Decretals :-8vo. Francof. 1586.
RICOLDUS, A. D. 1296, Translated and commented on the Koran :-J. Oporin. Basil. 1550:-a book to the Eastern Nations, on the Differences between the Jews, Gentiles, and Mohammedans: -in MS. in the Florence Library.
ÆGIDIUS, de COLUMNA, A. D. 1299,
:-on the four books of Sentences :— Romæ, 1023:-on Original Sin :-Oxon. 1479:-on Theology :- Venet. 1501 :—on the Rule of Princes :-Romæ, 1482:-eleven Tracts, on Metaphysics, Logic, Natural Philosophy, &c. :-Venct. :—and Commentaries on the Six Days' Work:—Venet. 1521:- Bellarmine gives a long list of other Works.
ARMAND, de BELLOVISU, A. D. 1296, Wrote on the Psalms-Meditations,-and Prayers: Mogunt. 1503 :-Sermons:-Brix. 1610:-An Explanation of Philosophic and Theological Terms :-Wittemb. 1623.
ENGELBERT, Albot in STYRIA, A. D. 1297, Wrote a History of the Romans:-J. Cluten, 8vo. Offenbach. 1610 :- A Poem, in honor of Rodolf of Hapsburg :-among the German Historians.
THOMAS WICKE, A. D. 1299, Wrote a History of England, from William I. to the death of Edward I., A. D. 1303:-int. Hist. Anglic. Script. vol. ii. Oxon. 1687.
The Works of unknown Authors during this Century, of which and the succeeding one, the Writers are nearly all valueless, and therefore, merely the list of their Works is given, are,—the Annals of Morgan, Annals of Burton, On the Deposition of Bishops, History of Melross Abbey, History of the Longobards, Ecclesiastical History of Limoges, Annals of Winchester, An Arabian Chronicle, the Danish History, Annals of the Church of Menoy, a Chronicle of the Dukes of Brunswic. With the exception of three or four Authors there is none whose Works will at all repay the Reader for the perusal of a single page of them.
JOHANNES BRANDO: obiit A. D. 1428.
In conclusion, I may introduce an Author here very little known, because his work is still confined to Manuscript, which work may be considered as a continuous well connected chain, bringing down the whole History of the known world, from the Creation to the beginning of the fifteenth Century; forming, not only a chronological succession of events, but also of Authors and their Works, both Prophane and Sacred, Ecclesiastical and Civil, through the long lapse of 5835 years; and may serve in this place as a Synopsis of the Succession of Sacred Literature :" it is the
CHRONODROMON of JOHN BRANDO.
Of this Writer and his work I am enabled to give a satisfactory account from an entry in the first page of the first Volume of the splendid MS. that lies before me. It is as follows:
“ JOHANNES BRANDO, Natione Flandr. ex pago Hontenessa, territorii Hulstensis, Religiosus Monasterii nostri de Dunis, S. T. Doctor Parisiensis, scripsit Chronicon celeberrimum ab origine Mundi usque ad annum 1414, quod ipse inscripsit CHRONODROMON, id est Cursus Temporum.
Jacobus Meyerus in concinnandis Flandriæ Annalibus fatetur se hoc Libro non parum adjectum. Reperitur adhuc MS. in Monte Blandinio Gandavi, in S. Bertino Audomari Aldenburgi, in Flandria.-Cænobiis or. dinis S. Benedicti.- Et Lovanii in Collegio Atrebatensi ; Tribus Tomis in Pergameno : opus visu et lectu dignissimum, 8c.
Obiit Brugi in Dunensi Refugio, anno 1428, die 13 Julii. Porrò, CHRONODROMUM Lovanii extantem, vidi anno 1651. Est opus nitidissimè exaratum, in magno folio in Pergameno: Primi Tomi Initium est, Quemadmodum ex veteris noveque sacre Pagine fonte, &c.
Tomus Secundus sic incipit, Jam vetustatis horrida squalescens in umbra, &c.
Tomus Tertius, sic, Moris est imbecillium, &c.
Ila habet R. D. Carolus de Visch in sua
Pag. 176, Edit. Col. an. 1656.
From this description, the Copy in question is the identical Copy examined at Louvain by Visch. It is splendidly bound in pale Russia by one of the first workmen ; and is the finest Ms. I have ever seen, either in public or private Libraries : the Writing is a beautiful Gothic, and is perfect in its kind : and all Dates, Æras, &c., beautifully distinguished by a very bright red and blue.
The first volume is composed of smaller skins of Vellum than the others, stands eighteen inches high, and is thirteen inches broad. The second and third volumes stand twenty-one inches high, and are fourteen inches broad.
Whether the Vellum, which is white, beautiful, and even ;-the Writing, in which neither the hand of the Writer nor the Pen ever seems to fall off or change ;-or the Correctness, which appears to be without error ;-or the Binding he considered, the MS. is of unequalled splendor : and 'y two others are known to exist.
The first page of each volume is highly ornamented with fine broad Borders, and elegantly finished Miniatures, viz.
In the first volume there is a fine Portrait of the Author, Brundo, sitting at his desk writing. At the bot