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Histoire Universelle

Four richly decorated copies of the Histoire Universelle (also known as the Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César) were produced at the scriptorium of Acre in the late thirteenth century. The Histoire Universelle records the history of the world from the time of creation to the invasion of Flanders by Julius Caesar, and draws upon biblical narrative, mythology, and classical history for its content. Written in the early thirteenth century by an anonymous author for Roger IV, Castellan of Lille, the text became very popular and was translated and transcribed into manuscripts throughout the west and Latin East. See also the entry on the Histoire Universelle on the French of Italy website.

Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, MS. 10175
Dijon, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS. 562
London, British Library, Add. MS. 15268
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS. Fr. 20125 (Vellum, xiiiiv)

Visser-van Terwisga, Marijke de. Ed. Histoire Ancienne jusqu’a César (Estoires Rogier). Orléans, NY: Paradigme, 1995.

Secondary Literature
Derbes, Anne and Sandona, Marc. “Amazons and Crusaders: the Histoire Universelle in Flanders and the Holy Land.”  In France and the Holy Land: Frankish Culture at the End of the Crusades. Edited by Daniel Weiss and Lisa Mahoney. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. 187-229.

Meyer, Paul. “Les premières compilations français d’histoire ancienne,” Romania 14 (1885), 1-81.