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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 219: Gesta Alexandri.

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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 219: Gesta Alexandri.
Alternate Title:
Gesta Alexandri
ff. 70
Approximate Date:
[ca. 1100 - 1199]
Parker Manuscripts
CCCC MS 219, dating from the fifteenth century, is one of only two known surviving copies of the St Albans Compilation of the Gesta Alexandri (the other being in Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College MS 154/204) thought to have been written by Ralph Gobion, abbot of St Albans (1146-51). The manuscript also contains the spurious exchange of letters between Alexander the Great and the eastern potentate Dindimus. The volume is one of seven that James speculated may have been donated to the College by Daniel Rogers (see also MSS 206, 221, 229, 231 and 239) in addition to the seven that can certainly be traced to that donor (MSS 214, 223, 224, 228, 230, 236 and 248). Rogers is presumably to be identified with the scholar, poet, author and diplomat who rose to be clerk to Elizabeth I's Privy Council in 1587 and died in 1591, and who is known to have collected a number of manuscripts of an historical character. A perhaps sixteenth-century note on the last folio of the volume refers to land held in Urswick, Lancashire, by the duke of Suffolk.