Fragment of a Compendium of the Genealogy of Christ


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Written by Peter of Poitiers, chancellor at the University of Paris from 1193 to 1205, and frequently copied, the Compendium historiale in genealogia Christi is an account of world history in the form of a genealogical tree of Christ. In addition to line drawings of the Nativity and the biblical kings David and Zedekiah, the manuscript contains diagrams of the Mansions in the Desert (where the Israelites stopped during the Exodus), the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and the city of Jerusalem.

Fragment of a Compendium of the Genealogy of Christ, Ink on parchment, British

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