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(University of Leicester, 2010; last update 2013)

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The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220

Orietta Da Rold

London, British Library, Cotton Julius A. ii

London, British Library, Cotton Julius A. ii

The Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060 to 1220

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English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220 |

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Ælfric's Grammar and Glossary; Dialogue of Adrian and Ritheus; Distichs of Cato, &c.

Date: s. ximed; s. xiimed


A composite manuscript made up of three units, which now contains six items. Part 1, item 1: fols 1-9, a fragment of Bede's De Temporibus, datable to s. ximed. Part 2, item 2: fols 10- 135, Ælfric's Grammar and Ælfric's Glossary, datable to s. ximed.

Part 3, Item 3, fols 136-37, a prayer beginning 'Æla drihten leof. æla dema god' (Dobbie 1942, p. 94; Grein & Wülcker 1881-98, ii, p. 211). Lines 15-22 on fol. 137 are blank. Item 4, fols 137v-40, Dialogue of Adrian and Ritheus, beginning 'Adrianus cwæð to Ritheus. Saga me hu lange wæs Adam on neorxnaƿange' (Kemble 1848, p. 198; Förster 1897, p. 433). Lines 21-22 on fol. 140 are blank. Item 5, fol. 140v, notes on two thieves, Note on Noah's Ark, the church of St. Peter, the temple of Solomon, the world and the number of bones etc. in the human body, beginning 'Her sagað embe þa twegen sceðan' (Napier 1889, p. 5; Förster 1897, p. 433). Item 6, fols 141- 4v, a translation of some of the Distichs of Cato , beginning '[N]e beo þu to slapor. ne to idelgeorn' followed by some apophthegms that are independent of the Distichs (Förster 1897, p. 342), ending imperfectly 'þæt ðe lycað' (Kemble 1848, p. 258). The four items in the third part are datable to s. xiimed.

Manuscript Items:

  1. Item: fols 136r-37r

      Title (A.28): A Prayer

      Incipit: (136r/1) Æla drihten leof. æla dema god

      Explicit: (137r/14) herian heofonas god. haligum reorde. á butan ende. amen

      Text Language: English

      Other versions of the text: Also in London, Lambeth Palace 427, fol. 183v


  2. Item: fols 137v-40r

      Title (B.5.2): Prose Dialogues: Adrian and Ritheus

      Incipit: (137v/1) ADRIANVS cwæð to Ritheus. Saga me hu lange wæs Adam on neorxnawange

      Explicit: (140r/20) ˥ bið gewiten þrim dagum

      Text Language: English


  3. Item: fol. 140v

      Title (B.24.12.1): Note on Noah's Ark, etc.

      Incipit: (140v/1) Her sagað embe þa twegen sceðan

      Explicit: (140v/21) Mana hafað bana twa hundred ˥ nigontine... þritti þusend daga ˥ six hundred

      Text Language: English


  4. Item: fols 141r-44v

      Title (B.7.1): Proverbs: Distichs of Cato

      Incipit: (141r/1) Ne beo þu to slaþor

      Explicit: (144v/22) Gyf ðu wylt habbe æt monigum men þæt ðe lycað

      Text Language: English

      Note: Ends imperfectly


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Form: Codex

Support: Parchment


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All three units have been independently foliated on several occasions (Doane 2007, p. 112).



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