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The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220

William Green and Elaine Treharne

Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 421

Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 421

The Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060 to 1220

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English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220 |

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Date: s. xi3/4 (Part II)


A bipartite collection of homilies, mostly by Ælfric: Part I was written in the first half of the eleventh century; later additions, with which we are concerned here, were written at Exeter in the third quarter of the eleventh century. These later pages, pp. 3-96, 209-24, are closely related to the homiletic collections in Cleopatra B. xiii and Lambeth 489. Altogether, these contemporary texts were created for the pastoral work of Leofric, Bishop of Exeter, 1050-1072.

Manuscript Items:

  1. Item: pp. 3-25

      Title (B.1.1.24): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Pentecost

      Incipit: (p. 3) FRAM ÐAM HALGAN EASTERLICAN DÆGE | synd getealde fiftig daga to þysum | dæge.

      Text Language: English

  2. Item: pp. 25-36

      Title (B.1.2.44): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Apostle

      Incipit: (p. 25) ÐES APOSTOLICA FREOLS DÆG MANAÐ US | to sprecenne ˥ sum þing eoƿ to secg |

      Text Language: English

  3. Item: pp. 36-54

      Title (B.1.2.46): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Martyrs

      Incipit (Latin): (p. 36) Cum audieritis prelia & seditiones | nolite terreri. & reliqua.

      Incipit: (p. 36) SE HÆLEND FORESÆDE HIS LEOR- | ning

      Text Language: English

  4. Item: pp. 54-76

      Title (B.1.2.47): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Confessor

      Incipit (Latin): (foi. 54) homo quidam pergere proficisc..s | uocauit seruos suos & tradidit illis | bona sua.

      Incipit: (p. 54) VRE DRIHTEN SÆDE ÞIS BIG SPELL | his leorning cnihtum.

      Text Language: English

  5. Item: pp. 76-96

      Title (B.1.2.48): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Virgins

      Title (B.1.4.29): Ælfric, Homilies of Ælfric: Addition to Catholic Homilies II no. 44: In Natale Sanctarum Virginum

      Incipit (Latin): (p. 76) Simile est regnum celorum decem | uirginibus que accipientes [.]ampade.

      Incipit: (p. 76) Se hælend sæde gelomlice bigspell be gehƿilcum þingum his leorningcnihtum

      Text Language: English

  6. Item: pp. 209-221

      Title (B.3.4.37): Anonymous Homilies [for unspecified occasions, published]: Napier 1883 [1967], no. 46: 'Larspell'

      Incipit: (p. 209) We secgeað urum cynehlaforde

      Text Language: English

  7. Item: pp. 221-224

      Title (B.2.1.3): Wulfstan, Eschatalogical Homilies: Luke on the Last Days

      Incipit: (p. 221) CRIST cwæð on his halgan godpelle

      Text Language: English

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Object Description:

Form: Codex

Support: Parchment. Arranged HFHF, the membrane is well-prepared and in good condition.

Extent: fols 1r/1-177v/19 iv + 177 + ii. The opening flyleaves are two paper and two sixteenth-century membrane; the end flyleaves are paper only; the manuscript is incomplete. According to Wilcox 2000, 'the frontispiece from CCCC 419 has been inserted, reversed, in place of a cancelled opening folio' (p. 10). This frontispiece is a crucifixion drawn with reds and greens.

Foliation and/or Pagination: Paginated [i-viii], 1-353, [355-56] at the top right of recto leaves by Parker.



The manuscript is in generally good condition, with a few stains and holes.

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