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The Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060 to 1220

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Bilingual Rule of St Benedict

Date: s. xi2


This 'miscellaneous' manuscript (B[otfield] 1838, p. i), mainly written in s. xi2 with many additions in s. xii1, includes the following Latin items:

The Old English is found in the bilingual version of Rule of St Benedict. Æthelwold's Old English translation (fols 98v/1-123v/28) follows the Latin text (fols 74v-95v). This arrangement is 'different from that of all other bilingual copies of the Rule, in which the Old English follows the Latin chapter by chapter' (Ker 1957 p. 148). Although the Old English version has a very similar layout to the Latin version, it may be have been written 'as an afterthought', as Piper suggests (1994, pp. 80-81).

The capitula of the Latin text are numbered I-LXXIII, but the chapters in the text itself are numbered I-LXXII, because chapter 62 is omitted. The Old English has no capitula, chapter-headings, or chapter numbers, but the text is written in paragraphs which agree with the chapters of the Latin text, and each paragraph begins with the first words of the corresponding Latin chapter. Unlike the Latin text, chapter 62 is not omitted (Ker 1957, p. 148).

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  1. Item: fols 98v-123v

      Title (B.10.3.2): Benedict, Rule

      Incipit: (fol. 98v) Gehyr þu min bearn geboda þines lareowes

      Explicit: (fol. 123v) eallumðam þeðissumregole fyliað. Amen.


        Ker 1957, item 109

        Caro 1898, p.161

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