Edited by Orietta Da Rold, Takako Kato, Mary Swan and Elaine Treharne

(University of Leicester, 2010; last update 2013)

http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/em1060to1220, ISBN 095323195X

The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220

Takako Kato

Glasgow, University of Glasgow Library, Hunter 229

Glasgow, University of Glasgow Library, Hunter 229

The Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060 to 1220

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English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220 |

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Charm for an amulet to cure epilepsy

Date: s. xii2


An elaborately illuminated English psalter containing an illustrated calendar, full-page illustrations of Old and New Testament scenes and Psalms from the Gallicanum version of the Vulgate text.

On the last page of the book is an inscription from c. 1200 giving instruction in Latin 'for the preparation and administration of an amulet for the cure of epilepsy: the amulet is to be sanctified at the altar at the Mass of the Holy Ghost and then suspended from the neck of someone afflicted with epilepsy or perhaps in danger of death' (Gardham 2007). There is a charm in Old English. Brown and Voigts (1980) describe this as 'an abracadabra function'.

There are also Latin prayers for a female supplicant (s. xiii), of whose word endings are later changed to masculine plural, and also considerable amount of marginalia in French throughout (Gardham 2007).

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  1. Item: fol. 210v

      Title (B.23.1.19.EM): Prose Charm

      Incipit: (fol. 210v) + usy + begete + agala + lentotan + domnes + cibu + glaes +.+.

      Date: c. 1200


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Support: Parchment, arranged HHFF.


Foliation and/or Pagination: Partial, modern foliation in pencil. Foliation in modern pen in the middle of the bottom margin of the last folio of each quire.

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