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

Elaine Treharne

London, Society of Antiquaries, 60, fols 6-73

London, Society of Antiquaries, 60, fols 6-73

The Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060 to 1220

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English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220 |

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Black Book of Peterborough or Liber Niger

Date: s. xii2/4


Fols 6-73 contains the cartulary of Peterborough Abbey, which includes a list of books, lands, vestments etc. given to Peterborough Abbey by Bishop Æthelwold (fols 39v-40v), a list of sureties for lands (fol. 46) (Robertson 1939, nos. XXXIX, XL) and a further five Old English documents (at fols 46v-55v). The manuscript's Latin contents--charters and land tenure materials--are apparent copies of texts dating from 664 to the twelfth century. The rest of the manuscript contains charters and other documents in many different thirteenth- and fourteenth-century hands, with some fifteenth-century additions. Fols 209-19 contains Les estabilissemenz le Roy Edward. The manuscript, together with its sources, its analogues, and its historical context, are analysed by Morris 2006.

Manuscript Items:

  1. Item: fols 39v-40v

      Title (B.15.5.10): Charters: Miscellaneous Texts: Record of Gifts of Bishop Æthelwold Sawyer 1448

      Incipit: (fol. 39v) Þis synd þa madmas þe Adeluuold bisceop sealde into þam mynstre þe is Medeshamstede gehatan

      Explicit: (fol. 40v) Þa Ætheluuine aldorman ˥ Ealdulf biscop sealdan Æthestane ˥ Alfwolde for Iacesle ˥ Faresheued þone latostan penig for þan lande into Burch. þa weron þer festermen. Frana... ˥ Sumerlyda preost.

      Text Language: English


  2. Item: fol. 46rv

      Title (B.15.5.3): Charters: Miscellaneous Texts: Agreement between Ceolred and Wulfred Sawyer 1440

      Incipit: (fol. 46v) In nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti. Ceolred abbod ˥ ða higan on Medeshamstede sellað Wulfrede ðet land

      Explicit: (fol. 46v) Ic Ceolred abbod þas ure selene mid Cristes rode tacne trymme ˥ festnie.

      Text Language: English and Latin


  3. Item: fols 47r-49r

      Title (B.15.5.37): Charters: Miscellaneous Texts: List of Sureties for Peterborough estates

      Incipit: (fol. 47r) Þis synd þa festermen þe Osferð swade beard funde. Adeluuolde biscop. ˥ Eadulfe abbod ˥ Sumerlydan preoste

      Explicit: (fol. 49r) ... ˥ on his wedde gesealde þet land æt Wermingtune æfter his dæg into sancte PETRE for his saule on hyra gewytnesse.

      Text Language: English


  4. Item: fol. 50r

      Title (B.15.8.606): Bounds in English: The Bounds of Oundle Sawyer 1566

      Incipit: (fol. 50r) Þis sint þa landgemæro to Undelan

      Explicit: (fol. 50r) ˥ þat land on beringa feld swa swa hit is mid land ge mærum. liggæð into Vndelan.

      Text Language: English


  5. Item: fols 50v-51r

      Title (B.15.6.53): Charters: Wills: The Will of Ulf and Madselin (1066 x 1069)

      Incipit: (fol. 50v) Þis is se feorewearde þe Vlf ˥ Madselin his gebedda worhtan wið ˥ wið sancte PETER. þa hig to Ierusalem ferdon.

      Explicit: (fol. 51r) ˥ Lindbeorhge habban mine cnihtas gif ic ham ne cume. ˥ þæt land æt Lohtune þæt heo hafað þæt erinne [sic]. into Þornege.

      Text Language: English


  6. Item: fols 52r-54v

      Title (B.16.26.4): Northamptonshire Geld Roll (1072-1078)

      Incipit: (fol. 52r) Ðis is into Suttenes hundred, þat is an hundred hida swa hit wæs on Æduuardes deige kynges

      Explicit: (fol. 54v) ˥ þerof is wered I ˥ IL hide ˥ III syðe twenti hide inland ˥ VIIII ˥ XL hide weste

      Text Language: English


  7. Item: fols 54v-55r

      Title (B.15.3.44): Charters: Bishops' Charters: Bishop Æthelwold and Wulfstan Uccea Sawyer 1377

      Incipit: (fol. 54v) Her sutelað on þyssum gewrite þet Aþelwold bisceop ˥ Wulfstan Uccea hwyrfdon landa.

      Explicit: (fol. 55r) ˥ Wulstan Uccea his sunu hit sealde eft Adeluuolde bisceope. swa swa hit her bufan sægð.

      Text Language: English


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Foliation and/or Pagination: Fols 66, foliated i- lxvi.


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