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The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220

Takako Kato

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Auct. D. 2. 16 (2719)

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Auct. D. 2. 16 (2719)

The Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060 to 1220

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Donations to Exeter by Leofric and Æthelstan; Inscription

Date: s. xi2


Entries on two preliminary quires added to a tenth century gospel book that was probably produced at the abbey of Landévennec, Brittany.

The first quire (fols iv, 1-6) contains an English record of the gifts of Bishop Leofric (d. 1072) to Exeter (fols 1-2v) and an inscription in Latin and Old English recording the gift of this book to Exeter by Bishop Leofric (fol. 6v/1-7). This quire is similar to the preliminary quire of CUL Ii. 2. 11 now in Exeter Book.

The second quire (fols 7-15), which is in smaller format than the rest of the book, contains a list of the relics given by King Æthelstan (d. 940) to the monastery at Exeter (fols 8-14).

There was probably an Old English text written in fol. 190.

Manuscript Items:

  1. Item: fols 1-2v

      Title (B.16.10.1): Exeter: List of Books given by Bishop Leofric

      Incipit: (fol. 1) Her swutelað on þissere cristes bec hwæt leofric bisceop hæfð gedon inn to sancte petres minstre on exanceastre

      Text Language: English


  2. Item: fol. 6v

      Title (B.16.10.5): Exeter: Leofric Inscriptions

      Incipit: (fol. 6v) Ðar crister boc gef leofric biscop sabcto petro.

      Text Language: English


  3. Item: fols 8-14

      Title (B.16.10.8): Exeter: List of Relics

      Incipit: (fol. 8) Her swutelað on þisum gewrite be þam halgum reliquium. þe æþelsta se wurðfulla kyning geaf

      Text Language: English


  4. Item: fol. 190

      Incipit: (fol. 190)

      Text Language: English

      Note: According to Ker 1957, there was probably an Old English text in the blank space after St. John's gospel, but only isolated letters are visible under ordinary or ultra-violet light.


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Form: Codex

Support: Parchment. Modern paper flyleaves are fols i-v and 196-98.


Foliation and/or Pagination: Fols iv + 198


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