The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: R.14.34
  • Manuscript Title: Constantini Pantegni
  • Alternative Title:   Constantine the African, Liber Pantegni
  • James Number: 906  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xii.
  • Physical Description: 40 lines to a page. Finely written. Good plain initials, mostly red and green.
  • Provenance: From Bury St Edmund’s Abbey. On f.1 at top is
    Liber monachorum Sancti Edmundi: and the mark M
    Also 'salutio ad abbatem'
  • Religious House:   Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk, Benedictine Abbey
  • Donor: Given by John Wilson, Fellow.
  • Size (cms): 30 x 20
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Latin
  • Century: 12th century
  • Folio: 142 ff.
  • Collation:  18-188 (7, 8 canc.).
  • Second Folio:    magister
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  • Constantini Pantegni.
    f.1 Domino suo mentis cassinensis abbati · d · reuerentissimo patrum patri immo tocius ordinis ecclesiastici gemme prenitenti constantinus affricanus
    -digna iudicetis.
    Capitula libri primi.
    f.1 Inc. liber primus
    Cum totius scientie generalitas tres principales partes habeat.
    There are marginal corrections and many later pencil notes.
    Liber x. ends f.141b
    Vnde acutum oportet habere sensum ad intelligendum. Explicit.
    Then follows a Runic alphabet of a late form, in red, with the names of the letters written in, viz.
    1 Ar 2 berehel 3 blank 4 dur 5 er 6 fe 7 g 8 haghel 9 is 10 blank 11 logher 12 magher 13 noub 14 os 15 blank 16 reik 17 sol 18 tur 19 ur 20 þ 21, 22 blank.
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    Green, M. H., 'The De genecia attributed to Constantine the African', Speculum, 62 (1987), 299-324

    Derolez, R., 'Scandinavian Runes in Continental Manuscripts', in Franciplegius: Medieval and Linguistic Studies in Honor of Francis Peabody Magoun Jr., ed. J. Bessinger and R. Creed (New York, 1965), pp. 30-9


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