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R.5.22


  • Shelfmark: R.5.22
  • Manuscript Title: I) BEDAE HISTORIA ECCLESIASTICA. II) VITAE SANCTORUM. III) GREGORII PASTORALIS SAXONIE.
  • James Number: 717  
  • Date: I. Cent. xiv. II. Cent. xii. III. Cent. xi.
  • Physical Description: Three volumes. I. In double columns of 55 lines. Well written, a good deal stained. II. Double columns of 33-41 lines. In several hands. III. 32 lines to a page. Well written, in several hands.
  • Provenance: Vol. II. at least seems to be from Salisbury. At the bottom of f.1 is the note (xvi): Hic liber quondam fuit Jois Jwel Episcopi Sarum et tractat de Amphilochio ficto; Et vide censuram eius in replicatione pag. 82, 83 etc. Et vide plura in indice eius libri. [Ker (1987) rejects Salisbury.]

    Vol. III. At the top of f.1 in red chalk is written Matthaeus (Parker), and over this in ink, of cent. xvi, probably by one of Abp Parker' scribes
    Hic Ipsus liber est quem aluredus Rex misit ad Ecclesiam Syreburnensem, quem et transtulit è pastorali Gregorii Latine in Anglicum.
    Whence it may be perhaps fair to conclude that the book came from Parker to Sherborne.

  • Donor: Given by ? Nevile or Parker (?). [Probably Nevile, who owned others of John Parker]
  • Size (cms): 31 x 21
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Latin; Old English; Greek
  • Century: Multiple; 14th century; 12th century; 11th century
  • Folio: I. 44 + 2 ff. II. 29 ff. III. 83 ff.
  • Collation: Vol. I. Collation : a2 || 112-312 48.Vol. II. A8-C8 D8 (wants 6-8; a leaf inserted after 3 has been cut out).Vol. III. Collation: 18-108 114? (wants 4 blank).
  • Second Folio:    I. trionali uertice II. omnipotentem
  • Notes:    No ff.137-145
  • Fly-leaves composed of 2 late deeds nearly erased.

    Vol I

    1. f.1. Incipit prefacio uenerabilis bede presbiteri in ecclesiastica hysteria gentis anglorum ad regem celwulfum.
    Gloriosissimo regi celwulfo.
    Ending: Mandare studuimus, the last paragraph of the Preface being as usual placed at the end of Lib. v.
    f.1 Capitula libri primi
    f.1b Text. Britannia oceani insula
    Ends f.44a apud omnes fructum pie intercessionis inueniam. Amen.
    It contains the fragment of the Hymn of Caedmon in Anglo-Saxon. f.32b

    2. f.44 De obitu uenerabilis bede presbiteri .vii. kal. Junii. explicit liber quintus ecclesiastice historie gentis anglorum quam uen. Beda presbiter natus ex eadem gente edidit
    f.3 Dilectissimo in Christo lectori Cuthwino Cuthbertus con-discipulus.
    The Saxon passage is given, but the Latin version of it omitted. f.43b
    Ends f.44b: sed breuitatem sermonis inerudicio lingue facit.

    3. On the lower margin of ff.6b-38b is written in a hand of cent. xiv, xv, a tract on ecclesiastical discipline.
    De domus sue (?) disposicione . dicitur autem bene prepositus familie sue quando regit eam honeste.
    The next sections are
    De neophitis non ordinandis.
    De solempniter penitentibus.
    The last is De infamibus. Ending
    debet postulari ab uxore Di. xxviij de hiis.

    This MS. is described as C2 in Mayor and Lumby's edition of books iii., iv. (p.414). It was used by Whelock for his edition of the History in 1643, and is quoted by him as MS. T.

    Vol II.

    1. Incipit Vita sancti Basilii Cesariensium archiepiscopi f.1(44)
    (in red capitals).
    Basilius itaque solus ut sic dicam in terra equalem.
    Ends f.53b: conscripta cum eo in celesti libro . in gloriam et laudem d.n. I.C. cui cum patre est gloria simul et sancto ac uiuifico spiritu nunc et semper et in sec. sec. Amen.
    Expl. uita S. Basilii cesariensium archiepiscopi.

    2. f.53b Inc. vita Sancte Evfrosine uirginis
    Fuit uir in Alexandria nomine paphnutius.
    Ends f.57b: usque in presentem diem . glorificantibus deum patrem et filium et spiritum sanctum cui est honor et gloria in sec. sec. Amen.
    Expl. uita S. Evfrosine uirginis.

    3. f.57b Inc. Passio S. Agnetis uirginis
    Seruus Christi Ambrosius uirginibus sacris.
    Ends f.60b: in conspectu dei ualeam inuenire . prestante d.n. I.C. cui est honor et gloria in sec. sec. Amen.
    Expl. Passio S. Agnetis uirginis.

    4. f.60b Inc. Passio gloriosi Vincentii martiris
    Probabile satis est ad gloriam vincencii martiris.
    Ends f.64a: multipliciter prestantur beneficia . ad laudem et gloriam nominis Christi . qui cum patre et spiritu sancto vivit et regnat deus in sec. sec. Amen.
    Expl. Passio S. Vincentii martiris.

    5. f.64 Inc. passio S. Thome Archiepiscopi et martiris
    In blacker ink and a closer hand, but still of cent. xii.
    Sacrosanctam ecclesiam iugiter impugnat hostis antiquus.
    -ad uirtutem poterunt animare.
    Predictus igitur beatissimus Thomas londoniensis urbis indigena.
    By John of Salisbury [Hardy II. p.321).
    The hand changes again to a smaller one on f.67.
    Ends f.69b: illo hec et plura que referre longum est operante qui solus est super omnia deus benedictus in sec. sec. Amen.
    Expl. passio S. Thome archiep. Cantuariensis.

    6. f.69b Inc. Passio S. Laurentii archidiaconi et martiris
    Postquam peracta sunt omnia de sancto syxto.
    Ends imperfectly f.71b: Beatus autem iustinus presbiter optulit sacrificium laudis . et participati sunt omnes.

    There are neat marginal notes in the MS. in Bishop Jewel's hand(?), and passages in Greek from Sozomen and Socrates interlined.

    Vol III.

    The earlier and later leaves have suffered from damp: but none of the writing is really illegible

    1. Prologue.
    Þis aerent geƿryt augustinus . ofer sealtne sae . suþan brohte . eorð bugenduū . sƿa hit aer fore adihtnode . dryhtnes cempa . rome papa riht spel monig gregorius . gleaƿ mod geond ƿod . þurh sefan snytro . searo þanca hord . for þaem þe he ma(n)n-cynnes maest gestriende rodera ƿearde . rom ƿarena betst manna mod ƿeligost . merþum gefragost . Seððan me on englesc aelfraed cynnicg aƿęnde . ƿorda gehƿilc . and me his ƿriterum sende . suþ and norþ. het him sƿylcra.. na bringan. be þaere bysene . þaet he his bisceopum sendan myahte . for þaem hi his sume beþorftan. þa þe leden spraece laeste cuþon.
    Capitula in Saxon follow.
    Text. First line in red capitals much faded, with green initial f.74
    ðV LEOFESTA BROÐVR . SPIÐE GREOND-
    lice and sƿiþe fremsumlice, etc.
    The hand gets gradually larger and of later type: the most decided change seems to be at f.116 after which is not much alteration.
    Ends f.157b
    sco byrðen minra agenra scylda: Deo gratias. AMHN.
    Quis nunc diligitur nisi conscius et cut ueruens . Aestuat occultis animus semperque tacendis.

    2. Incipit expositio sancti agustini de secreto gloriose incarnati / (f.156a) onis d.n. I.C. intra cetera et ad locum lege cum timore caute et secrete (corner of leaf gone) et dicam tibi quemadmodum uirgo concepit . et melius est ut in sermone sit uerecundia quam in fide periculum. Da ueniam christe et parce ori meo etc. Ends after seven lines more: hoc conceptionis hereses cum timore et secrete est exponendum.

    [f.158a is partly stuck to a flyleaf (f.158) which was once stuck to the cover; the flyleaf has some faint MS.
    The last leaves are badly damaged by damp at lower portion of fols.]

 
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