The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts



O.3.55


  • Shelfmark: O.3.55
  • Manuscript Title: Bedae Vita S. Cuthberti etc
  • Alternative Title:   Bede, Two Lives of St Cuthbert
  • James Number: 1227  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xii early.
  • Physical Description: 37 lines to a page. In a very fine hand. Initials mostly in red.
  • Provenance: From Durham Priory. In Catt. Vett. p.30 we have the entry:B. Vita et Miraculi(!) SS. Cuthberti praesulis Oswaldi martyris et Aydani Episcopi. 2 fo. sime ea quae paruuli.
  • Religious House:   Durham, Benedictine Cathedral Priory of St Cuthbert
  • Donor: Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738.No old mark. (No. 447.)
  • Size (cms): 24 x 16
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Latin; Music
  • Century: 12th century
  • Folio: 69 ff.
  • Collation:  3 flyleaves and a slip | 112 214 (3 canc.) 312 48 (6 canc.) 612 (wants 12).
  • Second Folio:    sime ea que
  • IIIF Manifest URL:     https://trin-sites-pub.trin.cam.ac.uk/manuscripts/O.3.55.json
  • Online Since:     21/07/2015
  • The first flyleaf (f.1) is from a xiith cent. service-book with part of the office for the assumption. In double columns, music on a four-line stave.

    f.2 List of relics (in double columns) formerly in Durham Priory (cent. xii)
    De ueste d. n. I. C. et s. marie genitricis dei etc.
    Ending. Ossa ss. uirginum xi. milium colonie.
    Apparently never printed.
    f.2b Nomina episcoporum lindisfarnensis et dunelmensis ecclesie
    Aidanus xvii annis
    ...
    Gaufridus viii
    Willelmus ix
    Hugo (added soon after).
    f.3a Memorandum of Thomas Sawtre prior of Fenkal (Finchale) of the receipt of 20s. from King Henry (VI.?) by the hands of Thomas Swan his receiver 'in dominio suo de Emyldon,' the year not filled in
    In a hand of cent. xii
    f.3b Epistola uen. Bede presb. quomodo dum uitam et miracula b. Cuthberti in lucem describendo proferret lingua(m) quoque propriam meritis s. Cuthberti miraculis absolutam persenserit
    Domino in dominorum domino dilectissimo Iohanni
    -pro me intercedere memineris.
    This is the Preface to the Vita Metrica.
    The name Symon Garstell (xvi).
    f.4 Inc. capitula libri de uita et miraculis S. Cuthberti Ep.
    The name Thomas Hersley occurs on this page.
    On f.4b are these lines (xvi)
    I pray god off my behalfe
    haue mercy off the sowll of John cauff
    had not dethe cumyt lyke a wyly foxe
    Johne had leuyt wylsse he had benne
    An old old oxe.
    On the verso a xvith cent. title
    Liber de vita et mirac. ss. Cuthberti presulis Oswaldi martiris et Aydani ep. in insula sacra ex dono dni Henrici dalton prioris eiusdem a.d. 1513.
    A somewhat earlier title on the lower margin of f.5
    In isto volumine continentur vite et miracula etc.
    f.5 Inc. prol. in librum uite B. patris Cuthberti lindispharnensis ep.
    Domino sancto ac beatissimo patri Eadfrido
    -fratris et domini mei. Amen. Expl. prol.
    f.5b Liber de uita et miraculis necnon et de transitu b. patris Cuthberti lindispharn. Ep.
    Quomodo ipse octennis puer etc.
    Principium uobis scribendi.
    Ends f.25b: misericordia ac miseratione coronat.
    Expl. lib. de uita etc. - lindisfarnensis ecclie Ep.
    f.25b Item de quo supra ex IIIIo, ecclesiastice hystorie gentis anglorum libro (H. E. IV.31, 32)
    Erat in eodem monasterio
    -deformitatis ac tumoris apparuisset.
    f.26 Excerpta de uita et miraculis S. Cuthberti
    Mostly from Simeon of Durham,
    Quomodo ipse octennis puer etc.
    Uenerabilis igitur domini famulus Cuthbertus etc.
    Ending with the Visio Bosonis:
    Tempore Willelmi episcopi
    -uerum esse ipse inuenit.
    A collection of Miracles and narrative of the translation.
    Mostly from Simeon of Durham.
    f.30 Quomodo in peregrino habitu a ministro elfredi panem diuisum Cuthbertus accepit etc.
    The last heading (f.49)
    Quo anno S. Cuthbertus ordinatus est etc.
    Ending: Signauerunt et firmauerunt.
    f.50 Office with music on a three-line stave
    Tercia decima Kal. Ap. Depositio S. Cuthberti Officium.
    Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui in meritis S. Cuthberti.
    f.54 In transl. S. Cuthberti ad benedictus
    Alme confessor domini.
    Ending
    Postcomm. Diuina libantes misteria.
    f.55 Excerpts on the history of Durham (from Simeon of Durham)
    Regnante apud Northanhymbros christianissimo Rege et postea martyre Oswaldo.
    -honestate nobilior.
    f.55b De Walchero Ep.
    Cum uero post aegelwini discessum
    -protinus abscessit.
    f.57 Introduction of monks at Durham
    Transactis post occisionem Walcheri.
    Ending with letter of Bp William.
    -per immortalia sec. sec. Amen. (f.58b)
    f.59 A leaf written in cent. xiii, with music on four-line stave
    Salue regina.
    Collect for the assumption.
    Scribbles of cent. xv, xvi, e.g.
    Remembrans rest renyth radclyff.
    f.60 In one of the previous hands of cent. xii
    Office for St Oswald. Music on three-line stave.
    f.61 Hic describuntur uita et miracula gloriosissimi et sanctissimi regis osuualdi sicut in libro ecclesiastico gentis anglorum continetur
    Successores eadwini.
    c. x. ends: oswaldi regis gloriam predicabat.
    f.64 Inc. qualiter natalicius dies S. Oswaldi regis et mart. diuinitus celebrari mandatus est
    Eo tempore quo prouincia.
    f.65 Quomodo quidam pro furto etc.
    Multimoda patrum antiquorum
    -purgaret penitencia.
    f.65b Item de S. Oswaldo
    Est in prouincia merciorum
    -beatitudine ditari. Amen.
    f.66b Inc. uita S. Aidani lindisfarnensis ecclesie antistitis sicut in tercio eccl. hist. gentis anglorum libro continetur
    Est insula que uocatur hii
    -cum sancta ecclesia credebat.
    f.68b Hymnus de S. osuualdo ad uesperas et ad nocturn. (music on three-line stave)
    Regalis ostro sanguinis.
    Dinisio ad laudes.
    Christi fidelis armiger.
    De S. oswaldo ad vesp. super ant.
    In Evang. antiphona. Sceptriger osuualde.
    Inuitat. Martiris palmam.
    f.69 In Io. Nocturno Ant.
    Rex quatuor gentium.
    Antiphone.
    Respons.: Rex sacer osuualdus.
    f.69b In II o. Nocturno
    The music occupies the whole page.

 

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