Manuscripts

London, Lambeth Palace, MS 1370

Mac Durnan Gospels
  • s. ixex/xin
  • Irish manuscripts
Four Gospels; at f. 3v, a metrical inscription in square capitals, possibly written by Koenwald (later bishop of Worcester), says that the manuscript was written by or at the behest of Máel Brigte mac Tornáin and that Æthelstan, king of England (r. 924-939), donated it to Christ Church, Canterbury.
Identifiers
Shelfmark
1370
Title
Mac Durnan Gospels
, Book of Mac Durnan
Type
gospelbooks (manuscripts)
Provenance and related aspects
Language
Latin
Date
s. ixex/xin
late 9th century, or early 10th
Origin, provenance
Ireland
Hands, scribes
Máel Brigte mac TornáinMáel Brigte mac TornáinNo short description available
See more
scribe unknown, possibly Máel Brigte mac Tornáin (Mac Durnan), abbot of Armagh (see below)
Additions
metrical inscription of f. 3v
Codicological information
Palaeographical information
Script
Irish minuscule script
Illumination
four symbols of the Evangelists (prefatory folio); portraits of three Evangelists (initial pages)

The list below has been collated from the table of contents (if available on this page)Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations concerning individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.

Sources

Secondary sources (select)

Keynes, Simon, “King Athelstan’s books”, in: Lapidge, Michael, and Helmut Gneuss (eds.), Learning and literature in Anglo-Saxon England: studies presented to Peter Clemoes on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. 143–201.
McNamara, Martin, “The Echternach and Mac Durnan Gospels: some common readings and their significance”, Peritia 6–7 (1988): 217–222.
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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