Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 505

Codex Insulensis (MS R2 or I)
  • s. xiv/xv
  • Irish manuscripts
Collection of Irish saints’ Lives in Latin. It is generally taken to be an early copy of Rawlinson B 485 and since the latter is now mutilated in places, fills in a number of important gaps. The order of the Lives has been rearranged to follow the calendar of feast-days.
Collection: Rawlinson
B 505
Codex Insulensis (MS R2 or I)
The hagiographic collection represented by Rawlinson B 485 and B 505 is known as the Codex Insulensis, a title which is ultimately borrowed from John Colgan. Alternatively, Richard Sharpe (1991) refers to it as the ‘Oxford collection’ of Irish saints’ Lives. Plummer (1910) employs the symbols R1 and R2; Sharpe (1991) R and I.
Provenance and related aspects
s. xiv/xv
14th/15th century
Hands, scribes
Codicological information

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.


Secondary sources (select)

Sharpe, Richard, Medieval Irish saints’ lives: an introduction to Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.
Plummer, Charles, Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae, partim hactenus ineditae, 2 vols, vol. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910.
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esp. xv–xxii
Plummer, Charles, “On two collections of Latin lives of Irish saints in the Bodleian library, Rawl. B. 485 and Rawl. B. 505”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 5 (1905): 429–454.
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Dennis Groenewegen
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