London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero E i

vol. 1, ff. 3-208
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‘Cotton-Corpus legendary’, first part of vol. 1
  • Latin
  • s. xi2 / s. xii2/4
  • English manuscripts

English manuscript containing a large chunk of the so-called ‘Cotton-Corpus legendary’, being the first part of what was originally the first volume. In addition to Lives of saints of continental or English origin, the legendary also includes the Lives of St. Brigit and St. Fursa and the writings of St. Patrick.

Provenance and related aspects
s. xi2 / s. xii2/4
The manuscript has been dated to the first half of the 11th century, except for ff. 53v–55v, which were copied in the second quarter of the 12th century.
Hands, scribes

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 for 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.


See also the parent manuscript for further references.

Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[dig. img.] British Library: digitised manuscripts, Online: British Library. URL: <>.
[dig. img.] Harvey, Anthony [project leader], Jane Conroy [principal investigator], and Franz Fischer [principal researcher], Saint Patrick’s Confessio Hypertext Stack Project, Online: Royal Irish Academy. URL: <>.
ff. 169v-174v.