Manuscripts

General category: English manuscripts

Results (1–25/62)
The present classification is only rudimentary. It will ultimately be replaced by a new system with greater care for data concerning each manuscript’s date, origin and provenance.

A part of the ‘Cotton-Corpus legendary’ which covers feast-days for the months of October, November and December. The other parts of the legendary are to be found in London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero E i.

  • s. xi2

Various transcripts, including one of Vita Ælfredi regis from what was London, British Library, MS Cotton Otho A xii (before the 1731 fire), created for Matthew Parker at a time when Parker had not yet added his interpolations to the exemplar.

  • c. 1550 x 1574

Manuscript of two independent volumes. The first volume contains the A-version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (ff 1r-32r).

  • s. ix-xi + s. viii-ix

A manuscript collection of canon law, including a number of Old English texts.

  • s. xi2

Manuscript of the Epistles of St Paul, written by an Irish scribe, presumably in Northumbria. It belongs with four leaves of BL, MS Cotton Vitellius C vii. 

  • s. viii
  • Anonymous [hand of CTC B.10.5]

Composite work consisting of an early 9th-century Mercian prayerbook and two accretions of later date.

  • s. xiii/xiv + s. ixin + s. xivex/xvin
Cotton library, MS Otho A xii

A lost manuscript of Asser’s Life of King Alfred. Originally an independent manuscript and later part of what once constituted London, British Library, MS Cotton Otho A xii, it was destroyed by the Ashburnham House fire of 1731. Although the original is irretrievably lost, significant information about its character and contents can be gleaned from transcripts and descriptions written before the fire.

  • c.1000
Cotton library, MS Otho A xii

A manuscript of the Old English poem The Battle of Maldon, now lost.

Slip from a Northumbrian gospel fragment (Durham, Cathedral Library, MS A.II.17).

  • s. viiex / s. viiiin

Southumbrian, probably Mercian liturgical manuscript of the early 9th century containing extracts from the four Gospels, a collection of hymns and prayers, and an abbreviated Psalter. It is introduced by an Old English exhortation to prayer and concludes with a dramatic piece about the Harrowing of Hell. Signs of Irish influence in the style and contents of the manuscript have led scholars to regard the Book of Cerne as a witness to a shared Hiberno-Saxon monastic culture, although some of the details are disputed.

  • s. ix1

Fragment of Richard FitzRalph, De pauperie Salvatoris (al. De paupertate Christi).

  • s. xv2/4

A manuscript containing what is known as the First Variant of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britanniae (ff. 23r-65v).

  • s. xiiiex/xivin

Quires added to the original southern English manuscript of the Durham collectar and written for the most part by Aldred, priest at Chester-le-Street.

  • s. x

Fragment of six folios which belongs together with fragments in other MSS held in Durham, C.III.13, ff. 192–195, and C.III.20, ff. 1-2.

  • s. viimed

Two fragments of Insular gospel manuscripts, both produced at Northumbrian centres.

  • s. viiex / s. viiiin
Durham, Cathedral Library, MS A.II.17
  • s. viiex / s. viiiin

Flyleaf fragment of an Insular gospel fragment. Other leaves are in MSS A.II.10 and C.III.20.

  • s. viimed

Fragments of a 7th-century Insular gospelbook, probably once reused as flyleaves but now preserved separately. Other leaves of the original MS are in A.II.10 and C.III.13.

  • s. viimed