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Volume / Number: S / 1703

CLA 1703
  • London United Kingdom British Library Cotton MS Tiberius A XIV
Script Anglo-Saxon Minuscule
Date VIII med (726 - 775)
Origin and Provenance

Written in Northumbria, probably at the abbey of Wearmouth-Jarrow, as indicated by the uncial used on fol. 46v and by its similarity in script, in manner of indicating citations, and in decoration, to the St Petersburg Bede (CLA 11.1621), a manuscript of such close textual affinities that it seems likely to have been the exemplar of our codex. Suffered much from the fire of 1731 in Sir Robert Cotton's library.

CLA Vol. S
TM Number TM 67864
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Contents Beda, Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum.
Script Commentary

Script is calligraphic, pointed Anglo-Saxon minuscule by a master scribe, altogether an artistic performance: c before o at the beginning of a word is often tall; is uniformly uncial; is slender and descends considerably below the line; i-longa is frequent at the beginning of words; the final stroke of m at word-end sweeps below the line in a slight curve; descenders are long; ligatures include forms with subscript a, i, and t. One-word summaries, notes of various dates, and Latin rubrics in Anglo-Saxon letters added in the margins.

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