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CLA 125
  • Cambridge United Kingdom Corpus Christi College 197b (pp. 245–316)
  • London United Kingdom British Library Cotton MS Otho C. V
Script Insular Majuscule
Date VII–VIII (680 - 720)
Origin and Provenance

Written probably in Northumbria, certainly in an important English centre familiar with Irish calligraphy. A manuscript de luxe. The Cotton part (Matthew and Mark) was severely damaged by fire in 1731. The two leaves containing Canon-tables in London Royal 7. c. XII (foll. 2–3), CLA 2.217, may be part of this MS. Tanner supposed it to be the 'Red Book of Eye'.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66229
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Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Io, Lc fragm.).
Name Cambridge-London Gospels. The Northumbrian Gospels.
Script Commentary

Script is an expert Insular majuscule by two scribes: one uses uncial d and d, uncial G, N, R, and S (yet occurs at line-end or in the last line); his E is theta-shaped and is usually conjoint with the next letter, as in Echternach MSS written by Laurentius; the other prefers minuscule d, n, and uncial S, but uses R and r indifferently; half-uncial g in ligature is s-shaped. Corrections occur in small Insular minuscule.


☛CLA first-edition date (VIII) changed to follow second edition. ☛Brown, In the Beginning No. 58.

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