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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 in the Ashburnham House fire of 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. Bishop Tanner (†1735) 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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