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CLA 127
  • Cambridge United Kingdom Corpus Christi College 304
Script Uncial
Date VIII¹ (701 - 750)
Origin and Provenance

Written probably in Italy. Despite the Spanish symptoms, the forms of M, N, and top-heavy S speak strongly for an Italian origin. Was certainly in England by the eleventh century, as evidenced by the marginal entries. At Christ Church, Canterbury, by the twelfth century; doubtless to be identified with the ‘Iuvencus in Romana scriptura’ of the twelfth-century catalogue.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66231
Support Parchment
Contents Iuvencus, Evangeliorum libri IV.
Script Commentary

Script is a bold and expert uncial characterized by artificial hair-lines at the end of down-strokes; certain strokes in uncial E, F, L, N, T, X have a fine curving finial; uncial M is squat and the second bow begins with a straight hair-line; X has a rather shrunken form; the body of Z is compressed and raised, the first horizontal begins with a tiny horn, and the second is a sinuous oblique swing; FF and LL run together. Each verse begins with a characteristic, thickly shaded, uncoloured capital, some having the same curious features as letters in the text: these capitals bear a striking resemblance to those found in the uncial script of the Munich palimpsest MS Lat. 19105 (CLA 9.1319) from Tegernsee containing Libri Sapientiales, and in the Juvencus palimpsest Vatic. Lat. 5759 (CLA 1.37); the Munich MS also shows unmistakable Spanish symptoms. There is also some palaeographical kinship with Paris Lat. 1732, Ambrosius De Officiis, saec. VIII¹ (CLA 5.534). Glosses in ordinary minuscule saec. X written probably in England, and marginal notes in Anglo-Saxon minuscule saec. X or XI.


☛CLA first-edition origin (Spain ‘as suggested by ornamentation, abbreviation-stroke, Isidore verses, and the palaeographical kinship with Munich Lat. 19105’, or France, ‘in a centre with Spanish traditions.’) changed to follow second edition.

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