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CLA 133
  • Cambridge United Kingdom Trinity College Library B. 10. 5
  • London United Kingdom British Library Cotton MS Vitellius C. VIII
Script Insular Minuscule
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in England, probably by an Irish scribe. The old tradition ‘de manu Bedae’ (†735) is not acceptable, though the date suggested thereby is quite likely. Was at Durham by 1391 (registered in the ancient catalogue of that year). The main MS was presented by Neville (†1615) to Trinity College; the cover bears his arms.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66237
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Contents Testamentum Novum, Epistulae Pauli (Vulgata, Rm, 1 Cor, 2 Cor, Gal, Eph, Phil, Col, 1 Th, 2 Th, 1 Tim, 2 Tim, Tit, Phlm, Hbr).
Script Commentary

Script is heavy and somewhat awkward: has regularly the uncial form; occasionally has the form of an elongated s (even though not in ligature); ligatures with subscript i and o are frequent; ligatured st is the rule; y has the typically Insular form with both branches curving to the right; z plunges below the line. Numerous interlinear glosses and marginalia by contemporary and somewhat later Anglo-Saxon hands. The elaborate system of points employed as reference-signs recalls Irish habits.

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