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Volume / Number: 2 / 138

CLA 138
  • Cambridge United Kingdom University Library Kk. I. 24
  • London United Kingdom British Library Cotton Tiberius B. V (fol. 76)
  • London United Kingdom British Library Sloane MS 1044 (fol. 2)
Script Anglo-Saxon Majuscule
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in England, probably in a Northumbrian centre, to judge by the resemblance between the compressed script of this MS and the script of the Durham Cassiodorus (CLA 2.152). The Cottonian fragment was doubtless preserved for the sake of the Anglo-Saxon document saec. X entered in the blank space at the end of John; the document relates to Exeter. The Sloane fragment formerly belonged to John Bagford, the antiquary (1650–1716).

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66239
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Contents Testamentum Novum. Evangelia (Lc, Io).
Script Commentary

Script is a handsome, well-developed broad Anglo-Saxon majuscule (the compressed script used in the prologue and capitula on foll. 186v–187v and in corrections on fol. 154 and elsewhere is probably by the same hand: N, R, and S are normally uncial, d is normally half-uncial; in the compressed script uncial A occurs even in mid-line, and the angular bow descends sharply below the line and ends in a thick point; the Insular form of Y with both branches curving to the right occurs. Liturgical lection-marks in the Passion are added by a later Anglo-Saxon hand: l denotes the words of Christ, c the narrator’s.


☛McGurk, Gospel books no. 5.

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