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CLA 139
  • Cambridge United Kingdom University Library Kk. V. 16
Script Anglo-Saxon Minuscule
Date VIII (ca. 737) (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written presumably in the North of England or possibly in a Continental centre with Northumbrian connections. The list of Northumbrian kings on the last page goes down to Ceolwulf, who died in 737, and the other chronological entries refer to the same period. The addition in Caroline minuscule on that page seems North French. In the seventeenth century the MS belonged to the cathedral of St Julian, Le Mans (fol. 128v); later to Jean-Baptiste Hautin, who sold it to John Moore, Bishop of Ely (†1714). The bishop’s library was acquired by George I, who presented this MS to Cambridge in 1715.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66240
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Contents Beda, Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum.
Name Moore Bede.
Script Commentary

Script is an Anglo-Saxon minuscule of an early type with various cursive elements, yet not uncalligraphic: a is rather broad, is regularly uncial, the bow of p is open and ends in a short thickening; descenders are rather pointed; subscript a, i, and o are frequent at line-ends; ligatures are freely used. A corrector saec. IX or X expands unfamiliar Insular abbreviations. Notae tironianae on foll. 17v , 20v, etc.


☛B. Bischoff, Mittelalterliche Studien 3, p. 160–161. ☛Index Tironianorum.

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