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Volume / Number: 2 / 148b

CLA 148b
  • Durham United Kingdom Cathedral Library MS A.II.16 (foll. 24–33, 87–101)
Script Insular Majuscule
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written presumably in Northumbria by a scribe schooled in the Irish manner. This part and the preceding in uncial complete each other and have a homogeneous type of text. The MS has been used liturgically; in chanting the Passion the letter L marks the beginning of the words of Christ and C the narrator's.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66249
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Mt 23.3–28.14, Lc 16.15–24).
Script Commentary

Script is a bold, but not very graceful, Insular majuscule with a strong Irish flavour: R and S are mostly uncial, only occasionally; n invariably minuscule; in combination with following n or R has an S-like form; the two branches of y bend characteristically to the right; z makes a prodigious descent below the line. Lection marks are in fine Insular minuscule in which the curious e with the reversed lower bow occurs (see CLA 2.123).


☛Gneuss no. 219. ☛McGurk, Gospel books no. 11.

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