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CLA 149
  • Durham United Kingdom Cathedral Library A.II.17 (foll. 2–102)
  • Cambridge United Kingdom Magdalene College Pepysian MS 2981 (19)
Script Insular Majuscule
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written probably in Northumbria, in a great centre of calligraphy in the direct line of Irish tradition, or else in Ireland itself. Its text is not Northumbrian but Irish. Was at Chester-le-Street in the tenth century. An obscure entry of about the year 929 on fol. 31v mentions Sitric, Athelstan, and Constantine; the entries on foll. 80, 80v, and 106 referring to Boge the Priest and Aldred the Bishop (957–68) prove that both parts of the MS were already bound together by the tenth century and must have been at Chester-le-Street by that time.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66253
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Mt 25.35–fin., Mc, Lc 1–8, 12–22, Io 1–29).
Script Commentary

Script is a bold and very expert Insular majuscule; both uncial and minuscule forms of D, N, R, S used, but , N, r, S prevail; uncial A and G occur; at line-ends a triple-arched form of M placed sideways is found occasionally; g in ligature with n and r has the elongated S-like form; ligatures with subscript i and o occur. At line-ends t in ligature is indicated by a simple horizontal joined to the top of preceding A or N, as in CLA 2.187. Frequently the last line of a page is in a bold, rather bizarre minuscule script. Cursive e with reversed lower bow occurs in running titles (see CLA 2.123). Some neumes on fol. 74v.


☛CLA first-edition date (VII–VIII) changed to follow second edition. ☛McGurk, Gospel books no. 13.

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