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CLA 152
  • Durham United Kingdom Cathedral Library MS B.II.30
Script Anglo-Saxon Majuscule
Date VIII med (726 - 775)
Origin and Provenance

Written in a Northumbrian centre. A fourteenth-century note 'de manu Bedae' occurs on fol. 1v, but the tradition seems hardly tenable in view of the palaeography and orthography of the MS.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66256
Support Parchment
Contents Cassiodorus, Expositio in Psalmos (epit.).
Name Durham Cassiodorus.
Script Commentary

Written by several scribes of different habits, in a careful, expert but somewhat self-conscious majuscule d, N n, R r, S , but minuscule d and n seem to prevail; theta-like e, y with the two branches curving to the right, and g, s-like before n and r, occur; uncial M occurs not infrequently at beginning of words, likewise uncial A with an angular thorn-like bow thrusting boldly below the line; long I and the down-stroke of p are often wavy. The type has distinct similarity to that of one of the hands in Cambridge Univ. Kk. I. 24 (CLA 2.138) and some kinship with London Egerton 1046 (foll. 17–31, CLA 2.194b). Two words in Northumbrian uncial occur in the margin of fol. 202v. Marginal entries in Anglo-Saxon cursive have here and there e with the reversed lower bow (see CLA 2.123).


☛R. N. Bailey, The Durham Cassiodorus (Jarrow Lecture 1978).

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