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CLA 184
  • London United Kingdom British Library Cotton MS Cleopatra A. III*
Script Anglo-Saxon Cursive Minuscule
Date VIII² (751 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in England, probably in the North, in a centre with Irish traditions; the second leaf was a fly-leaf to the tenth-century Latin-Saxon glossary Cotton Cleopatra A. III; the first leaf was found among debris in the Cotton collection and was a fly-leaf of Cotton Vitellius A.XIX.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66288
Support Parchment
Contents Augustinus, De Consensu Evangelistarum (3.18–23, 25).
Script Commentary

Script is an expert, rapid, and crowded Anglo-Saxon minuscule with many cursive elements: characteristic are the (uncial) following open a, with the top stroke made like an Insular m-stroke, the g often resembling an elongated s, and the T with the cross-stroke often suspended and spreading to right and left of the upright; especially numerous are ligatures with i (fi, hi, mi, ni, ri, si, **tiv, ui); the ligature fi has a curious resemblance to an with a sinuous s-like stroke crossing the top (cf. CLA 2.270).


☛CLA first-edition provenance changed to follow second edition by adding information about fly-leaf.

Last modified 18 July 2017