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Volume / Number: 2 / 194a

CLA 194a
  • London United Kingdom British Library Egerton MS 1046 (foll. 1–16, 32–48)
Script Anglo-Saxon Minuscule
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written, it would seem, in Northumbria, probably in the same centre which produced the Durham Cassiodorus (CLA 2.152). This part and the part containing other Sapiential Books in Anglo-Saxon majuscule (see next item), which is bound up with it, are complementary and apparently were kept together from the beginning. Bought by the British Museum from William Pickering in 1843.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66298
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Contents Testamentum Vetus, Libri sapientales (Prv 4.9–fin., Ecl, Ct, Sir 4.10–44.13).
Name Egerton Wisdom Codex.
Script Commentary

Script is a rapid, expert though not very regular Anglo-Saxon minuscule with some cursive elements bearing a resemblance to the script of certain lines on fol. 62v of Durham B. II. 30 (CLA 2.152): has almost throughout the uncial form, N very often, uncial A, R, and S occasionally; g frequently rises above the line in the form of an elongated flat-topped 3, here and there it is shaped like an elongated s; l followed by a or o often descends below the line; there are many ligatures: the upper bow of e in ligature is often angular and rises above the line. Marginalia by several Anglo-Saxon hands.

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