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CLA 199
  • London United Kingdom British Library Harley MS 2965
Script Anglo-Saxon Majuscule
Date VIII–IX (701 - 900)
Origin and Provenance

Written in England, probably for a woman. Belonged in the tenth century to St Mary's Abbey or 'Nunnaminster', Winchester: on fol. 40v is an added entry in Anglo-Saxon concerning the boundaries of that nunnery. Belonged to a member of the Roscarrock family of Cornwall, whose arms are on fol. 37v. Bought by Robert Harley in 1720 from John Warburton, Somerset Herald.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66304
Support Parchment
Contents Libellus Precum.
Name Book of Nunnaminster.
Script Commentary

Script is a rather compressed Anglo-Saxon majuscule verging on minuscule with mostly uncial, n and r mostly minuscule; both forms of s are common; minuscule a is frequent; g in ligature with following n or r resembles an elongated s; descenders go well below the line. A more pointed and artificial hand, which added the Lorica (foll. 38 ff.), is well on the way to minuscule.

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