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CLA 213
  • London United Kingdom British Library Royal MS 1. B. VII
Script Anglo-Saxon Majuscule
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in England, probably in Northumbria. The text is akin to that of the Lindisfarne Gospels (CLA 2.187), and the list of Neapolitan feasts found in that MS is also in this: other English MSS betraying South Italian connexion are the Echternach Gospels and St Willibrord's Calendar in Paris (B.N. Lat. 9389 and 10837), and the Burchard Gospels at Würzburg (Mp. Theol. Fol. 68.). On fol. 15v is a vernacular manumission by King Aethelstan ca 925.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66311
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Mt, Mc, Lc, Io).
Name Royal Athelstan Gospels.
Script Commentary

Script is a rather cramped Anglo-Saxon majuscule, with D d, N n, R r, S , d and n being mostly minuscule, R and S mostly majuscule; the top of a is somewhat flat; the bow of S is almost on the line; Z resembles recumbent y. Greek letters occur as capitals and in the ornamental line after an initial. Some marginalia in fine minuscule. Neumes occur on fol. 77. In the lection-marks added in the Passion, + denotes Christ, s other persons, c the narrator.


☛McGurk Gospel books no. 28. ☛Gamber, CLLA 406.

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