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CLA 214
  • London United Kingdom British Library Royal MS 1. E. VI
  • Oxford United Kingdom Bodleian Library MS. Lat. Bibl. b. 2 (P) [S.C. 2202]
  • Canterbury United Kingdom Cathedral Library Add. MS 16
Script Anglo-Saxon Majuscule
Date VIII ex (776 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in South England in a Mercian or Kentish centre, in the school which produced the Worcester and Oxford MSS mentioned above. Was at St Augustine's Canterbury, certainly by the fourteenth century: on fol. II is the Canterbury shelf-mark. Later belonged to John, Lord Lumley (†1609), whose name is on fol. 1v. The tradition that this MS was one of those sent by Pope Gregory to Augustine, a tradition accepted by Thomas of Elmham, is refuted by the date of the script.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66312
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Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Mt, Mc, Lc, Io, Act 18–21).
Name Canterbury Gospels.
Script Commentary

Script is a somewhat self-conscious Anglo-Saxon majuscule by at least two hands: striking features are the curious bend in the shafts of b and l, the form of a resembling o joined to an elongated c (a form often found in Mercian or Canterbury charters), and the use of uncial A, B (especially frequent at line-ends), and even L and uncial M, which are rarely used in Anglo-Saxon majuscule; of the letters d, n, r, s, uncial is the exception and d the rule; n and r are more often minuscule, S more often majuscule; the first upright of N regularly descends below the line; i-longa occurs here and there; v-shaped u is found at or near line-ends, also capital D. The MS has several points in common with the Gospel leaves Worcester Add. MS 1 and the Oxford Gospel fragment Bodl. Lat. Bibl. d. 1 (P) (CLA 2.262, 2.245). The leaf in Canterbury contains Jn 11.38–12.34 and follows immediately the actual last leaf (fol. 77) of the London MS.


☛CLA first-edition script commentary changed to follow second edition (adding information about Canterbury leaf).

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