Durham Durham Cathedral MS B.II.2

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Current locationDurham Cathedral
Current ShelfmarkDurham Cathedral MS B.II.2
Summary TitlePaul the Deacon, Homiliary
Creation Date Start
Creation Date End
Creation Date Statementlate 11th/early 12th century
Collation FormulaI8 (lost leaves), II-III8, IV7 (8 with leaf 3 cancelled; no text lacking), V6 (8 lacking leaves 4+5, the centre bifolium), VI-VII8, VIII7 (8 with leaf 8, blank, cancelled), IX-X8, XI6 (=8 lacking leaves 1 and 8, the outer bifolium), XI10 (an original 8 [f.83-84, 87-92] into which the two leaves which should start the next quire have been intruded as f.85 and 86)
Pages / Foliosi+2+i f
Page: Lines34 or 44
Volume: Height33.0 cm
Width24.3 cm
BindingStandard Tuckett binding, mid 19th century full brown calf over thick wooden boards (Charles Tuckett, binder to the British Museum, rebound many Durham manuscripts in the 19th century)
Secundo folio& omnis mons & collis
IIIF manifest:https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1m0c483j46v
Digitised online:https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1m0c483j46v.html
Media FormatManuscript
Durham Cathedral MS B.2.02

Creation PlaceNorthern France or England

Creator role:scribe

Script:Late Caroline Minuscule of ?Flemish type.

Script notes:Number of hands uncertain, certainly two, possibly three or more.


Each homily and biblical lection is headed by a capital, 5+ lines high. Most are single colour (red, green or blue) and plain, some are slightly embellished (e.g. 60r), a few are embellished with a second colour (16v, 17v, 25v, 37v). Faint foliate embellishment/flourishing was applied to those on 40v, presumably s. xii-xiii. Crude sketches, probably 12th century in various margins, more or less erased, e.g. 11v (a lion), 44r, 48v (head), 85r (scroll).

The beginning of the book is now lost, where any of the usual inscriptions would have been written. This is possibly one of the books given by William of St Calais

Associated person:William of St Calais, -1096Role:(donor)

Evidence category: catalogue Content: II libri sermonum & omeliarum ... II libris in quibus ad matutinas legitur Notes: Possibly the 19th or 20th, or 33rd or 34th item in the list of books donated by William of St Calais, Durham Cathedral Library MS. A.II.4 f.1r. Conventionally identified with the 20th book on the list.

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Contained work:Paul the Deacon, Homiliary
View online:https://iiif.durham.ac.uk/index.html?manifest=t1m0c483j46v&canvas=t1t41687j688
Notes:Incomplete section for period Christmas to Easter

Codicologically in two parts: (A) f.1-60; (B) f.61-91.


Catalogued:Rud 1825Notes:p.93-98Online:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=bookreader/RudDCLmss/rudmsMETSfile.xml#page/99/mode/2up

Catalogued:Mynors 1939Reference citation:048Online:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=bookreader/MynorsDCM/METSmynors.xml#page/43/mode/2up

Catalogued:DUL Online catalogueOnline:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=ark/32150 s15d86p033f.xml

Rud 1825 :- Codicum manuscriptorum ecclesiae cathedralis Dunelmensis catalogus classicus, descriptus a Thoma Rud ... cum appendice eos codices continente qui post catalogum confectum diversis temporibus comparati sunt, ed. Thomas Rud (Durham, 1825)

Catalogi veteres 1838 :- Catalogi veteres librorum Ecclesiae Cathedralis Dunelm. Catalogues of the library of Durham Cathedral, at various periods, from the conquest to the dissolution, including catalogues of the library of the abbey of Hulne, and of the mss. preserved in the library of Bishop Cosin, at Durham (London: J. B. Nichols, 1838)

Mynors 1939 :- Mynors, R. A. B., Durham Cathedral manuscripts to the end of the twelfth century (Oxford: OUP, 1939)