Durham Durham Cathedral MS B.II.30

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Current locationDurham Cathedral
Current ShelfmarkDurham Cathedral MS B.II.30
Summary TitleCassiodorus on the Psalms
Creation Date Start0725
Creation Date End0750
Creation Date Statementsecond quarter of 8th century
Collation Formulai-x8, a-b10, c8, d-i10, k9, l-t8, u11, v4
Pages / Folios268 f
Page: Lines36-39
Volume: Height42 cm
Width29 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 foliomodulationes
IIIF manifest:https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2mrn3011371
Digitised online:https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2mrn3011371.html
Media FormatManuscript
Durham Cathedral MS B.2.30

Creation PlaceEngland, Northumbria

Creator role:scribe

Creator notes:“the text is the work of at least six scribes, and each of its three main divisions had a full-page frontispiece, of which two survive” (Mynors 1939, 20) Script:Insular minuscule


Probably originally three full page initials marking the division of the Psalms (at 1, 50 and 100), the first illustration would have been lost when the opening pages of the manuscript were lost (replaced in 12th century)

DecorationType:Full page Decoration location:f.81v

Decoration notes:King David on a throne, holding a harp, the text “David Rex” beside his head. Colours green, mauve, orange, yellow and black. Surrounded by interlace border. Placed before the text of Psalm 51.

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DecorationType:Full page Decoration location:f.172v

Decoration notes:Standing male figure holding a spear in his left hand and an orange ring in his right, with the text “David” within it. He stands on a scaly creature with a dragon head at each end. Background of paired concentric circles, black dots within, white without, with a mark at the centre presumably made by the compass with which they were drawn. Colours orange, yellow, red. Surrounded by an interlace border. Placed before text of Psalm 101.

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The Durham Priory monks believed that the scribe who wrote this book was Bede.

Associated person:Bede, the Venerable, Saint, 673-735Role:(associated)

Evidence category: pressmark Content: E Notes: f.5r

Evidence category: catalogue Content: E Cassiodorus super Psalterium iio. fo. modulaciones Notes: Spendement catalogue 1392, DCL MS B.IV.46, in Psaltria section, f.2r
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Evidence category: catalogue Content: E Cassiodorus super Psalterium iio. fo. modulaciones Notes: Spendement catalogue 1416, DCL MS. B.IV.46, f.34v
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Evidence category: pressmark Content: 1a 2i K Notes: f.5r

A frontispiece and two leaves are missing from the beginning and an undetermined number of leaves are missing from the end.


Catalogued:Rud 1825

Notes:p.128-9 Online:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=bookreader/RudDCLmss/rudmsMETSfile.xml#page/134/mode/2up

Catalogued:Mynors 1939 Reference citation:009 Notes:p.21-2 Online:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=bookreader/MynorsDCM/METSmynors.xml#page/21/mode/2up

Catalogued:CLA 1972 Reference citation:152

Catalogued:Alexander 1978 Reference citation:17

Catalogued:Gameson 2010 Reference citation:05 Notes:p.34-37

Catalogued:Gneuss and Lapidge 2014 Reference citation:237

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)

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

CLA 1972 :- Lowe, E.A., ed., Codices Latini antiquiores A palaeographical guide to Latin manuscripts prior to the ninth century Part II Great Britain and Ireland second edition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972)

Alexander 1978 :- Alexander, J. J. G., Insular manuscripts 6th to the 9th century (London: Harvey Miller, 1978)

Gameson 2010 :- Gameson, Richard, ed., Manuscript treasures of Durham Cathedral, Richard Gameson with contributions by A. I. Doyle, John McKinnell, David Rollason, and Lynda Rollason and with a foreword by the Dean of Durham (London: Third Millennium Publishing, 2010)

Gneuss and Lapidge 2014 :- Gneuss, Helmut and Lapidge, Michael, Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: a bibliographical handlist of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014)