Durham Durham Cathedral MS B.III.10

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Current locationDurham Cathedral
Current ShelfmarkDurham Cathedral MS B.III.10
Summary TitleGregory the Great, Moralia in Job
Creation Date Start1075
Creation Date End1096
Creation Date Statementbefore 1096
Collation Formula3 singletons, I-XXIX8, XXX6
Pages / Foliosiv+244+i f
Page: Lines39
Volume: Height34.2 cm
Width22.5 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 folioretur. Quamuis terciam
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Media FormatManuscript
Durham Cathedral MS B.3.10

Creation PlaceNormandy

Creator role:scribe

Creator notes:Scribe also found in DCL MS B.III.1 and manuscripts owned by Exeter, Jumièges, and St Albans. Script:Protogothic


Two major decorated initials at start, then Arabesque initials, 10 lines high, in red, green, yellow and blue (the main letter-shape in one colour, with detailing and or shading in the others) head each subsequent book.

DecorationType:Initial, inhabited Initial letter:R
Text following:Reverentissimo atque sanctissimo
Decoration location:f.1r

Decoration notes:25 lines high constructed from acanthus trellis, a dragon, plus tubes and foliate curls, through which clamber a man and a quadruped; it is outlined in black and red inks with details in green, blue and red, and is set against red, yellow, green and blue grounds.

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DecorationType:Initial, inhabited Initial letter:I
Text following:Inter multos sepe
Decoration location:f.3r

Decoration notes:Over 14 lines high, constructed of foliate curls at the upper and lower terminals, a damaged beast mask and a man with a staff straddling the main body of the letter. Outlined in black and red inks with details in green, blue and red, and are set against red, green and blue grounds.

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DecorationType:Initial, illuminated Initial letter:S
Text following:Scriptura sacramentis
Decoration location:f.16r

Decoration notes:Arabesque initials, 10 lines high, in green, with red, yellow and blue detailing and shading.

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One of the books presented to Durham Priory by William of St Calais, the first and only surviving of two volumes.

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

Evidence category: catalogue Content: Moralia Gregorii in duabus partibus I Notes: William of St Calais book list in DCL MS A.II.4, f.1r
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Evidence category: exlibris Content: C Prima pars moralium gregorii pape De communi libraria monachorum dunelm Notes: f.1r, early 15th century, upper margin.
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Evidence category: catalogue Content: .C. XVI libri Moralium beati Gregorii pape. iio. fo. retur Quamvis Notes: Cloister catalogue 1395 (DCL MS B.IV.46), f.24v
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Contained work:Breviary (fragment)
Location:f.i* & 243 (flyleaves)
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Notes:Fragment of breviary, possibly written in Durham in a Protogothic, spiky hand: Sanctorale for end of June to start of July. Reused at later date as flyleaf.

Contained work:Gregory the Great, Homiliae in Evangelia (fragment)
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Notes:Single leaf, possibly a rejected sheet written in Durham in a Protogothic hand. End of Homily I.4. Reused at later date as flyleaf.

Contained work:Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job
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Notes:Books 1-16

Contained work:Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job (fragment)
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Notes:A rejected start to quire XXX.

Contained work:Augustine, Sermones de verbis Domini (fragment)
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Notes:Fragment of Sermon 70. Probably a bifolium, currently reversed and with another bifolium interposed between them. Part of the same book as DCL MS B.III.16


Catalogued:Rud 1825

Notes:p.156 Online:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=bookreader/RudDCLmss/rudmsMETSfile.xml#page/162/mode/2up

Catalogued:Mynors 1939 Reference citation:040 Notes:p.38-9 Online:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=bookreader/MynorsDCM/METSmynors.xml#page/38/mode/2up

Catalogued:Gameson 1999 Reference citation:236 Notes:Moralia in Job

Catalogued:Gameson 1999 Reference citation:237 Notes:Flyleaves (f.i* and 241) - fragment from breviary

Catalogued:Gameson 1999 Reference citation:246 Notes:f.ii Augustine, sermon (fragment) as part of entry for B.III.16

Catalogued:Gneuss and Lapidge 2014 Reference citation:241 Notes:Moralia in Job

Catalogued:Gneuss and Lapidge 2014 Reference citation:241.3 Notes:f.ii Augustine, sermon (fragment)

Catalogued:Gneuss and Lapidge 2014 Reference citation:241.5 Notes:Flyleaves (f.i* and 241) - fragment from breviary

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)

Browne 1988 :- Browne, A. C., "Bishop William of St. Carilef's book donations to Durham Cathedral Priory", Scriptorium 42 (1988) 140-155.

Gameson 1999 :- Gameson, Richard, The manuscripts of early Norman England (c.1066-1130) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)

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)