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Augustine, Enchiridion ; Autpert Ambrose, Liber de Conflictu Virtutum et Vitiorum ; John Chrysostom, De Muliere Chananea sub Figura Persecutionis ; Lectiones de Miraculis Sancti Lethardi Episcopi ; Fulcher of Chartres, Historia Hierosolymitana

British Library

DESCRIZIONE

This composite manuscript contains four parts (ff. i recto-48v [Part 1]; ff. 49r-56v [Part 2]; 57r-64v [Part 3]; and 65r-133v [Part 4]) that were produced between the 4th quarter of the 11th century and the 2nd quarter of the 12th century (see 'Provenance' for the dating of the separate parts). It contains theological works by St Augustine of Hippo (b. 354, d. 430); Autpert Ambrose (d. 784), abbot of St Vincent in Volturno at Rocchetta; John Chrysostom (b. c. 349, d. 407); and Fulcher of Chartres (b. 1059, d. 1127). It also includes readings from the miracles of St Liudhard (d. c. 603), bishop and chaplain to Queen Bertha of Kent. The parts were all produced at the Benedictine abbey of St Augustine at Canterbury where they were joined together, at least, by the end of the 14th century: the manuscript has been listed in a catalogue of the abbey’s library that was compiled between 1375 and 1420 (see St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury , ed. by Barker-Benfield (2008), pp. 527-28). Contents: Part 1: ff. i recto-48r: St Augustine, Enchiridion (Manual), with a table of contents (ff. i recto-ii verso). Part 2: ff. 49r-54r: Pseudo-Leo the Great (Ambrose Autpert), Liber de Conflictu Virtutum et Vitiorum (Book on the Conflict between Virtues and Vices), beginning ‘Incipit Liber Leonis Papae de conflictu vitiorum atque virtutum’. ff. 54r-56r: Short extracts from St Augustine and St Ambrose. Part 3: ff. 57r-62r: John Chrysostom, De Muliere Chananea sub Figura Persecutionis (On the Canaanite Woman’s Form of Persecution). ff. 62v-64v: Lectiones de Miraculis Sancti Lethardi Episcopi (Readings from the Miracles of Bishop Saint Lethard). Part 4: ff. 65r-133v: Fulcher of Chartres, Historia Hierosolymitana (History of Jerusalem), with a prologue (ff. 65r-65v). The manuscript contains a few additions: f. 134r: A note on the Crusades, from Simeon of Durham and Henry of Huntingdon (b. 1529, d.1603), in the hand of John Joscelyn, secretary to Archbishop Matthew Parker. f. 135v: Religious couplets on the pastoral staff, added in the 14th century (?), beginning ‘Coll[ige] primuro medio Rege punge per ymum / [Collige] sustenta stimula vaga morbida lenta’. [ff. 48v, 56v, 134v, 135r are blank]. Decoration: Part 1: 1 large inhabited initial with foliate interlace and zoomorphic figures in colours (f. 1r). Display script (rustic capitals) in red, yellow, green and blue (f. 1r). Initials in red, brown, blue, or green, at the beginning of chapter. Rubrics in red, yellow or green. Roman numerals in red. Part 2: Large and small initials in red, green or purple. Rubrics in red. Part 3: 1 large initial in red (57r). Small initials highlighted with red or green. Rubrics in red (ff.57r-62r); large initials in red or green, some with arabesque motifs. Rubrics in red. Roman numerals in red (ff. 62v-64v). Part 4: 1 large initial in blue with arabesque motifs in yellow, red and green (f. 65r). 1 large initial in green with red dots (f. 65v). Large and small initials in red, green, blue or yellow, some with arabesque motifs. Display script (rustic capitals) in red, yellow, green and blue. Rubrics and underlining in red. Manicules in brown ink added to margins throughout the manuscript (e.g. ff. 4r, 4v, 29r, 119r).
Provenienza: Canterbury, England.
Data approssimativa: 12th century