BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Aelfric, Catholic Homilies, two adjacent strips from a homily for
Palm Sunday. England; eleventh century, first quarter.
recto: ...st we wyllath nu fon on ... Swa eac tha heafodm
verso: forthrihte hlaford ... him sylfum licath ac sythan
Parchment; 255 x 42 mm; 258 x 43 mm.; 1 column; originally 32 lines, 27
remaining. Dry-point ruling on the hair side.
The fragments were found by Dr. James Molloy attached to a binding
board in a lumber room containing part of the old presbytery library at
Winchester. They were sold at Sotheby's, July 29, 1965 (lot 576).
Bequest of James M. Osborn, 1976.
Comments: These two strips were once used in the binding of a copy
of the sermons of St. Augustine, Bodleian Vet.E.1 b.10. The strips
overlapped by about 160 mm. so that they could extend to the 360 mm.
height of the Augustine manuscript, and the sewing holes in the strips
align to show this. The strips were cut from adjacent portions of text
from the inner margin of a folio in a manuscript which originally
contained Aelfric's Catholic Homilies and Lives of Saints (fragments
from different parts of the same manuscript exist in the Bodleian
Library, Queen's College Library, Cambridge, and the Lilly Library of
Indiana University). The manuscript is from the "middle period" of
Aelfric's productions of these texts, which lasted for about ten years
Collins, Rowland L. and Peter Clemoes. "The Common Origin of the
Aelfric fragments at New Haven, Oxford, Cambridge, and Bloomington" in
Old English Studies in Honour of John Collins Pope, 1974.
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