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Detailed record for Royal 15 C VII

Author Lantfredus : Wulfstan
Title Life and miracles of St Swithun
Origin England, S. (Winchester)
Date 1st quarter of the 11th century
Language Latin, with a few glosses in English
Script Caroline minuscule; Uncial titles
Decoration Large initials in red or green. Numerous small initials, alternately red and green. Rubrics alternately red and green
Dimensions in mm 285 x 210 (200 x 130/140
Official foliation ff.1*, 2* + 127 + 1*, 2* (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end + 2 parchment leaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled red leather with a floral stamp at the centre of both covers. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance Written at the Old Minster, Winchester, c. 1000, possibly 996 (see Temple 1976; Lapidge 2003 p. 240), with later 11th century additions; added miracles of St Swithun (ff. 124v-126v); remained at Winchester until at least the 16th century (see Lapidge 2003 p. 23).
Thomas Dakcombe, rector of St Mary Colebrook and petty canon of Winchester Cathedral, in 1566: inscribed 'Libru[m] d[omi]n[i Thomas dackombis', (f. 2) .
Humphrey Lloyd: inscription (f. 2*v).
John Lumley, 1st baron Lumley (b. c. 1533, d. 1609), collector and conspirator, Lloyd's brother-in-law: inscribed with his name (f. 2); listed in the 1609 catalogue of his collection, no. 601 (see The Lumley Library, 1956); passed to Henry, prince of Wales.
Henry Frederick, prince of Wales (b. 1594, d. 1612), eldest child of James I: his collection became part of the Royal Library: in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697'), no 8121).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes This manuscript contains a variety of different works concerning St. Swithun, Bishop of Winchester (d. 862), including a tract on miracles attributed to him; a hymn in which the first lines begin with the letters from A to Z, followed by four more beginning with A, M, E, and N; and a biography written in verse.
Contents:
Lantfred's Translation et Miracula S. Swithuni (ff. 2-49);
Hymn to St Swithun (epanaleptic) (ff. 49v-50v);
Wulfstan's Narratio Metrica de S. Swithuno (ff. 51-124);
Additional poems and miracles of St Swithun (ff. 124v-126v);
A few Old English glosses (ff. 109, 111).
Marginal directions for reading at night office (ff. 3v-8).
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, pp. 166-67.

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), p. 91.

N. R. Ker, Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), p. 336, no. 270.

Andrew G. Watson, ‘A sixteenth-century collector: Thomas Dackomb, 1496-c. 1572’, The Library (1963), 204-17 (p. 214, no. 12).

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 200.

Elzbieta Temple, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts 900-1066, Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 2 (London: Harvey Miller, 1976), p. 94.

David N. Dumville, English Caroline Script and Monastic History, Studies in Benedictinism, A.D.950-1030 , Studies in Anglo-Saxon History, 6 (Suffolk: Boydell, 1993), p. 145.

Michael Lapidge, Anglo-Latin Literature 600-899 (London: Hambledon Press, 1996), p. 433.

Alan Coates, English Medieval Books: The Reading Abbey Collections from Foundation to Dispersal (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999), p. 126.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 496.

Michael Lapidge, The Cult of St Swithun, Winchester Studies Series, 4.2 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003) pp. 23, 239-40, 805.

David Howlett, Insular Inscriptions (Chippenham: Antony Rowe, 2005), pp. 94-98.

Richard W. Pfaff, The Liturgy in Medieval England: A History (Cambridge: University Press, 2009), p. 43.


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