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Detailed record for Royal 7 D XXIV

Part 1 ff. 82-168 
Author Aldhelm
Title De laudibus virginitatis; letter of Aldhelm to Ehfridus
Origin England, S. (Winchester or Canterbury, Christ Church)
Date 1st quarter of 10th century
Language Latin with Old English glosses
Script Insular minuscule
Decoration Drawing of an author portrait of Aldhelm, touched-up in ink at the end of 10th century (f. 85v). Zoomorphic initials highlighted in colours, with display script, at the beginning of the text (f. 86).
Dimensions in mm 170 x 120 (135 x 90)
 
Part 2 ff. 2-81v 
Author Guitmundus, bishop of Aversa
Title De corpore et sanguine Domini'
Origin England, S. E. (Canterbury, Christ Church)
Date 1st half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initial in red with penwork decoration (f. 1).
Dimensions in mm 170 x 120 (120 x 90)
 
Official foliation ff. 168 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 7 at the end; f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1983.
Provenance Added fragment of an ecclesiastical writ dated in 540, 16th century (f. 1).
John Lumley, 1st baron Lumley (b. c. 1533, d. 1609), collector and conspirator: inscribed with his name (f. 1); listed in the 1609 catalogue of his collection, no. 399 (see The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 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. 399).
Added transcription of the letter of Aldhelm to Ehfridus, with corrections in the hand of Patrick Young, 17th century (ff. 163-165).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Part I: includes the letter of Aldhelm (c. 639-7-9), abbot of Malmesbury and bishop of Sherborne, to Ehfridus (ff. 162v, 166-168).
Part II: quire signatures.
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), I, p. 192.

R. Priebsch, The Heliand Manuscript Caligula A. VII in the British Museum: A Study (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1925), pp. 20, 30, 32.

Francis Wormald, 'Decorated Initials in English Manuscripts from A.D. 900 to 1100', Archeologia, 91 (1945) 107-35 (p. 115).

D. Talbot Rice, English Art 871-1100, Oxford History of English Art, 2 (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1952), p. 178.

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), p. 73.

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. 364.

Elzbieta Temple, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts 900-1066, Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 2 (London: Harvey Miller, 1976), no. 4.

Aldhelm, The Prose Works, ed. and trans. by Michael Lapidge and Michael Herren (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979), pp. 11-19, 51-136 [a translation of the text].

Michelle Brown, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1991), p. 24, fig. 22.

The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, ed. by Leslie Webster and Janet Backhouse (London: British Museum, 1991), no. 59 [exhibition catalogue].

J. A Kiff-Hooper, 'Classbooks or Works of Art ? Some observations on the 10th Century Manuscripts of Aldhelm's De Laude Virginitatis', Church and Chronicle in the Middle Ages ed. by Ian Wood and G. Loud (London: Hambledon Press, 1991) 15-26 (pp. 16-21).

Richard Gameson, 'The Decoration of the Tanner Bede', Anglo-Saxon England, 21 (1992) 115-159 (pp. 123-26, 137, n. 94, 158, n. 197).

Patrizia Lendinara, Anglo-Saxon Glosses and Glossaries (Ashgate: Variorum, 1999), pp. 7, 21.

Christopher de Hamel, The British Library Guide to Manuscript Illumination: History and Techniques (London: British Library, 2001), pl. 46.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100 (Tempe: Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 473 (ff. 82-168).

Michelle P. Brown, The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe (London: British Library, 2003), pp. 219, 294, fig. 128.

Michelle P. Brown, Painted Labyrinth: The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels (London: British Library, 2003), p. 46.

The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West, ed. by Paul Binski and Stella Panayotova (London: Harvey Miller, 2005), p. 243.

Michael Wood, ' "Stand strong against the monsters": kingship and learning in the empire of King Aethelstan', in Lay intellectuals in the Carolingian World, ed. by Patrick Wormald and Janet L. Nelson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 102-217 (pp. 201-02, n. 36).
Last revised: 22 September 2009


Images

Part  1   ff. 82-168
Aldhelm De laudibus virginitatis; letter of Aldhelm to Ehfridus
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Aldhelm

f. 85v
Aldhelm
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f. 85v
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f. 86
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f. 96
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Decorated initial

f. 99v
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f. 101v
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f. 103v
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f. 115
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f. 132v
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f. 149v
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f. 158
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f. 162v
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