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Detailed record for Arundel 490

Author Gratian; Pope Alexander III
Title Decretum; collections of Alexander III's decretals, with marginal glosses
Origin France, Central (Paris?) or France, N. (Sens)
Date Last quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic, written above top line
Decoration 1 large initial with a full border in colours and gold with foliate patterns, animals and figures (f. 1). 38 large foliate 'Channel-style' initials with white lions, dragons, hybrid creatures, or human or animal head or tail terminals in gold and colours, and gold letters (ff. 7, 54, 66, 75v, 90, 81, 82v, 84, 87v, 89v, 91, 92v, 98, 105, 107, 109, 111v, 119, 121, 122v, 123, 124v, 125v, 130, 142v, 148v, 150v, 154v, 161, 161v, 163v, 164v, 169v, 187v, 188v, 192v, 193). Large red and blue puzzle initials with penwork decoration. Small red or blue initials, most with penwork decoration in the other colour or in black. Chapter numbers and headings in red or blue letters.
Dimensions in mm 410 x 275 (270 x 160) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 221 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Collation i-xxvi8 (ff. 1-208), remainder uncertain.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled end-papers.
Provenance The Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Eberbach: 13th century inscription: 'Iste liber est gloriose virg. Marie in Ebirbach' (f. 5).
? Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician.
Henry Howard (b. 1628, d. 1684), 6th duke of Norfolk, presented to the Royal Society in 1667.
The Royal Society, London: its ink stamp: 'Soc. Reg. Lond / ex dono HENR. HOWARD / Norfolciensis.' (f. 1).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part I: The Arundel Manuscripts, pp. 134-36.

W. R. Tymms and M. D. Wyatt, The Art of Illuminating as Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times (London: Day and Sons, 1860; repr. Studio Editions, 1987), pl. XIII.1.

Walther Holtzmann, 'Collectio Eberbacensis', Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, 27 (1928), 548-55 (p. 549).

[C. H. Talbot], 'Cistercian Manuscripts in England', Collectanea Ordinis Coisterciensium Reformatorum, 14 (1952), 208-12, 264-77 (p. 267).

P. Ambrosius Schneider, 'Deutsche und französische Cistercienser-Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken', Cistercienserchronik, 61/62 (1962), 43-54 (p. 51, no. 40).

Sigrid Krämer and Michael Bernhard, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, 3 vols, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge: Deutschlands und der Schweiz, Supplement 1, ed. by Bernhard Bischoff, (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), III: Handschriften-Register, p. 303.

Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: Die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der in Oxford und London aufbewahrten Handschriften (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 1998), pp. 72, 246, 283, figs 54, 55, 169.

Patricia Stirnemann, 'En quête de Sens', in Quand la peintures était dans les livres: Mélanges offerts à François Avril, ed. by Mara Hofmann, Eberhard Koënig, Caroline Zöhl (Turnhout: Brepols, Paris: Bnf, 2007), pp. 303-11 (p. 305).

Rudolf Weigand, 'The Development of the Glossa ordinaria to Gratian's Decretum', in The History of Medieval Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140-1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, ed. by Wilfried Hartmann and Kenneth Pennington (Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 2008), pp. 55-97 (pp. 64, 72).

James A. Brundage, The Medieval Origins of the Legal Profession: Canonists, Civilians, and Courts (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008), pp. 176, n. 33, 503.
Last revised: 08 February 2011


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Iluminated initial and border

f. 1
Iluminated initial and border
King

f. 1
King
Detail of initial

f. 1
Detail of initial
 
Illuminated initial

f. 7
Illuminated initial
Detail

f. 7
Detail
Zoomorphic initial

f. 75v
Zoomorphic initial
 
Anthropomorphic initial

f. 81
Anthropomorphic initial
Hybrid figure

f. 81
Hybrid figure
Hybrid figure

f. 81
Hybrid figure
 
Hybrid

f. 91
Hybrid

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