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Detailed record for Harley 5041

Part 1 ff. 1-78v 
Author Jerome , Isidore
Title Patristic florilegium for monks, including extracts from Jerome's 'Sententiae generalis' (ff. 63-75) and 'De ortu et obitu patriarcharum', chapter 5 (ff. 75-75v), imperfect at the beginning
Origin France, N. E.
Date 2nd quarter of the 8th century
Language Latin
Script Merovingian cursive minuscule (ff. 1-8) and uncial capitals (titles and ff. 8v-78v), written above top line, with notes in minuscule
Decoration Decorated initial in pen (f. 76). Titles and rubrics in display capitals in silver. Large initials, some decorated, a few in silver or green (f. 75).
Dimensions in mm 180 x 135 (140 x 100)
 
Part 2 ff. 79-98v 
Title Life of Fursey
Origin France, N. E. (Picardy?)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 8th century
Language Latin
Script Merovingian cursive minuscule
Decoration Title and initial in silver (f. 79, partly effaced). Initials in silver (many effaced).
Dimensions in mm 180 x 135 (130 x 95)
 
Official foliation ff. 100 (+ 3 unfoliated early modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and the end).
Collation Gatherings mostly of 8.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1856.
Provenance The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts.
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d.1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes This patristic florilegium is unique: it quotes Isidore, Jerome and others, but its source has not been identified.
First leaf missing.
Liturgical notes (ff. 98v, 99).
Notes in Caroline minuscule (ff. 99v, 100).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-1812), II (1808), no. 5041.

Carl Fr. W. Zangemeister and Wilhelm Wattenbach, Exempla Codicum Latinorum litteris majusculis scriptorum. Supplementum (Heidelberg: 1879), pls 57, 57a.

[E. Maunde Thompson and G. F. Warner], Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1881-1884), Part II Latin, pp. 53-54, pl. 31.

Bruno Krusch, 'Vita virtutesque Fursei abbatis latiniacensis et de Fuilano additamentum nivialense', in Passiones vitaeque sanctorum aevi merovingici, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptorum Rerum Merovingicarum, 4 (Hannover, 1902), pp. 423-440 (p. 429).

Codices Latini Antiquiores, ed. by E. A. Lowe, 11 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934-1966), II: Great Britain and Ireland (1935), nos 202a and b.

Bernhard Bischoff, 'Frühkarolingische Handschriften und ihre Heimat', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relatives aux manuscrits, 22 (1968), 306-14 (p. 309).

David Ganz, 'The Merovingian Library of Corbie', in Columbanus and Merovingian Monasticism, ed. by Howard B. Clarke and Mary Brennan, BAR International series, 113 (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 1981), pp. 153-72 (f. 171 n. 49).

Rosamond McKitterick, 'The Scriptoria of Merovingian Gaul: A Survey of the Evidence', in Columbanus and Merovingian Monasticism , ed. by Howard B. Clarke and Mary Brennan, BAR International series, 113 (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 1981), pp. 173-207 (p. 206 n. 103).

Rosamond McKitterick, 'Knowledge of Canon Law in the Frankish Kingdoms before 789: The Manuscript Evidence', The Journal of Theological Studies 36 (1985), 97-117 (p. 408).

David Ganz, 'Corbie and Neustrian Monastic Culture 661-849', in La Neustrie: Les pays au nord de la Loire de 650 a` 850 : Colloque historique international ed. by Hartmut Atsma, 2 vols (Sigmaringen: Thorbecke, 1989), II, pp. 339-47 (p. 341 n. 12).

Rosamond McKitterick, 'Nuns' Scriptoria in England and Francia in the Eighth Century', Francia, 19 (1989), 1-35 (pp. 17, 20).

Günther Glauche, 'Incipit clericalis vel monachalis sancti Hieronymi presbyteri', Bibliotheksforum Bayern BFB, 22 (1994), 141-47 (p. 146).

Rosamond McKitterick, 'Women and Literacy in the Early Middle Ages', in Books, Scribes and Learning in the Frankish Kingdoms, 6th-9th Centuries, Variorum Collected Studies Series, CS452 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1994), pp. 1-43 (p. 7 n. 15).

Bernhard Bischoff, Manuscripts and Libraries in the Age of Charlemagne, trans. and ed. by Michael Gorman, Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology, 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994; most originally pub. in Mittelalterliche Studien: Ausgewählte Aufsätze zur Schriftkunde und Literaturgeschichte I-III (Stuttgart: Hieresmann, 1966-1981), pp. 13, 27.

Michelle P. Brown, The life of St. Fursey : What we know; why it matters (Norwich: Fursey Pilgrims, 2001; repr. 2003), p. 16.

Oliver Rackham, Transitus Beati Fursei: A translation of the 8th century manuscript. Life of Saint Fursey (Norwich: Fursey Pilgrims, 2007), pp. iii, viii-ix, with pls.


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Part  1   ff. 1-78v
Jerome , Isidore Patristic florilegium for monks, including extracts from Jerome's 'Sententiae generalis' (ff. 63-75) and 'De ortu et obitu patriarcharum', chapter 5 (ff. 75-75v), imperfect at the beginning
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Text page

f. 39
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Decorated initial

f. 76
Decorated initial

Part  2   ff. 79-98v
Life of Fursey
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Text page with title

f. 79
Text page with title
Text page

f. 99
Text page
Flyleaf

f. 100
Flyleaf
 

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