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Detailed record for Arundel 74

Author Bede
Title Historia ecclesiastica (ff. 1-99), De muliere forti, Epistola Cuthberti
Origin England, E. (East Anglia? or Norwich?)
Date between c. 1375 and 1406
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 full foliate bar border and large initial in colours and gold, with a quadruped (dragon) on the border and an unfinished drawing in the historiated initial of a seated man writing (f. 2v). 1 three-sided foliate border and initial in colours and gold, with arms in the initial (f. 1). Large initials in gold, pink, and/or blue, some also with red, with gold balls, and/or with foliate, floral, or filigree decoration (one with heraldic arms, f. 21). Line fillers in pink and/or blue.
Dimensions in mm 345 x 240 (240 x 165) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 106 (+ 2 modern paper flyleaves at the front; 1 old and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the back)
Collation i-xii8 (ff. 1-96), xiii10 (ff. 97-106).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled end-papers.
Provenance Henry Despenser (d. 1406), bishop of Norwich (his arms, ff. 1, 21).
Lord William Howard (b. 1563, d. 1640), antiquary and landowner, the younger son of Thomas Howard (b. 1538, d. 1572), 4th duke of Norfolk (inscription: ‘William Howard 1592'; ink drawing of a lion rampant, margin, f. 1.).
? 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 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, p. 21.

Venerabilis Baedae opera historica , ed by Charles Plummer, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon, 1896), I, p. cxliii (as Ar).

Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie, The Manuscripts of Caedmon's Hymn and Bede's Death Song (New York: Columbia University Press, 1937), p. 8 (as Ar1).

M. L. W. Laistner and H. H. King, A Hand-List of Bede Manuscripts (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1943), p. 97.

N. R. Ker, Handlist of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), p. 143.

Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, ed. by Bertram Colgrave and R. A. B. Mynors (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969), p. lviii.

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), I, 71 n. 26.


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Illuminated border and initial

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Illuminated border and initial
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f. 1
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Historiated initial and border

f. 2v
Historiated initial and border
 
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f. 2v
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f. 2v
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