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Detailed record for Royal 8 F IX

Part 1 ff. 1-72v 
Author Stephen Langton
Title Interpretaciones nominum Ebreorum (Interpretation of the Hebrew names)
Origin England
Date Last quarter of the 13th century or first quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initials in blue with red penwork decoration. Numerous small initials in alternating red or blue. Rubrics in red. Drawings in lower margins in brown or red of hybrid creatures (f. 1, 5v, 11, 11v, 15v, 27v, 48, 49, 61, 68).
Dimensions in mm 270 x 190 (210 x 135) in two columns
Part 2 73-103 
Title Three sermons
Origin England
Date Last quarter of 13th century or 1st quarter of 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive, written below the top line
Decoration Magic square in brown ink (f. 11v). Spaces left for initials.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 190 (220 x 140)
Part 3 ff. 105-159 
Author Guy of Warwick
Title Anglo-Norman romance (imperfect in the beginning and end)
Origin England
Date 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic cursive in two columns
Decoration Spaces left for initials have not been filled (ff. 105-139) . From f. 139v initials have been completed in blue or red with penwork decoration; paraphs in blue or red. (ff. 139v-159).
Dimensions in mm 270 x 190 (230 x 150/60)
Official foliation ff. 159 (ff. 1 and 159 are original parchment flyleaves with text + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post 1600. White parchment; marbled endpapers.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St Werburg, Chester: included in a list of 20 books bequeathed by Richard of Chester, canon of York (died 1347). [Possibly part I only].
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542 and in the catalogue of 1666, f.17v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library
Notes Part 2 contains musical notation in fragments of hymns and letters in the margins and on end pages.
Remigius (d. 908) was a Benedictine monk who taught at the monastery of Auxerre. His writings include several biblical glossaries and commentaries. This 'Interpretation of Hebrew Names' found in the Bible was commonly added at the end of Bibles made in the 13th century; it lists the Hebrew names alphabetically, and gives their Latin equivalent.
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, pp. 267-68.

Gui de Warewic, Roman du XIIIe siecle, ed. by Alfred Ewert, 2 vols (Paris: Edouard Champion, 1932), [an edition of the text of Part 3].

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. 49.

Phyllis Barzillay Roberts, Studies in the Sermons of Stephen Langton (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1968), p. 36 n. 87.

Velma Richmond, The Legend of Guy of Warwick (New York: Garland, 1996), pp. 37-48 [Part 3, on the text].

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999) no. 154.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.1165.

Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor, ed. by Alison Wiggins and Rosalind Field, Studies in Medieval Romance (Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2007) pp. 2, n. 3, 10, 18, 25. [Part 3]


Part  1   ff. 1-72v
Stephen Langton Interpretaciones nominum Ebreorum (Interpretation of the Hebrew names)
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Decorated initial and inscription

f. 2
Decorated initial and inscription
Hybrid creature

f. 5v
Hybrid creature
Magic square

f. 90v
Magic square

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