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Detailed record for Egerton 2818

ff. 2-70v 
Author Benedict, abbot of Peterborough
Title Miracles of Thomas Becket, imperfect
 
ff. 71-78 
Author John of Salisbury, bishop of Chartres
Title Passion of Thomas Becket
 
Origin France, E. (Pontigny?)
Date last quarter of the 12th century, after 1179
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 4 large initials in colours with foliate decoration at the beginning of some books or prologues (ff. 2, 13v, 48v (x2)). Large initials alternating in red or blue, some with penwork decoration, at the beginning of chapters. Small initials in blue or red in the chapter lists.
Dimensions in mm 325 x 230 (240 x 170) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 78 ( + 1 unfoliated parchment leaf at the end; f. 1 is a parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Marbled; half bound, with the Phillipps label '10227' on the spine.
Provenance ? The Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Pontigny: note by Phillipps in pencil 'Ex Abb. Pontigniaci, Auxerre' (f. 1).
Sir Thomas Phillipps (b. 1792, d. 1872), baronet, collector of books and manuscripts: his shelfmark in pencil 'B24.736' (upper pastedown) and manuscript number 'Phillipps MS. 10,227' (f. 1); his sale, 5 June 1899, lot 136, bought by the British Museum, using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1894-1899 (London: British Museum, 1901), no. Eg. 2818.

[C. H. Talbot], 'Cistercian Manuscripts in England', Collectanea Ordinis Cisterciensium Reformatorum, 14 (1952), 208-12, 264-77 (p. 272).

P. Ambrosius Schneider, ‘Deutsche und französische Cistercienser-Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken’, Cistercienserchronik, 61/62 (1962), 43-54 (p. 46 no. 11).

Monique Peyrafort-Huin, Monique, with Patricia Stirnemann and Jean-Luc Benoit, La bibliothèque médiévale de l’abbaye de Pontigny (XIIe-XIXe) siècles: histoires, inventaires anciens, manuscrits, Documents, études et répertoires, 60, Histoire des bibliothèques médiévale, 11 (Paris: CNRS Editions, 2001), no. 80, pl. 22. [with additional bibliography].

Patricia Stirnemann, 'Le témoignage des manuscrits: scribes et enlumineurs (1140-1220)’, in Monique Peyrafort-Huin, Monique, with Patricia Stirnemann and Jean-Luc Benoit, La bibliothèque médiévale de l’abbaye de Pontigny (XIIe-XIXe) siècles: histoires, inventaires anciens, manuscrits, Documents, études et répertoires, 60, Histoire des bibliothèques médiévale, 11 (Paris: CNRS Editions, 2001), pp. 55-78 (pp. 65-66, 77).


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ff. 2-70v
Benedict, abbot of Peterborough Miracles of Thomas Becket, imperfect
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Decorated initial

f. 2
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 48v
Decorated initial

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