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Detailed record for Arundel 230

Part 1 ff. 1v-5v 
Title Calendar (January to August only) and computistical table
Origin England, E. (Peterborough or Crowland?)
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Language Latin and French
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initials in blue, red, or green with penwork decoration in red and/or green. 1 diagram (f. 1v).
Dimensions in mm 260 x 165 (205 x 120)
 
Part 2 ff. 7-161 
Title Psalms (ff. 7-146); Canticles (ff. 146-157v); Litany, Petitions and Collects (ff. 157v-161)
Origin England, E. (Peterborough?)
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Language Latin, with French interlinear gloss
Script Protogothic
Decoration 4 large gold initials with foliate decoration in colours on a blue wash background (f. 7, 54v, 100v, 114v) at Psalms 1, 51, 101, and 109. Large initials in red, blue, yellow, or green, most with foliate and other patterned decoration in 1-3 of these colours (until f. 121, at which point the scribe and parchment also changes), and some with a yellow wash. Small initials in red, blue, or green.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 165 (mainly 205 x 120)
 
Part 3 ff. 162-180v 
Title Office of the Dead, Use of Sarum (ff. 162-179v); Gloria and Credo (f. 180r-v)
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration Large gold initial on a blue and pink ground (f. 162). Large blue initials with red penwork decoration and pen-flourishing, and red initials with blue penwork decoration and pen-flourishing. Small red or blue initials. Red or blue paraphs. Red or blue patterned line fillers, including several zoomorphic ones in the form of fish.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 165 (195 x 115)
 
Official foliation ff. 194 (+ unfoliated modern paper flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1972.
Provenance Part 1 (Calendar):
? The Benedictine abbey of Sts Mary, Bartholomew, and Guthlac, Crowland, Lincolnshire: feasts include Guthlac, emphasised in green (11 April), with an octave, and his translation (23 Aug.), Pega (8 Jan.), the translation of Kyneburga, Kyneswitha, and Tibba ((6 March), Sexburga (6 July), Hedda (7 July), and the translation of Benedict (11 July), with an octave (see Wormald 1934).

Part 2 (Psalter):
? Peterborough: the psalms have Benedictine sub-divisions, and the litany includes Peter (in capitals), Aethelwold, Oswald, and Benedict all with double invocations, Guthlac, Kyneburga, Kyneswitha, Tibba, and Sexburga; the petitions are the same as in other Peterborough manuscripts

All parts:
The ownership(?) inscription of a church is mostly torn away (f. 3, lower margin).
Numerous obits of laymen and women are added to the calendar.
? A member of the Dygne family: inscribed 'Of yower charyte pray for the sowlys of Wylliam, John, Recharde & Elizabeth Dygne …' (f. 180v).
? 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. 7).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes For other texts in the volume see the Arundel catalogue description.
ae caudatas, ampersands
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. 69.

Thomas Wright, Popular Treatises on Science written during the Middle Ages, in Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, and English (London: The Historical Society of Science, 1841), p. xi [for Part 2].

J. Romilly Allen, Norman Sculpture and the Mediaeval Bestiaries, from the Rhind Lectures in Archaeology for 1885 (London: Whiting & Co., 1887, repr. Felinfach: Llanerch Publishers, [n. d.]), p. 339.

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), I, H. L. D. Ward, pp. 155-56 (for f. 181v).

Samuel Berger, La bible française au moyen âge (Paris: Champion, 1884), pp. 46-47, 404-05.

English Benedictine Kalendars after A. D. 1100, ed. by Francis Wormald, 2 vols, Henry Bradshaw Society, 77, 81 (London: Harrison and Sons, 1934-1939), I, 113-16.

The Monastic Breviary of Hyde Abbey, Winchester: MSS. Rawlinson Liturg. e. 1*, and Gough Liturg. 8, in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ed. by J. B. L. Tolhurst, Henry Bradshaw Society, LXV-LXXX, 6 vols (London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1932-42), 6, p. 239.

M. Dominica Legge, Anglo-Norman in theCloisters: The Influence of the Orders upon Anglo-Norman Literature, Edinburgh University Publications Language and Literature, 2 (Edinburgh: University Press, 1950), p. 115.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd ed., Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: The Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 56.

The Cambridge History of the Bible, 3 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1963-1970), 2: The West from the Fathers to the Reformation, ed. by G. W. H. Lampe (1969), p. 530.

Lucy Freeman Sandler, The Peterborough Psalter in Brussels and other Fenland Manuscripts (London: Harvey Miller, 1974), p. 154.

D. Sneddon, 'The Anglo-Norman Psalters: 1. A Note on the Relationship between the Oxford and Arundel Psalters', Romania, 99 (1978), 395-99.

The Benedictines in Britain, British Library Series, 3 (London: British Library, 1980), no. 23 [exhibition catalogue].

Geneviève Hasenohr, ‘Bibles et psautiers’, in Mise en page et mise en texte du livre manuscrit, ed. by Henri-Jean Martin and Jean Vezin (n.pl.: Cercle de la Librairie-Promodis, 1990), pp. 317-38 (p. 320).

Geneviève Hasenohr, 'Le rythme et la versification', in Mise en page et mise en texte du livre manuscrit, ed. by Henri-Jean Martin and Jean Vezin (n.pl.: Cercle de la Librairie-Promodis, 1990), pp. 235-38 (pp. 235-36).

R. J. Dean, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts, (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), pp. 173, 191, 205, 242, 244, 248, 476.

Ian Short, 'Introduction, The Texts', in The Trinity Apocalypse (Trinity College Cambridge, MS R.16.2) (London: British Library), 2005, pp. 123-36 (p. 125).
Last revised: 09 March 2006


Images

Part  1   ff. 1v-5v
Calendar (January to August only) and computistical table
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Calendar page

f. 3
Calendar page
Detail

f. 3
Detail
Calendar page

f. 3v
Calendar page
 
Detail

f. 3v
Detail

Part  2   ff. 7-161
Psalms (ff. 7-146); Canticles (ff. 146-157v); Litany, Petitions and Collects (ff. 157v-161)
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Illuminated initial

f. 7
Illuminated initial
Detail

f. 7
Detail
Illuminated initial

f. 114v
Illuminated initial
 
Detail

f. 114v
Detail
Litany

f. 158
Litany

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