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Detailed record for Royal 5 E XIII

Author Cyprianus, Bede and others
Title Theological treatises
Origin France, W. (Brittany)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Rubric in display capitals with some letters in red (f. 52). Large initials in brown, some with decoration.
Dimensions in mm 230 x 145 (200 x 115/25)
Official foliation ff. 100 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 1 after f. 63 + 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1983.
Provenance The Benedictine cathedral priory of St Mary, Worcester: included in Patrick Young's catalogue of the Worcester library, no. 333 (see Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum bibliothecae Wigorniensis made in 1622-1623 by Patrick Young, Librarian to King James I, ed. by J. Atkins and N. R. Ker (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1944).
Corrections in an English hand of the 10th century (e.g., f. 80v).
Press-mark R/cxcii altered to R/xxvii in a 14th-century hand (f. 100v).
John Theyer (bap. 1598, d. 1673), antiquary, included in the catalogue of his library left to his grandson Charles Theyer (b. 1651): see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae, 3 vols. (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), II, no. 6393.
Robert Scott (b. c. 1632, d. 1709/10), London bookseller: included in the catalogue of John Theyer’s manuscripts in his possession, appraised in 1678 by William Beveridge and William Jane, Royal Appendix, 70, no. 181.
Charles II (b. 1630, d.1685), king of England, Scotland, and Ireland: purchased from Scott together with other 311 manuscripts from Theyer's library.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contents include:
Canon in Ebreica (ff. 1-9)
Excerpts from the canonical collection, 'Collection Hibernensis' (ff. 52-68) (see Kery 1999)
'De remediis peccatorum', a penitential attributed to Bede (ff. 69-79)
A fragment of the apocryphal Book of Enoch, the only extant Anglo Saxon manuscript containing this text (ff. 79v-80) (see Orchard 2002).
Select bibliography [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, p. 55.

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, p. 116.

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. 208.

David N. Dumville, 'Biblical Apocrypha and the Early Irish: A preliminary investigation' , Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 73C (1973), 299-338 (p. 331).

F. A. Rella, 'Continental manuscripts acquired for English centers in the tenth and early eleventh centuries, a preliminary checklist', Anglia, 98 (1980), 105-16 (p. 112).

Allen J. Frantzen, 'The Penitentials Attributed to Bede', Speculum, 58.2 (1983), 573-97 (p. 579, 583).

Lotte Kery, Canonical collections of the early Middle Ages (ca. 400-1140) (Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1999), pp. 75, 78.

Gneuss, H. Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100 (Tempe, Arizona, 2001), no. 459.

David N. Dumville, English Caroline Script and Monastic History, Studies in Benedictinism, A.D.950-1030 , Studies in Anglo-Saxon History, 6 (Suffolk: Boydell, 1993), p. 48.

Richard Gameson, ‘Book Production and Decoration at Worcester in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries’, in St Oswald of Worcester: Life and Influence, ed. by Nicholas Brooks and Catherine Cubitt, Studies in the Early History of Britain, The Makers of England, 2 (London: Leicester University Press, 1996), pp. 194-243 (p. 196n.).

Richard Gameson, ‘L’Angleterre et la Flandre aux Xe et XIe siècles: le témoignage des manuscrits’, in Les Échanges culturels au Moyen A^ge, Série Histoire Ancienne et Médiévale, 70 (Paris: Sorbonne, 2002), pp. 165-206, (p. 186).

Andy Orchard, Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the Beowulf Manuscript (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), p. 65.

Shannon O. Ambrose, 'A new Assessment and Transcription of the Canon in Ebreica in London, British Library, MS Royal 5 E XIII', Codices Manuscripti & Impressi: Zeitschrift fur Buchgeschichte 91/92 (2013), 11-24 [on ff. 1-9].

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Text page

f. 16
Text page
Decorated initial

f. 52
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 79v
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 82
Decorated initial

f. 100v

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