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Aelfric's Catholic Homilies, In A Miscellany

Aelfric's Catholic Homilies, In A Miscellany

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1060

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Cleopatra B XIII

Item number: f.13r

Length: 18.5

Width: 12.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This manuscript is written by several scribes, two of whom almost certainly worked at Exeter Cathedral while Leofric was bishop (1046-72) and it was probably given to the cathedral by him. Aelfric (c.955-1020) was a monk of Winchester, and later abbot of Eynsham, near Oxford. He wrote these homilies probably c. 990-993; they are intended both as a series of sermons for feast days throughout the year, but also as a survey of biblical and ecclesiastical history. This first homily concerns the Creation, the Fall, the Tower of Babel, Noah and the Flood, and so on.

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