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Notes On The Evangelists, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte'

Notes On The Evangelists, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1138

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1802

Item number: f.9r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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Although the main text is in Latin, there are a series of added notes in Irish at the end of each Gospel which provide the scribe's name: Mael Brigte Ua Mael Uanaig; his age: 28; the fact that he was writing in Armagh; and the date of completion: 1138. In the 13th century further academic notes were added, which suggest that the book was used for study in the new university of Paris. The text on this page is a prologue to the Gospels, in which the Evangelists are compared to the Four Elements, the Four Seasons, etc., beginning 'Evangelia iiii . . .'

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