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List Of Borrowed Books, In A Volume Containing The 'Sentences' Of St. Isidore, And Two Abridgements Of The 'Moralia' Of St. Gregory

List Of Borrowed Books, In A Volume Containing The 'Sentences' Of St. Isidore, And Two Abridgements Of The 'Moralia' Of St. Gregory

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 F.x

Item number: f.2r

Length: 28.2

Width: 18.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Gregory the Great's 'Moralia In Job' was a hugely important medieval text, but is also extremely long: it was typically bound in three or more large volumes. Several authors therefore composed shorter versions of it, two of which are contained in this manuscript. It has been shown to have belonged to Ramsey Abbey: a flyleaf contains a list of manuscripts, including this one, and some which are known to have been at Ramsey; another flyleaf bears the ownership inscription of Ranulph, Abbot of Ramsey (1274-1298). At the top of this page a reader has copied in brown ink an extract from Book II of Isidore's 'Sentences'. Below this, however, written in faint leadpoint, one can just about make out a name (John de Halliwell) to the left of a list of a dozen books, the fourth of which is the present volume (Isidore . . . of Abbot Ralph): it appears to be a list of books borrowed from Ramsey by Halliwell.

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