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Detailed record for Lansdowne 436

Title Miscellany, including the Chronicon, and lives of English saints including Osgythe (ff. 29v-30), imperfect (the 'Romsey Legendary')
Origin England, S. (perhaps Romsey)
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration From ff. 2-5, large and small simple initials in blue, green, or red, 1 with penwork decoration brown (f. 4). Circles around names in blue, brown, pink, or red, some connected by straight lines. From f. 5v, large puzzle initials in blue and red with red and purple or blue foliate penwork decoration and pen-flourishing extending to form a 1-sided border. Large initials in red with purple penwork decoration, often with foliate forms, and in blue with red penwork decoration. Paraphs in red. Highlighting of initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 335 x 215 (225 x 145) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 131 ( + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Collation i uncertain (ff. 1-11); ii-xvii8 (ff. 12-131)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance The Benedictine nunnery of Sts Mary and Elfleda, Romsey, Hants: 15th-century inscription 'Iste liber est de librario ecclesiae sancte Marie et sancte Etheflede virginis de Romesey' (f. 1).
Numerous inscriptions and scribbles, including shelfmark or price (?) 'LLf', and the initials 'E. B.' (f. 1).
William Petty (formerly Fitzmaurice) (b. 1737, d. 1805), 2nd earl of Shelburne and 1st marquess of Lansdowne, prime minister; purchased by the British Museum together with 1244 other Lansdowne manuscripts in 1807.
Select bibliography [Henry Ellis and Francis Douce], A Catalogue of the Lansdowne Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, 1819), no. 436.

C. H. Talbot, ‘A List of Cistercian Manuscripts in Great Britain’, Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion, 8 (1952), 402-18 (p. 412).

'The Liber Confortatorius of Goscelin of Saint Bertin', ed. by C. H. Talbot, in M. M. Lebreton, J. Leclercq, C. H. Talbot, Analecta Monastica: Textes et études sur la vie des moines au moyen age, 3rd series, Studia Anselmiana, 37 (Rome: Herder, 1955), pp. 1-117 (pp.13 n. 73, 21 n. 102.

Felix's Life of Saint Guthlac, ed. by Bertram Colgrave (Cambridge: University Press, 1956), p. 45.

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. 164.

Nigel Morgan, 'Notes on the Post-Conquest Calendar, Litany and Martyrology of the Cathedral Priory of Winchester with a Consideration of Winchester Diocese Calendars of the Pre-Sarum period', in The Vanishing Past: Medieval Studies Presented to Chrisopher Hohler, ed. by Alan Borg and Andrew Martindale (Oxford: B. A. R., 1981), pp. 133-174 (pp. 164 n. 52, 165 n. 57, 168 n. 88).

Three Eleventh-Century Anglo-Latin Saints’ Lives: Vita S. Birini, Vita et miracula S. Kenelmi and Vita S. Rumwoldi, ed. and trans. by Rosalind C. Love (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), p. lxxxii.

Francis Wormald, Collected Writings, ed. by J. J. G. Alexander, T. J. Brown, and Joan Gibbs, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1984-1988), II: Studies in English and Continental Art of the Later Middle Ages, p. 43.

Mediaeval Latin Texts and Their Transmission, ed. by Paolo Chiesa and Lucia Castaldi (Florence: SISMEL, 2004), p. 443.
Last revised: 20 December 2006

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