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Detailed record for Royal 5 C V

Author Alexander Nequam, Pseudo-Augustine, Augustine
Title Corrogationes Promethei; Hypomnesticon contra pelagianos et caelestianos; miscellaneous works of Augustine; sermons attributed to Caesarius
Origin England, N.
Date Last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 5 historiated initials of the Agnus Dei, in gold and colours, with marginal foliate extensions, at the beginning of some major text divisions (ff. 2, 123, 139v, 210, 252). 4 initials in gold on blue and red grounds with penwork decoration in white, at the beginning of other major text divisions (ff. 61, 82v, 87, 187). Initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraphs in blue.
Dimensions in mm 345 x 230 (235 x 140), in two columns
Official foliation ff. 307 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end; ff. 1, 307 are medieval parchment flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1990
Provenance The Gilbertine priory of St. Mary, Sempringham (Lincolnshire), given by John of Glynton: inscribed, 'Lib[er] de domo de Semp[r]i[n]gh[a]m ex i[m]pet[ra]t[i]one Ioh[an]nis de Glynton / cano[n]ici d[ic]te dom[us] et si q[u]is hu[n]c titulu[m] mun[era]verit fiat anathema / et est p[re]tiu[m] libri xx sol.', 14th century (f. 1v); inscribed 'Sempyngham' (f. 307v).
Added table of contents, 14th century (f. 1).
Added Lord's Prayer, in English in a pre-Wycliffite version (for the transcription, see David Casley, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts of the King’s Library (London, 1734), p. 78), mid-14th century (f. 307).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 1229', and Henrician title 'Opuscula quidam D. Augustini' (f. 1), included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes: 'Corrogationes Promethei' of Alexander Nequam (ff. 2-57v);
'Hypomnesticon contra pelagianos et caelestianos' of Pseudo-Augustine, written by a different but contemporary hand (ff. 57v-59); miscellaneous works of Augustine (ff. 61-101v);
three sermons attributed to Caesarius (ff. 101v-103v);
miscellaneous works of Augustine (ff. 103v-104v; 111-306);
miscellaneous works of Alcher of Clairvaux (ff. 104v-111).
Numerous human heads and pointing hands (maniculae). Catchwords
Select bibliography 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. 108.

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. 406).

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. 177.

G. L. Bursill-Hall, A Census of Medieval Latin Grammatical Manuscripts, Grammatica Speculativa: Sprachtheorie und Logik des Mittelalters, 4 (Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 1981), p. 119, no.156.

F. Dolbeau, 'Un poème philosophique de l'Antiquité tardive: De pulchritudine mundi', Revue des études augustiniennes, 42 (1996) 21-43 (p. 22).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.1229, pl. 5c.
Last revised: 21 September 2009

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Agnus Dei

f. 2
Agnus Dei
Illuminated initial

f. 61
Illuminated initial
Agnus Dei

f. 139v
Agnus Dei
Lord's Prayer

f. 307
Lord's Prayer

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