English copy of St Augustine’s De Trinitate from St Alban's Abbey

Description

St Augustine’s treatise on the Trinity was one of his most influential works. It concerns Christian theology and doctrine and was widely copied in monastic institutions in both England and France. 

This copy begins with a calendar of feast days containing evidence that it was made at St Alban’s Abbey, an important Benedictine institution that had an extensive library and scriptorium. 

The De Trinitate text is incomplete, and ends suddenly about half way through the text. The last page includes part of an added meditation in verse about the colours of the twelve precious stones forming the Heavenly Jerusalem.

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Full title:
St Augustine, De Trinitate
Created:
2nd quarter of the 12th century, St Albans
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Creator:
St Augustine of Hippo
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Egerton MS 3721

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