St Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job

Description

The second of a two-volume set, this book contains the Old Testament Book of Job. It also includes part of St Gregory the Great’s (b. c. 540, d. 604) commentary on Job, followed by notes made by Lanfranc (b. c. 1010, d. 1089) of the abbey of Bec in Normandy, who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1070.  The manuscript features colourful narrative or decorative initials, such as Job on the dunghill, a knight piercing a dragon and an eagle. In the lower margin of one of the pages is an inscription stating that the book was donated to the library of Rochester Cathedral priory by Ralph d’Escures, Bishop of Rochester (r. 11084–1114) and later Archbishop of Canterbury.

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

Full title:
St Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job
Created:
12th century–13th century, Rochester
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Creator:
Gregory I
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Royal MS 6 C VI

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