Merton College MS. 88
Former shelfmark: B. 1. 11
HUGH OF FLEURY, BEDE; S. XII 3/4
f. irv blank.
The common second edition of 1110 in six books, of which extracts were printed by G. Waitz in MGH Scriptores 9. 337-64 (= PL 163. 830-54); see A. Vidier, L’historiographie à Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire et les miracles de Saint Benoît (Paris, 1965), pp. 77-8; N. Lettinck in RB 91 (1981), 386-97. Often attrib., as here, to its dedicatee, Ivo of Chartres.
=De Temporum Ratione 66-71; CPL 2320; CCSL 123B (1977), pp. 463-544.
J. D. Mansi, Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima Collectio (Florence, 1759-), 22. 217-27, in the order cc. 1-3, 27, 19, 22, 21, 20, 7, 10, 18, 4, 6, 8, 16, 11-12, 15, 9, 23, 25,17, 14 (from ‘Prohibemus ne laici decimas cum animarum suarum periculo detinentes’).
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 32 lines. Not pricked in the inner margins. Running heads on ruled lines only a col. wide.
Written throughout in a single practised protogothic bookhand of English appearance; flex punctuation. Fols. 121v-3 in an English hand little later than the main text.
On f. 1 is a red initial, arabesqued in green, blue and buff. The other books of art. 1 open with handsome decorated initials outlined in ink of text, washed in blue and green (sometimes yellow), associated with red and green display script. Art. 2 opens with an initial of this type, with red and blue display script; otherwise initials in blue, red, or green, sometimes ornamented in a second colour. Scarcely any green is used after f. 101.
Fols. 123v-5v are blank but for a crude unfinished pencil sketch of a man on f. 124, perhaps of s. xiii.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i and 125 were pastedowns in an earlier binding. At the foot of the foredge of f. i, cropped by the binder, is the mark of a brass chain-staple. On f. 125 are marks of a brass strap-pin and of the large iron chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in England, perhaps at a Cistercian house. On f. 124 is an erased inscription. At the head of f. 1 is ‘liber domus scolarium de Mertone in Oxonia ex legat’ M. Ioh’ Raynham sacre pagine professoris et quondam socii eius⟨dem⟩ domus cuius anime propicietur Deus amen.’ For Reynham, d. 1376, see MS 18. Inside the front board are ‘N. 7. 8. Art:’ (canc. in red), and a brief table of contents, both s. xvii; on a slip of paper, ‘B. 1. 11’ (in red), and ‘Merton Coll. MS. 88’ in purple; the College bookplate. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘51’ (recte52), s. xvii in. ‘8’ (perhaps changed from ‘4’) is inked on the foredge.
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