Merton College MS. 95
Former shelfmark: K. 3. 6
ISIDORE, BEDE &c.; S. XIV
fol. ii is blank. On fol. ii, s. xvv is a table of contents, s. xv, including items now missing from the end: Epistola Cuthberti ad Cuthwinum de Obitu Bedae, Bede, De Natura Rerum and De Temporibus, Marianus Scotus ‘de uariis opinionibus contra Brunonem continens 24 c.’, ‘obiectiones contra dictum Marianum de passione et resurrectione Christi’, and Jerome, ‘de 7 ebdomadibus contentis in li. Daniel’. A hand of c. 1600 notes their loss; the Marianus texts were noticed by Bale (Appendix C, no. 30).
CPL 1186; ed. W. M. Lindsay (2 vols, Oxford, 1911).
There is a break in the text at fol. 71va, where it ends in mid-sentence of ix. 59, with catchwords in the usual position. A hand of s. xv notes 'Hic nichil deficit sed quere in proximo quaterno in secunda parte primi folii'. fol. 72 is blank, but the text picks up on the verso.
CPL 620; CSEL 54 (19962), pp. 218–20.
unpr.; Lambert 373, listing six copies, of which this is the only English one.
The complete text ed. R. Howlett, Chronicles of the Reigns of Stephen, Henry II, and Richard I (RS, 1884–9), I, pp. 11–408, II, pp. 409–500, not citing this copy, which corresponds to his pp. 11–18. Noticed by Bale, Index (Appendix C, no. 14), and in his Scriptores i. 79.
CPL 1375; ed. B. Colgrave and R. A. B. Mynors (OMT, 1969), this copy at p. lvi.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 53 lines.
A large bookhand with many anglicana forms. Book-numbers as running heads.
Red and blue initials, probably intended for flourishing; red or blue initials and paraphs.
Standard Merton s. xvii, rebacked; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i, 195–6 are paper binding-leaves; fol. 196 is from the same printed book as in MS 68.
Provenance and Acquisition
On fol. iv, in the same hand as the table of contents, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex legato reuerendi uiri domini Roberti K [the rest hidden, but Ketrinham supplied in the outer margin in a hand of s. xvii] quondam rectoris ecclesie Sancti Gregorii London’. Oretis igitur pro eodem et benefactoribus eiusdem ac fidelium animabus a purgatorio liberandis.’ The placename is Ketteringham (Norf.). He does not appear in the Merton records.
At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘204’, s. xvii in. ‘15’ is inked on the foredge. Inside the front board are two sheets of paper: (1) s. xvii, with ‘N. 7. 15. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘K. 3. 6 (XCV)’ in red; (2) s. xvii, with ‘K. 2. 10’ (canc.) and a table of contents repeating that on fol. iiv and noting the absence of the lost works; the College bookplate.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .
Last Substantive Revision
2018-08-01: First online publication