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MS. Auct. D. 2. 4

Summary Catalogue no.: 2105

The Coridon Psalter

A: Calendar, England (Hyde), 1161 × 1173 or 1168; B: Psalter ('The Coridon Psalter') with gloss, England (Winchester), mid 12th cent.

Physical Description

Composite: fols. iii-xii || fols. 1-118

History

Provenance and Acquisition

The two sections of the manuscript together by the 13th century, when they were given to Winchester Cathedral: 'Gaufridus Coridon dedit reliquias de sancta Friþeswiþa et de xi .M. virginibus et hoc psalterium. ecclesie Winton(iensi)' (fol. x recto), 'Obiit Johannes canonicus sancte Friþeswiþe', fol. ix verso; the saint's mother was buried at the cathedral priory.

Later Winchester additions.

Given to the Bodleian in 1611 by William Harwood, prebendary of Winchester.

MS. Auct. D. 2. 4 - Part 1

Contents

Calendar
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii-xii fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 175 mm.

Layout

1 col., 30-35 lines, written space c. 180-210 × 120-150 mm.

Decoration

Coloured initials.

History

Origin: 1161 × 1173, or 1168? ; English, Hyde abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Since the feast of Edward king and martyr is in the original hand (17 Mar.) the calendar must date from after his canonization in 1161. The addition in another hand of the feast of St Thomas Becket suggests a date before 1173. A dot against the year 1168 in the calendrial table on fol. xi verso may suggest a date in that year.

The calendar has Rouen connections (9 Feb., Ansbertus, 8 June, Medardus, 15 Oct., 'In pago Rotomagensi Sancti Wlfranni...') but was more probably copied from a Rouen exemplar than written there; there are entries in the original hand for Grimbald (8 July) whose shrine was at Hyde, and Valentine (14 Feb.) who was of some importance at Hyde.

MS. Auct. D. 2. 4 - Part 2

Contents

Psalter with gloss
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine historiated and other initials. (P&A iii. 129, pl. XIII)

History

Origin: 12th century, middle ; English, Winchester

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from Watson, Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography), and the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (9 images from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

    A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 41
    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 129

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