MS. Eng. th. c. 74
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Fragment: fol. 1, strip of parchment with beginnings of upper 21 lines, containing parts of the end of the Homily for the second Sunday after Easter, and the beginning of the Fide catholica (Feria IIII) (ed. Thorpe, 1844, I, pp. 242 l. 5 from bottom - 244 l. 9; 274 l. 13 from bottom - 276 last line). Fol. 2, paper pastedown showing an offset from the fragment, including the beginnings of six lines now lost.
Bound up with other items, including: i (fol.5–6) photocopies of two strips from the same MS., almost certainly taken from the binding of Vet. E.1 b.10, in the Osborn collection at Yale, containing parts of the homily of Aelfric for Palm Sunday; ii (fol.10–11) photocopies of a complete strip (32 lines) from the same MS., now Bloomington, Indiana University, MS. Poole 10. For a description and edition of these and other related fragments see R.L. Collins, P. Clemoes, ‘The common origin of Aelfric fragments at New Haven, Oxford, Cambridge and Bloomington’, in Old English Studies in Honour of John C. Pope, ed. R.B. Burlin, E.B. Irving Jr., Toronto, 1974, pp.285–301. Plate 2 reproduces the recto of our fragment.
Provenance and Acquisition
From the binding of a copy of Augustine Sermons, Paris, 1520, from the presbytery library at Winchester, bought by the Bodleian at Hodgson's, 19-20 Jan. 1967, lot 630 (now Bodleian, Vet.E.1b.10, the binding stored separately as Vet.E.1b.10*: contemporary London work with initials ‘K.L.-L.K.’)
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.