, Vita sancti Dunstani book 2
Incipit: Antiquitatem istius sanctissimi Cenobii Glastoniensis in quo celestem profitemur militiam
Explicit: Meliori siquidem etatis parte. consumpta. quanto, fini accedo. tanto curare debeo ne mea laceretur opinio.
Final rubric: Finis uite santi[sic] Dunstani Archiepiscopi
, Miracula sancti Dunstani
Rubric: Incipiunt miracula eiusdem/
Incipit: Superiori opere nonnulla que de uita sancti Dunstani uiteque decessu. que scripto.
Explicit: Et certa medicina inde pro egrotantibus defertur. Pro his igitur omnibus beneficiis tuis sit tibi omnipotens deus laus et gratiarum actio et super populum tuum cui tantum ardisti patronum. sit precamur tua larga semper benedictio. Qui unus in trinitate et trinus in unitate uiuis et regnas deus per infinita seculorum secula Amen BHL 2347
Concludes with a couplet: ‘ Hactenus exscripsi tanti miracula patris scribat et ipse sui me, precor, esse gregis ’
17–19 lines; frame-ruled in red. Fols. 59–65 and 82–83 are framed more tidily and in a brighter shade of ink, and might have been made for the original Gothic production phase. 170 × 117 mm.
Fols. 66–81 were added after fols. 34–65: frame blind-ruled, 19–21 lines per page. (Fol. 65v was presumably blank initially, with fols. 82–83, frame-ruled in red likely at one time following as further blank pages.) 170 × 120 mm.
Italic script: Albinia de la Mare judged it to be English of the sixteenth century. This notably uses a different style of punctuation and capitalization from the Gothic script of fols. 1–33. Rodney Thomson alternatively proposes: ‘The same red and green initials are found in both parts, and in both corrections and marginal notes were made in two humanistic cursive hands, which look to be fifteenth- rather than sixteenth-century. We may conjecture, then, that this book was made for a member of the Glastonbury community, the second part perhaps during a stay in Italy, and that it is to be identified with the copy seen at Glastonbury by John Leland.’ Michael Winterbottom and Rodney M. Thomson, William of Malmesbury: Saints’ Lives, Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002), p. 159.
Corrections and annotations in a humanistic cursive script.
Fols. 34r–37v: alternating red and green initials, continuing from the previous part; guide letter for incomplete initial at fol. 37v written in a Gothic style.
Fols. 38v–83r: enlarged capitals in black, some with simple penwork decoration.
Origin: Early 16th century
. Partially effaced inscription in the main hand, ‘est liber iste meus teste ..........