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Detailed record for Royal 13 A XXII

Author Paul the Deacon
Title Historia Langobardorum, in six books, each preceded by a table of contents, added hymn on the preservation of St. Bertin's abbey at St. Omer from destruction by fire (ff. 71v-72)
Origin France, N. W., Normandy (Mont St. Michel)
Date c. 1065 - c. 1080
Language Latin
Script Protogothic, written above top line
Scribe Mauritius (Alexander 1970)
Decoration 1 large initial in green with a dragon motif (f. 2v). Smaller plain initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 175 (210 x 110)
Official foliation ff. i + 73 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1969.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of Mont St. Michel, Normandy, France.
The Benedictine abbey of St. Augustine, Canterbury: inscribed in the 14th century, 'historia longobardor[um], Liber Sci. Aug[ustini] Can[tuariensis], cum. A', and above, 'Di. x. Gra. ii' (f. ).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 1136' (f. 2), acquired by the Upper Library at Westminster after the inventory of 1542; in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 20 and in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), no. 8351.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Ruled in hardpoint.
ff. i*, 1, 73 are parchment flyleaves.
Incipit: 'Septemtrionalis plaga'.
The scribe is like, if not the same, as the scribe of Royal 13 A XXIII.
Added on ff. 71v-72, in a smaller contemporary hand, is a hymn on the preservation of S. Bertin's abbey at S. Omer from destruction by fire by Saints Vincent, Omer, and Bertin who appeared in the form of three white pigeons. The miracle is said to have occurred in the time of abbot Odbert (1000-1012); see also the Chronicle of S. Bertin by John of Ypres, cap. 34 (Edmund Martène and Ursin Durand, Thesaurus novus anecdotorum, 5 vols (Paris, 1717), III, p. 569).
Incipit: 'Dic, suauis cithara, dic, citharista, | Bertini populum cenobiumque'.
Explicit: 'augent martyris odas'.
Select bibliography Scriptores rerum langobardicarum et italicarum saec. VI-IX, ed. by Georg Waitz and others (Hannover: Monumenta Germaniae Historica, 1878), p. 33 [as D* 3].

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, pp. 87-88.

M. R. James, The Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903), p. 293, no. 893.

Francis Wormald, English Drawings of the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries (London: Faber & Faber, 1952), p. 72, no. 40.

Charles Reginald Dodwell, The Canterbury School of Illumination 1066-1200 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 55 n. 5.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 45.

Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Norman Illumination at Mont St Michel 966-1100 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970), pp. 28 n. 2, 37, 40, 78-79, 81, 212, 216, 227, 229, pl. 5d.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.1136.
Last revised: 18 September 2009

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