Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 183

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English land grant of 1071-80. The main text was written in s. x1, and the manuscript was in Northumbria in the tenth century after its donation by Æthelstan to the Lindisfarne community at Chester-le-Street in 934 or 937. Old English addition made in Durham.

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Manuscript Items
  1. Item: fols 70-92


    • Title (D.5): Latin-Old English Glossary [Bede's prose and verse lives of St. Cuthbert]

      Rubric (initial): (fol. 70r) Haec sunt quae in libello sequenti caraxata suntatquearchana

      Incipit: (fol. 70r) Tetricas obscuritates. lichinos grece.

      Explicit: (fol. 92v) sancticudberhti lindis arensis ae acxxe eposcopidominogratias. amen.

      Note: Nineteen glosses in an otherwise Latin glossary.


      Ker 1957, item 42

      Jaager 1936, p. 380

      Meritt 1945, no. 8


    • Item: fol. 96v


      • Title (B.16.8.4): Congregation of St Cuthbert: List of Plate

        Incipit: (fol. 96v) Tea. calices.ondsex. disces.ondtwoegentig bleod.

        Explicit: (fol. 96v) ondðrea un rinade

        Note: A list of chalices, bowls etc.


        Ker 1957, item 42

        Robertson 1939, no. 4

        Craster 1925, p. 194


      • Item: fol. 96v


        • Title (B.16.8.2): Congregation of St Cuthbert: Grants

          Incipit: (fol. 96v) Walchear bisceop ond Eal sancte Cuðberhtes hyred Sealdan ealdgyðe þæt land æt ðornhlawa

          Explicit: (fol. 96v) ondeac he lænde hyreþætland æt ƿinde gatum ealle ða hƿile þe hyre þearf byð

          Note: The contemporary record of a grant of land by Walcher, bishop of Durham 10701-80 and the congregation of St. Cuthbert.


          Ker 1957, item 42

          Robertson 1939, no. 2

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        Manuscript described by Mary Swan and Owen Roberson with the assistance of Johanna Green, with reference to published scholarship (2010; 2013).


        Digital surrogate: (accessed 18 July 2018)





        Black, John R., 'Innovation and tradition in representations of St. Cuthbert in medieval England', Medieval Perspectives, 17:2 (2003), 38-50

        Craster, Herbert Henry Edmund, 'Some Anglo-Saxon Records of the See of Durham', Archaeologia Æliana, 4.1 (1925), 189

        Dekker, Kees, 'Anglo-Saxon encyclopaedic notes: tradition and function', in Foundations of Learning: The Transfer of Encyclopaedic Knowledge in the Early Middle Ages, ed. Rolf Bremmer, Medievalia Groningana New Series, 9 (Paris: Peeters, 2007), pp. 279-315

        Jaager, W., 'Age. Glossen zur Vita Cuthberti', Betræge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur, 60 (1936), 380

        Ker, N. R., Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957; repr. 1990), item 42

        Lendinara, Patrizia, 'Secondary glosses', in Anglo-Saxon Glosses and Glossaries, ed. Patrizia Lendinara, Variorum Collected Studies Series, 622 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999), pp. 71-86

        Meritt, Herbert Dean, Old English Glosses, The Modern Language Association of America, General Series, xvi (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1945)

        Robertson, A.J., Anglo-Saxon Charters, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1939)

        Rollason, David, 'St. Cuthbert and Wessex: the evidence of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS. 183', St Cuthbert, his Cult and his Community to A.D. 1200, ed. Gerald Bonner (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 1989), pp. 413-24

        Sole, Laura M., 'Some Anglo-Saxon Cuthbert Liturgica: the manuscript evidence', Revue bénédictine, 108:1-2 (1998), 104-44