Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 367

Present Location


Medieval Provenance

General Information


62, 63, 64




The manuscript is a composite volume containing two distinct parts made up of five original manuscripts or portions thereof. In Ker 1957, the Old English texts form three items in the Catalogue, and in James, Parker, and Rogers 1912 (ii. p. 199), the two main Latin texts are designated as A, and the OE as B. The provenance of the manuscript may be Worcester: certain parts of it, item 8 below in particular, probably originated there.

The manuscript contains part of Ælfric's translation of Bede's De Temporibus (from fol. 54) dated to s. xii2 (Item 1 below); a muddled set of homiletic fragments (the original manuscript probably followed the sequence of the church year) dated to s. xiimed, and most of which are by Ælfric (Items 2-10); the Latin text, Logica Quaedam; a Latin verse in quatrains, Versus quidam; part of a Latin Life of St Kenelm (c. s. ximed-s. xii); a book-list and the Vision of Leofric dated to s. ximed2 respectively, which were added to blank space at the end of the gathering; a letter from the abbot of Westminster to the prior of Worcester datable to c. 1130; a charm; and an imperfect Latin text concerning monastic constitutions (s. xii). Pen-trials are also seen on fol. 52v.

Digital Surrogate

Manuscript Items


  1. ItemFol. 54r/1-55v/36 (Ker fols 1, 2, 7-10: beginning of the part on parchment)
    • Title (B.1.9.4): Ælfric: De Temporibus Anni

      IncipitÞone forman dæg þyssere ƿorulde ƿe magon afin | dan

      Explicit(Fol. 55v) Eft on langiendum dagum he ofer geð þone suðran sunsted · 7 forþi he byð norþur geseƿen þonne seo sunne on ƿintra · sƿa þeah ne gæð heora

      Text Language: English

      Note: Fols 10r/21-36 and 10v blank.


      Henel 1942, as C

      Cockayne 1864-66, iii, 238-80

  2. ItemFols 74r-v (Ker fols 21r-v, 20r/1-24 (Quire 2))
    • Title (B.1.1.17): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Easter

      Incipit(Fol. 74r/1) (beg. imperf.) 'fram þrowunge to æriste'.

      Explicit(Fol. 74v) (ends) ... we cweþað. amen

      Text Language: English

      Note: 'uel teoden' glosses 'hosp'.


      Thorpe 1844-46, i. 224/11

      Clemoes 1997, 299-306/118-178

  3. ItemFols 20r/25-20v, 26r-v (Quire 1)
    • Title (B.1.2.19): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Easter

      Incipit (Latin): Feria secunda.

      IncipitHit is swyðe gedfenlic [sic] þæt ge on þissumdrihten licum

      Explicit: (ends imperfectly) þurh þone laðan

      Text Language: English


      Thorpe 1844-46, ii. 282 ('Alius Sermo de Die Paschae')

      Godden 1979, 161-68/1-95, 208-223 ('Alius Sermo de Die Paschae')

  4. ItemFols 17r-v, 29r-v (Quire 3)
    • Title (B.1.1.21): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Feria III de dominica oratione

      Incipit: (begins imperfectly) 'ure rice gif we hit ... '

      Explicit: (ends imperfectly) 'on þære fandunge ...'

      Text Language: English


      Clemoes 1997, 325-334/87-167

      Thorpe 1844-46, i, 264/5-68/11

  5. ItemFols 23rv, 6rv, 3r-5r/30 (Quire 4)
    • Title (B.1.1.32): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Assumption of the Virgin

      Title (manuscript): Sermo in assumptione sancte marie

      IncipitHieronimus se halga sacerd awrat ænne pistol'.

      Note: One leaf is missing between fol. 23 which ends 'þurh þone ylcan gast' and fol. 6 which begins 'be þisse heofenlican cwene'.

      Decoration23r/1 Red 'H' of 'Hieronimus' with zig-zag decoration.


      Clemoes 1997, 429-38/1-59, 113-273

      Thorpe 1844-46, i, 436

  6. ItemFols 5r/30, 5v, 24rv (Quire 4)
    • Title (B.1.1.33): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Bartholomew

      Title (manuscript): VIII. kalens> septembris. passio sancti bartholomei apostoli.

      IncipitǷyrdwryteras secgað þæt þre leodscipas |

      Explicit: (ends imperfectly with) þearle

      Note: One leaf is missing between fol. 5 which ends 'gewurðod þæs' and fol. 24 which begins 'menniscnysse'.

      Decoration: ' Ƿyrdwryteras': Red and black Ƿ with zig-zag decoration.


      Clemoes 1997, 439-50/1-24, 78-135

      Thorpe 1844-46, i, 454

  7. ItemFols 11r/1-16v (Quire 5)
    • Title (B.3.3.18): Anonymous Homilies, Homilies for Specified Occasions, Sanctorale: Nativity of the Virgin Mary

      Title (manuscript): Sexta idus septembris. natiuitas sancte marie. uiginis [sic]

      IncipitMen þa leofestan weorðiat we nu on and | weardnysse

      Explicit: (Ends imperfectly) ... of þam slæpe. swyþe ge ||

      Decoration: 'Men': Red uncial M.


      Assmann 1889, p. 117

  8. ItemFols 28r-v/20 (Quire 6)
    • Title (B.1.3.27): Ælfric, Third Series of Homilies [Lives of Saints]: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

      Incipit: (begins imperfectly) þæt cristes læwa'.

      Text Language: English


      Skeat 1881-1900, ii, 154, 1. 157

  9. ItemFols 28v/21, 19r-v, 27r-v/12 (Quire 6)
    • Title (B.1.2.40): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Matthew

      IncipitSe godspellere mat | heus. þe we todæg wurðiað

      Note: One leaf is lost between fol. 19 which ends 'mid þam synfullum æt' and fol. 27 which begins 'wyðe [sic] astyred'.

      Decoration: 'Se godspellere': elaborate red S.


      Godden 1979, pp. 273-79/1-72, 191-225

      Thorpe 1844-46, ii, 468

  10. ItemFols 27v/13, 18rv, 22r-v (Quires 6-7)
    • Title (B.1.1.36): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Dedicatio ecclesiae sancti Michaelis

      Title (manuscript): Dedicatio sancti michaelis archangeli.

      IncipitManegum is cuð

      Explicit(Fol. 22v/32) (ends imperfectly) ... hæfð he swa miccle

      Note: Two leaves are missing after fol. 18 which ends 'undergeaton þæt se'; fol. 22 begins 'gafol oððe tol' and ends 'hæfð he swa miccle'.

      Decoration: 'Manegum': Elaborate red and black M with foliate decoration.


      Clemoes 1997, 465-75/1-66, 161-203

      Thorpe 1844-46, i, 502

  11. ItemFols 25r-v (Quire 7)
    • Title (B. Anonymous Homilies: Vercelli Homilies: Homily IV

      Incipit: (Begins imperfectly) fram gode. to þe cumen.

      Explicit: (Ends imperfectly) þær ongean. þe |

      Text Language: English


      Scragg 1992, pp. 90-104/275-323

  12. Itemfols 45r-48r (Quire 10)
    • Title: Historia Kenelmi principis Merciorum OR Vita Brevior S. Kenelmi

      Text Language: Latin

      Note: Two scribes


      Love 1996, pp. 126-29

  13. ItemFol. 48r/margin (Quire 10)
    • Title: extract from Vita et miraculi S. Kenelmi, 8-12 plus a brief ending

      Explicit: (ends:) qui uiuit ˥ regnat per omnia secula seculorum amen

      Text Language: Latin


      Love 1996, pp. 62-66

  14. ItemFol. 48v/2-4
    • Title (B.16.23.1): Worcester: List of Books

      Text Language: English

      Note: Ker notes: 'A list of eleven books, all but two of which are stated to be englisce.' (Ker 1957, p. 110)


      Lapidge 1985, pp. 62-64

      Sharpe 1996, p. 653

  15. ItemFols 48v/5-50v/15
    • Title (B.4.2): Vision Literature: Vision of Leofric

      Title (manuscript): Visio Leofrici

      Incipit: Her gesutelað ða gesihðe ðe leofric eorl gesæh.

      Decoration: 'Visio Leofrici': Pencilled in rough majuscules by an early hand at the head of the text.


      Napier 1908, p. 182

  16. ItemFol. 51r/8-23
    • Title: Sequence for Epiphany

      Text Language: Latin

  17. ItemFol. 52r/1-59
    • Title: A Letter

      Incipit (Latin): Hubertus Abbas. Westmon' ˥ Edwinus prior eiusdem loci. uenerabili priori Wigornie | …’

      Explicit: laudando creatorem qui ouem suam reduxit ad gregem. Vale.

      Text Language: Latin


      James, Parker, and Rogers 1912, ii, 203

  18. ItemFol. 52r/16-105r
    • Title: Charm

      Incipit (Latin): + In nomine p. et f. et s. s. amen + Ire + arex + Christe + rauex + filiax + | arafax + N. Medicina contra febres.

      Text Language: Latin

  19. ItemFol. 52v
    • Title: Constitutions for monks

      Text Language: Latin

Object Description


Form: Codex

Support: Folios 1-53 are paper of s. xv. Remainder of manuscript is vellum, arranged HHFF.


ca. 215 mm x ca. 138 mm (dimensions of fols 1-53 - size of leaves)

165 mm x 115 mm (dimensions of fols 1-53 - size of written space)  


ca. 214 mm x ca. 142 mm (dimensions of Quire 1 - size of leaves)

170 mm x 103 mm (dimensions of Quire 1 - size of written space)  


ca. 214 mm x ca. 142 mm (dimensions of Quires 2-7 - size of leaves)

ca. 176 mm x ca. 105 mm (dimensions of Quires 2-7 - size of written space)  


ca. 214 mm x ca. 140 mm (dimensions of Quire 8 - size of leaves)

ca. 170 mm x ca. 108 mm (dimensions of Quire 8 - size of written space)  


ca. 214 mm x ca. 134 mm (dimensions of Quire 9 - size of leaves)

ca. 193 mm x ca. 120 mm (dimensions of Quire 9 - size of written space)  


ca. 213 mm x ca. 138 mm (dimensions of Quire 10 - size of leaves)

ca. 178 mm x ca. 113 mm (dimensions of Quire 10 - size of written space)  

Extent:  Quire 11 of varying dimensions.


iv + 53 + 52 + ii. Foliation in ink throughout, although most is not visible on the microfiche: one set of foliation, paper 1-53; first two leaves of vellum initially foliated 54, 55, then refoliated as 1 onwards. Flyleaf iiiv has ink '367' in top right corner and a Corpus Christi College ex libris plate; ivv has an ink '36' in top left corner.


Collation appears to be as James 1912 suggests: Paper 110, 210, 312(wants 10-12), 414, 510. Parchment is as Ker suggests: 18, wants 7 and 8 (now forms fols 1, 2, 7-10), 23 (a singleton and bifolium originally leaves 3, 4, 5 of a quire of eight, now fols 21, 20, 26), 32(a middle bifolium, now fols 17, 29), 48 wants 2, 7 (now fols 23, 6, 3-5, 24), 58 wants 7 and 8 (now fols 11-16), 64 (two bifolia, leaves 2 and 3 of a quire of 8, now fols 28, 19, 27, 18), 72 (a bifolium, perhaps leaf 2 of a quire, now fols 22, 25). Ker suggests that Quires 5 and 6 were adjacent, as were 4 and 5. Furthermore, a quire is missing between 3 and 4, leaves are missing after 1 and 2, and an indeterminate number of leaves are missing at the beginning and end; 812 (Logica Quaedam), 93, 108 wants 1, 7, 8 (fols 48-49), 112(fols 50-51).

  • Catchwords: Catchwords in bottom margins at fols 39r, 43v, 48v, 51v.


The condition of the first, paper part of the codex is good. The condition of the membrane quires is less so. Evidently, poor quality substrate was used, and in some cases, endpieces were used to their maximum potential. Poor quality membrane was certainly employed for fols 3-6, 11-29. There is a hole at fol. 16/13-14 around which text is written, and holes appear at the bottom of fol. 4. There are water stains at fols 5v, 10r, 18, 20, 26. Repairs have been done at fols 17, 23, 24. In the case of Quire 1 (fols 1, 2, 7-10), it appears that scraps of parchment were employed for the copying of De Temporibus: 39 lines of writing are squashed into the space at fol. 2v, and space is at a premium on the misshapen leaves (fol. 7 is irregular) in this quire. Fol. 51 is damaged also, with a number of holes, one measuring 30 x 25 mm.

Layout Description



  • Columns: 1
  • Locus: Text on paper (fols 1-53)
  • Dimensions: 163 x 115; ruled
  • Overview: Pencil ruling.


  • Columns: 1
  • Written Lines: 30-38
  • Locus: Quire 1
  • Dimensions: ca. 170 mm x ca. 103 mm; ruled
  • Overview: Single bounding lines. Ruling with a pencil. Pricks in both margins to guide ruling.


  • Columns: 1
  • Overview: 30-36 long lines (27 lines on fols 17, 29).
  • Locus: Quires 2-7
  • Dimensions: ca. 176 mm x ca. 105 mm; ruled
  • Overview: Single bounding lines in Quires 2 and 3 (except fols 3, 4, 5, 6 which have double bounding lines). Dry point ruling.


  • Columns: 1
  • Written Lines: 43
  • Locus: Quire 8
  • Dimensions: ca. 170 mm x ca. 108 mm; ruled
  • Overview: Annotations and corrections in the margins, some of which have been excised by trimming.


  • Columns: 2
  • Written Lines: 32
  • Locus: Quire 9
  • Dimensions: 193 mm x 120 mm; ruled
  • Overview: In two pencil-ruled columns of 32 lines, the quatrains linked by wavy brackets on fol. 42 (fols 42-44).


  • Columns: 1
  • Written Lines: 22
  • Locus: Quire 10
  • Dimensions: 178 mm x 113 mm; ruled
  • Overview: 22 lines until fol. 48r12 when text is squeezed into lower and right margins. Dry point ruling (virtually incising the parchment).


  • Locus: Quire 11
  • Overview: Quire 11 has a variety of informal copies of texts and pen-trials.

Hand Description


Number of Hands: 7

Hand: 1

  • Scope: major
  • Script: Anglo-Saxon Insular minuscle
  • Description: This scribe copied Item 1 (fols 1, 2, 7-10). The scribe uses a type of Anglo-Saxon Insular minuscule characteristic of the mid- to second-half of the twelfth century. The aspect is backward-leaning; the ascenders are slightly wedged. The descenders are either tapered or curve on the left. The hand does not extend too much either below or above the ruled line. The nib of the pen is cut in a squarish proportion to give to the script an angular duct. The scribe mixes both Caroline and insular features. 
  • Summary of the characteristics of the hand:
    • Caroline a with a small lobe, which is not always closed, and pronounced head with a broken stroke of squarish proportion;
    • a diamond-shaped lobe of the b alternates with a more rounded bowl, wedged straight ascender, whose end turns slightly to the left;
    • c is slightly fractured, and starts with a thicker, dot-like onset stroke;
    • d has a thick left-leaning back, occasionally tapered backward to the right, and a small rounded lobe; its head can also be of squarish proportions and the length of the ascender varies;
    • æ is formed by an insular a and an e, which sits on shoulder of the a and terminates with protruding tongue on the right, at times, it sits on a protruding headstroke of the a;
    • small closed e with a short tongue to the right of the squarish head;
    • three forms of f: a Caroline f, sitting on the line with a tall ascender which occasionally curls onto itself with a closed stroke; a tailed f, with a long descender finishing with a long leftwards tail; and an insular form of f with a tapered descender;
    • there are three forms of g. A Caroline g with a rounded upper lobe with a small protrusion to the right, and a lower lobe which does not always close. The descender curves in a rounded, 90 degree angle to the left, stopping just past the line of the starting point of the lobe. The scribe also uses an insular form of g, which has an s-shaped descender curbing towards the right just after the writing line, and an open tail finished by a horizontal stroke. There is also a long and thin insular g with a tail curling towards the right and a flat head stroke;
    • Caroline h has a thick, wedged ascender and a right limb which sometimes curls under the line;
    • the minims of imn and u are traced singularly, irregular in shape and their feet either finish with a small serif or with a sharper angle to the right;
    • tall, wedged ascender l has a shaft finishing on the line with a small foot curling to the right;
    • rounded closed o;
    • p and ƿ are barely distinguishable. However, p has a descender finishing with a right curl and a closed, squarish bowl which closes past the shaft on the left;
    • Insular r has a well defined shoulder and a descender which curves on the left. Caroline r is also used occasionally;
    • Caroline s has a flat head stroke; it alternates with a long s and an insular form with a tailed descender curving to the left;
    • t has a straight head;
    • x has an exaggerated descender curving right;
    • y is always dotted and the descender ends with a flick to the right;
    • ð has a pointed bowl and a wedged ascender;
    • þ can be formed by a back stroke 45 degree ascender finishing with a serif curving on the right;
    • ƿ is formed with a descender generally curving towards the left;
    • other features include: a two stroke D which has a upright stem and a wide bowl closing at the top in a narrow parallel stroke to the stem. Capitals are often, but not regularly, used after the punctus.
    • Litterae Notabiliores: Pen ink work is occasionally used to decorate litterae notabiliores. Enlarged initials are offset into the margin when they correspond with line beginnings.
    • Abbreviations: Use of ˥ nota; crossed through þ for þæt; a straight macron usually abbreviates m, n and i and -er is abbreviated with macrons, apostrophe or a superscript virgule.
    • PunctuationPunctus on the line and punctus elevatus; hyphens curve up slightly at line-ends.
    • Ligatures: Use of de in the English, Latin and French texts and the st ligature in which the headstroke of the s curves and forms the shaft of the t.
    • Language: The scribe often departs from West Saxon features (Crawford 1922, pp. 429-436; Pope 1967, pp. 38-39; Rosier 1964, pp. 8-11)
    • Other manuscripts: This is the same hand as found in CUL Ii.1.33.

Hand: 2

  • Scope: major 
  • DescriptionHomilies (Items 2-11, fols 3-6 and 11-29) is written by one hand of s. xiimed. This hand is exemplified by a lateral breadth and an upright aspect, with an angular duct. The long lines, with an average of ten or more words per line, give the page a compressed appearance, and might be a result of the lack of resources for the production of these texts. It would make extemporised, public reading difficult; close, private reading of the page is a much more likely intended consequence of the mise-en-page.
  • Summary of the characteristics of the hand:
    • ascenders are notched;
    • descenders sometimes curve to the left at the end; the descenders of and þ lean backward;
    • minims are irregular, fairly rounded, and have distinct curved feet to the right.
    • usually Caroline a but has a very small head at times, making it look like a single-compartment a;
    • æ is formed with a single compartment a and an e, which sits on shoulder of the a;
    • d is rounded; its ascender is much shorter than that of ð;
    • e is quite rounded, and has a protruding tongue at line-ends. Occasionally, the scribe writes this graph with two distinct strokes, the tongue forming a second stroke;
    • f is insular form of f with a tapered descender that curves to the left;
    • g is most commonly insular with a 5-shaped descender curbing towards the right just after the writing line, and an open tail. There is also a Caroline form of g like a rounded s with a hook to the right;
    • h is very un-self-consciously penned: it is often more insular in character than Caroline. It has a short ascender, which is tagged to the left;
    • and ƿ are barely distinguishable, though the bowl of ƿ is quite angular. However, p has a descender finishing with a right curl and a closed, squarish lobe which closes past the shaft on the left;
    • insular r has a well-defined shoulder and a descender which curves to the left. Sometimes, the shoulder curves right back onto the descender, giving it an appearance of a p
    • low and high s have a round headstroke. Uncial s is also used;
    • ð has a rounded bowl, a tall ascender which curves to the left and down at its end; the crossbar transects the ascender;
    • þ is distinctive with its split ascender and large, pointed bowl. It leans backwards somewhat;
    • ƿ is slightly backward leaning;
    • y is straight or slightly rounded and always dotted. It sometimes sits just on or below the line.
  • Litterae Notabiliores: Pen ink work is occasionally used to decorate litterae notabiliores. Red-filled large initials are offset into the channel between the two vertical bounding lines, when they correspond with a new line. Many small capitals within the text are filled with red.
  • Abbreviations: Use of ˥ nota; crossed through þ for þæt; a curved macron usually abbreviates m, n and i and -er is abbreviated with macrons, apostrophe or a superscript virgule.
  • Punctuation: Punctus on the line and punctus elevatus. Accents are hooked at the end. Hyphens curve up at line-ends.
  • Ligatures: Use of the st ligature in which the headstroke of the s curves and forms the shaft of the t.

Hand: 3

  • Scope: major
  • Script: caroline minuscule
  • Description: (membrane, fols 45r-48r (Quire 10); Latin Life of Kenelm) is written in a good caroline minuscule hand of s. ximed, similar in appearance to the hand of the Cotton-Corpus Legendary.

Hand: 4

  • Scope: major
  • Description: Item 13: A hand of s. xii completes the text of (?).

Hand: 5

  • Scope: major
  • Description: Item 14, List of Books is in insular minuscule script of s. ximed.

Hand: 6

  • Scope: major
  • Description: Item 15, Vision of Leofric is in insular minuscule script of s. xi2. Caroline a is occasionally used.

Hand: 7

  • Scope: major
  • Description: Items 16-19 are written in a number of twelfth-century hands.
Decoration Description

Ink is very dark brown and occasionally made slightly fuzzy by thick parchment. Titles in red rustic capitals with red and/or purple, or green decorated litterae notabiliores. In Quires 2-7 (OE Homilies), the rubrics, written in red rustic capitals, are very difficult to see.


Fols 1-29/19 (paper) 'Epitome chronicae Cicestrensis, sed extractum e Polychronico, usque ad annum Christi 1429.' A fifteenth-century chronicle that is an extract from the Polychronicon, written on paper. Written by one scribe of the s. xv in an informal, splayed Secretary hand. Dates, notae, and flags to events are given in both margins.

Fols 30-53 (paper) 'Breviarum historiae Angliae ad annum quartum Henrici IV. viz 1402'. Beg. 'Albion est terra con [p’ns] In finibus> ortis'. A fifteenth-century short history of England up to 1402, written on paper. Written by one scribe of s. xv in an informal Anglicana hand.

Fols 30r-41r (parchment, Quire 8) Latin text, Logica Quaedam. Begins: 'Que sit res predicamenti relationis per se …'. Written in an Anglicana script of s. xiv in two columns.

Fols 42r-44v (parchment, Quire 9) Latin text, Versus Quidam: Apocalypsis Goliae. Begins: 'A tauro torrida lampade cinthii …'. Text as Wright 1841, p. 1. Written by a s. xiv hand similar to a university bookhand.

Fols 1 2, 7-10 Marginalia in Latin are of s. xiv and refer to the text, De Temporibus.

Fol. 3r Document reading 'Omnibus….Watt. de La Fort(?)…Noueritis me dedisse… Philip. filio meo quatuor croppos… in camp' de Henton… ao v. v. H. Liii… Test. Joh. Jokyn. Le Fraunke | Joh. Wace… | Wace… | Le Fraunke' (James, Parker, and Rogers 1912, p. 201).

Fol. 28r In the top and left margins, the beginning of a document that can be seen on fol. 3r has been practised: 'Sciant pre>sentes et future quod ego' (s. xiv).

Fol. 50v/17 A note of s. xiii reads 'Vesper>us est> grandis interpolatio nubium inter nos et solem'.

At paper fol. 18v, lines 14-16, 23 are underlined in red pencil. Underlining in red pencil also occurs on paper fols 21rv, 26, 27, 28rv, 29v. At paper fol. 30r, in lower right corner, ‘4’ appears in pencil.

At parchment fol. 45r, a pencil maze appears under the ink in the lowest third of the leaf. Immediately following the minim pen-trials on fol. 51v, a name, 'Henricus' appears. A name '"Hen" Giffard' appears in the bottom margin of fol. 52r.

Binding Description

Rebound in tan goatskin in 1946.

Accompanying Material

Pages i-ii and two at the end are paper flyleaves of date of binding (1946).

Additional Information

Administration Information

Manuscript described by Elaine Treharne with the assistance of Takako Kato and Owen Roberson (2010; 2013). Bibliography updated by Georgia Henley (2018). 





This manuscript is part of a collection of fragments bound together for Archbishop Parker. Nothing is known of the individual elements that make up this composite codex, save that the letter on fol. 52r provides a provenance of Worcester for at least that quire. It is one of four manuscripts about which almost nothing of the previous history is known.


Importantly, it seems that by the fourteenth century, when the annotator whose hand is apparent at fols 1, 2, 7-10, and 28r was working, Quires 1 and 2-7 were probably kept together (i.e., De Temporibus and the Old English Homilies).

It was in Archbishop Parker's possession after 1565 as his 'Quintus liber homiliarum' (S. 9).


It was bequeathed by Parker to Corpus Christi College in 1575. It was kept 'inter libror. impressos' in 1575. The mark '19 9' is on fol. i of pt. I.




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