London, British Library, Cotton Faustina A. ix

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Homilies for Sundays and festivals other than Saints' days, from the incomplete initial homily for the second Sunday after Epiphany to Pentecost. Twenty-two homilies are from the First and Second Series of Ælfric's Sermones Catholici (ed. Thorpe 1844-46). The collection is similar to, but fuller than CUL Ii. 4. 6 and, most notably, CCCC 302. A number of the anonymous homilies are unique to this manuscript and CCCC 302. There are twelfth-century alterations on fols 119v-30v and 162v-4v (Ker 1957, p. 190).

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Manuscript Items
  1. Itemfols 2r-11r

     

    • Title (B.1.2.5): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Second Sunday after Epiphany

      Incipit: (Begins imperfectly) þurh his mihte

      Note: Fol. 1, a supply leaf, contains the missing portion in a hand of the s. xvi.

      Bibliography:

      Ker 1957, item 153

         

    • Itemfols 11r-17v

       

      • Title (B.1.1.9): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: The Third Sunday after Epiphany

        Rubric (initial): Dominica .III. post epiphania. domini.

        Incipit: Cum autem descendisset ... Matheus se eadiga godspellere.

        Bibliography:

        Ker 1957, item 153

        Thorpe 1844-46, i. 120

           

      • Itemfols 17v-21v

         

        • Title (B.1.8.5): Ælfric, Letters: Letter to Sigefyrð

          Rubric (initial): Dominica .IIII. Be þere halgan clænnesse.

          Incipit: Ure hælend crist cydde.

          Note: The preface to Sigefyrð in the margin of fol. 17v in Joscelyn's hand is copied from BL, Cotton, Vespesian D. xiv, Item 4.

          Bibliography:

          Ker 1957, item 153

          Assmann 1889, 13 (no. 2, l.13)

             

        • Itemfols 21v-23v

           

          • Title (B.3.2.5): Anonymous Homilies, Homilies for Specified Occasions, Temporale: Third Sunday after Epiphany

            Rubric (initial): Dominica. Va. et quando uolueris be heofonwarum ˥ beo helwarum.

            Incipit: Men þa leofestan ute gehyran hér godes word.

            Note: The homily is for the third Sunday after Epiphany in CCCC 302.

            Bibliography:

            Ker 1957, item 153

            Willard 1935b, 38-44 and 24

             

        • Itemfols 23v-27v

           

          • Title (B.3.2.6): Anonymous Homilies, Homilies for Specified Occasions, Temporale: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

            Rubric (initial): Dominica .VI et quando uolueris. Larspel be urum drihtne.

            Incipit: Men þa leofestan ure drihten ælmihtig god ús singalice menegað.

            Note: The homily is for the fourth Sunday after Epiphany in CCCC 302.

            Bibliography:

            Ker 1957, item 153

            Assmann 1889, 164

               

          • Itemfols 27v-31v

             

            • Title (B.3.2.7): Anonymous Homilies, Homilies for Specified Occasions, Temporale: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

              Rubric (initial): Dominica .VII. aud [sic] quando uolueris de uerbis domini.

              Incipit: Men þa leofestan utan geþencan georne ˥ on úre geþance þæt fæste healdan. hu sanctus iacobus cristes þegn sǽde. hu se hælend.

              Note: The homily is for the fifth Sunday after Epiphany in CCCC 302.

              Bibliography:

              Ker 1957, item 153

              Napier 1883, 257/9

                 

            • Itemfols 31v-37v

               

              • Title (B.1.2.6.2.EM): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Septuagesima

                Rubric (initial): Dominica. in septugesima [sic].

                Incipit: Drihten sǽde þis bíspel his leorningcnihtum.

                Bibliography:

                Ker 1957, item 153

                Thorpe 1844-46, ii, 72-84

                 

            • Itemfols 37v-39

               

              • Title (B.1.2.6.3.EM): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Septuagesima

                Rubric (initial): De alleluia

                Incipit: We willað eow secgan be ðissere andweardan tide.

                Bibliography:

                Ker 1957, item 153

                Thorpe 1844-46, ii, 84

                   

              • Itemfols 39-44v

                 

                • Title (B.1.2.7): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Sexagesima

                  Rubric (initial): Dominica in sexagesima.

                  Incipit: Cum turba plurima....On sumere tíde þa þa micel mænigu.

                  Bibliography:

                  Ker 1957, item 153

                  Thorpe 1844-46, ii. 72-84

                   

              • Itemfols 44v-50v

                 

                • Title (B.1.1.11): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Quinquagesima

                  Rubric (initial): Dominica. in quinquagesima.

                  Incipit: Assumsit iesus....Hér is gerǽd.

                  Explicit: þæt eal folc cweðe be ús. (Ends imperfectly, Thorpe 1844-46, 164/29)

                  Bibliography:

                  Ker 1957, item 153

                  Thorpe 1844-46, i, 152

                     

                • Itemfols 51-55

                   

                  • Title (B.1.1.12): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: First Sunday in Lent

                    Incipit: (Begins imperfectly) ne scéotan. forþan þe hé ascunode.

                    Bibliography:

                    Ker 1957, item 153

                    Thorpe 1844-46, i. 170/25

                     

                • Itemfols 55-59v

                   

                  • Title (B.1.2.8): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: First Sunday in Lent

                    Rubric (initial): Feria secunda.

                    Incipit: Men þa leofestan eow eallum is cuð.

                    Note: The title Euuangelium at fol. 58v and the words following it 'Cum uenerit filius hominis in magestate sua. et omnes angeli cum eo. tunc sedebit super magestatis sue. et congregabunter omnes gentes; et reliqua; Ðæt is on engliscre spræce' are not in the printed edition. They occur after '˥ þus cwæð' (Thorpe 1844-46, 106/23).

                    Bibliography:

                    Ker 1957, item 153

                    Thorpe 1844-46, ii. 98

                     

                • Itemfols 59v-63

                   

                  • Title (B.1.2.9): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Second Sunday in Lent

                    Rubric (initial): Dominica. II. in quadragesima.

                    Incipit: Egressus inde iesus.... Ðrihten hælend þréade.

                    Bibliography:

                    Ker 1957, item 153

                    Thorpe 1844-46, ii, 110

                     

                • Itemfols 63-69

                   

                  • Title (B.1.4.4): Ælfric, Homilies of Ælfric: Dominica III in Quadragesima

                    Rubric (initial): Dominica .III. in quadragesima.

                    Incipit: Erat iesus eiciens ... On þære mæran tíde.

                    Bibliography:

                    Ker 1957, item 153

                    Müller 1835, 19

                     

                • Itemfols 69-73

                   

                  • Title (B.1.1.13): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Mid-Lent Sunday

                    Rubric (initial): Dominica .IIII. in quadragesima.

                    Incipit: Abíít iesus.... Se hælend ferde ofer þa galileiscan sæ.

                    Bibliography:

                    Ker 1957, item 153

                    Thorpe 1844-46, i, 180

                     

                • Itemfols 73-82v

                   

                  • Title (B.1.2.13): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Midlent

                    Rubric (initial): Sermo de lege dei in media quadragesimae.

                    Incipit: Men þa leofestan we rædað nu æt godes ðenungum embe gesetnesse.

                    Bibliography:

                    Ker 1957, item 153

                    Thorpe 1844-46, ii, 188

                       

                  • Itemfols 82v-85v

                     

                    • Title (B.1.2.14): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Midlent: secunda sententia

                      Rubric (initial): Secundus sermo de iosuę et de pungnis eius.

                      Incipit: Moyses ˥ ááron.

                      NoteThorpe 1844-46, ii, 212, but Thorpe 1844-46 218/29 Gifernys bið-224/12 on ðam ecan life does not occur here.

                      Bibliography:

                      Ker 1957, item 153

                      Thorpe 1844-46, ii, 212

                       

                  • Itemfols 85v-91v

                     

                    • Title (B.1.3.14): Ælfric, Third Series of Homilies [Lives of Saints]: The Prayer of Moses [De Oratione Moysi]

                      Rubric (initial): De oratione moysi in media quadragesima.

                      Incipit: Æfter þam þe moyses se mæra heretoga of egipta lande

                      Bibliography:

                      Ker 1957, item 153

                      Skeat 1881-1900, i. 282

                         

                    • Itemfols 91v-99

                       

                      • Title (B.1.2.15): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Fifth Sunday in Lent

                        Rubric (initial): Dominica V in quadregesima.

                        Incipit: 'Ðeos tid fram þisum andweardum dǽge'

                        Note: the heading 'Secundum iohannem' precedes the Latin text at Thorpe 226/2.

                        Bibliography:

                        Ker 1957, item 153

                        Thorpe 1844-46

                           

                      • Itemfols 99-102v

                         

                        • Title (B.1.5.4): Ælfric, Remaining Homilies by Ælfric: Homily for Friday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent

                          Rubric (initial): Feria VI ante ramos palmarum.

                          Incipit: 'Collegerunt pontifices...Þæt halige godspel þe ge gehyrdon nú rǽdon'

                          Bibliography:

                          Ker 1957, item 153

                          Assmann 1889, 65 (no. 5)

                             

                        • Itemfols 102v-108

                           

                          • Title (B.1.1.15): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Palm Sunday

                            Rubric (initial): Dominica in die ramis palmarum.

                            Incipit: 'Cristes þrowung'

                            Note: One leaf is missing between fol. 102 which ends 'his agenum' (Thorpe 206/6) and fol. 103 which begins 'rihtan geleafan' (Thorpe 206/28)

                            Bibliography:

                            Ker 1957, item 153

                            Thorpe 1844-46, i. 206

                               

                          • Itemfols 108-116v

                             

                            • Title (B.1.2.16): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Palm Sunday

                              Rubric (initial): Feria II de passione domini.

                              Incipit: 'Drihtnes þrówunge'

                              Bibliography:

                              Ker 1957, item 153

                              Thorpe 1844-46, ii. 240

                                 

                            • Itemfols 116v-119v

                               

                              • Title (B.3.3.17.3.1.EM): Anonymous Homilies, Homilies for Specified Occasions, Sanctorale: St Martin [Or Blickling 6]

                                Rubric (initial): Feria III (alt. to II) euangelium.

                                Incipit: 'Ante sex dies pasce....Ge magon gehýran secgan be ðære árwyrðnysse þysse halgan tide'

                                Bibliography:

                                Ker 1957, item 153

                                Morris 1874, 1876, 1880, 65-69/18, 73/20-30, 73/35-75/11, 77/33- 79/10, 79/27, 81/33-83/4 (part of the Blickling homily 6, for Palm Sunday)

                                   

                              • Itemfols 119v-126

                                 

                                • Title (B.3.2.22): Anonymous Homilies, Homilies for Specified Occasions, Temporale: In Cena Domini

                                  Rubric (initial): Feria V In cena domini.

                                  Incipit: 'Segeð on þisum bocum be þære áwurðnesse'

                                  Bibliography:

                                  Ker 1957, item 153

                                  Assmann 1889, 151 (no. 13)

                                     

                                • Itemfols 126-131

                                   

                                  • Title (B.1.1.17): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Easter

                                    Rubric (initial): Die dominica paschę resurrection‾. domini de euangelio.

                                    Incipit: 'Oft ge gehyrdon'

                                    Bibliography:

                                    Ker 1957, item 153

                                    Thorpe 1844-46, i. 220

                                       

                                  • Itemfols 131-139

                                     

                                    • Title (B.1.2.18): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Easter

                                      Rubric (initial): Sermo de sacrificio in die paschę.

                                      Incipit: 'Men þa leofestan. gelóme eów is gesǽd'

                                      Note: Variant readings have been added by Jocelyn and at the appropriate places the leaf,

                                      Bibliography:

                                      Ker 1957, item 153

                                      Thorpe 1844-46, ii. 262

                                         

                                    • Itemfols 139-141v

                                       

                                      • Title (B.1.2.19): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Easter

                                        Rubric (initial): Alius sermo de die pasche.

                                        Incipit: 'Hit is swiðe gedafenlic'

                                        Bibliography:

                                        Ker 1957, item 153

                                        Thorpe 1844-46, ii. 282

                                           

                                      • Itemfols 141v-145

                                         

                                        • Title (B.1.2.20): Ælfric, Second Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies II]: Wednesday in Easter Week

                                          Rubric (initial): Feria III in pascha ebdomada.

                                          Incipit: 'Gelóme ætéowde'

                                          Note: The title 'Euangelium' stands between the passage translated from the gospel and its exposition (Thorpe 288/11)

                                          Bibliography:

                                          Ker 1957, item 153

                                          Thorpe 1844-46, ii. 288

                                             

                                        • Itemfols 145-150v

                                           

                                          • Title (B.1.1.18): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: First Sunday after Easter

                                            Rubric (initial): Dominica. in octaua paschę.

                                            Incipit: 'Cum esset sero. ... Æfter þæs hælendes æriste'

                                            Note: The passage in rhythmic prose, 'Hwær beoð wyrta blosman... þæs hwilwendlican færeldes' (fols 148v/12-150/12), is not in the printed edition. It comes after ' heafde' (Thorpe 236/22)

                                            Bibliography:

                                            Ker 1957, item 153

                                            Thorpe 1844-46, i. 230

                                               

                                          • Itemfols 150v-159v

                                             

                                            • Title (B.1.1.19): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Second Sunday after Easter

                                              Rubric (initial): Dominica II post pascha.

                                              Incipit: 'Dixit iesus discipulis suis; Ego sum pastor bonus....Þis godspel þe nú geræd wæs'

                                              Note: Omitting the passages printed 242/7-24 (Be ðisum- bysnað) and 244/7-9 and adding at the end a long passage which occurs also in CUL Ii.4.6, CCCC 188, CCCC 302, but not in Thorpe. This passage begins 'Ge magon gehýran' (fol. 152v/21) and ends imperfectly 'swícdomes 7 sýrwun-', a leaf having been lost after fol. 159.

                                              Bibliography:

                                              Ker 1957, item 153

                                              Thorpe 1844-46, i. 238

                                                 

                                            • Itemfols 160-162v

                                               

                                              • Title (B.1.4.20): Ælfric, Homilies of Ælfric: De doctrina Apostolica

                                                 

                                                Title (B.1.6.3): Ælfric, Tracts: De Septiformi Spiritu [Be þam halgan gaste]

                                                Incipit: 'útan bið geséwen'

                                                Note: After 'grámlican deofles' (Nap. 60/4) the text continues 'Be þam we mágod sécgan sume soðe býsne. swa swa béda awrát...endenextan dæge ' (fols 160v/24-162/18).

                                                Bibliography:

                                                Ker 1957, item 153

                                                Napier 1883, 58/1 (no. 8)

                                                   

                                              • Itemfols 162v-165v

                                                 

                                                • Title (B.1.4.7): Ælfric, Homilies of Ælfric: Dominica IV Post Pascha

                                                  Rubric (initial): Dominica IIII post pascha.

                                                  Incipit: 'Uado ad eum qui me misit...Manega godspel syndon gesette'

                                                  Bibliography:

                                                  Ker 1957, item 153

                                                     

                                                • Itemfols 165v-169v

                                                   

                                                  • Title (B.1.4.8): Ælfric, Homilies of Ælfric: Dominica V Post Pascha

                                                    Rubric (initial): Dominica V post octau‾.

                                                    Incipit: 'Sume men nyton gewis'

                                                    Bibliography:

                                                    Ker 1957, item 153

                                                    Belfour 1909, 12

                                                       

                                                  • Itemfols 169v-176v

                                                     

                                                    • Title (B.1.1.22): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Feria III de fide catholica

                                                      Rubric (initial): De fide catholica.

                                                      Incipit: 'Ælc cristen man'

                                                      Bibliography:

                                                      Ker 1957, item 153

                                                      Thorpe 1844-46, i. 274.

                                                         

                                                    • Itemfols 176v-182v

                                                       

                                                      • Title (B.1.1.23): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Ascension

                                                        Rubric (initial): In die ascendionis domini.

                                                        Incipit: 'Primum quidem... Lucas se godspellere ús mánode'

                                                        Bibliography:

                                                        Ker 1957, item 153

                                                        As Thorpe 1844-46, i. 294.

                                                           

                                                      • Itemfols 182v-186

                                                         

                                                        • Title (B.1.4.9): Ælfric, Homilies of Ælfric: Dominica Post Ascensionem Domini

                                                          Rubric (initial): Dominica. post. ascensionem domini.

                                                          Incipit: 'Cum autem uenerit paraclitus...Se hælen hér on lífe'

                                                          Bibliography:

                                                          Ker 1957, item 153

                                                             

                                                        • Itemfols 186-192v

                                                           

                                                          • Title (B.1.1.24): Ælfric, First Series of Homilies [Catholic Homilies I]: Pentecost

                                                            Rubric (initial): In die sancto pentecosten.

                                                            Incipit: 'Fram þam halgan easterlican dæge'

                                                            Bibliography:

                                                            Ker 1957, item 153

                                                            As Thorpe 1844-46, i. 310.

                                                               

                                                          • Itemfols 192v-196v

                                                             

                                                            • Title (B.1.4.10): Ælfric, Homilies of Ælfric: Dominica Pentecosten

                                                              Rubric (initial): Eodem die de euangelio.

                                                              Incipit: 'Si quis diligit me... Iohannes se godspellere þe þis godspel awrát. sǽde þæt se hǽlend'

                                                              Note: fol. 196v/5-24 is blank.

                                                              Bibliography:

                                                              Ker 1957, item 153


                                                            Object Description

                                                            Form

                                                            Form: Codex

                                                            Support: Parchment

                                                            Extent:

                                                            • 230 mm x 150 mm (dimensions of all - size of leaves)
                                                            • c. 187 mm x 111 mm (dimensions of all - size of written space)

                                                            Foliation and/or Pagination: (As Ker 1957) fols iv + 196 + iii, foliated (i-iv), 1-196, (197-9). Previously, Quire 23 was misbound before Quire 22 and as a consequence fols 157-71 were foliated 165-71, 157-64. The manuscript was rebound in 1966 using a concertina-type binding so that each quire is effectively bound separately. 25 quires now, with Quires 12 and 13 being bound together. Folio 1 is supplied.

                                                            Collation:

                                                            • Quires: Collation (as Ker 1957, and checked against the codex) of fols 2-196: 11 (fol. 2), 2-78, 88 wants 1 before fol. 51, 9-128134, 148, 158 wants 2 after fol. 102, 16-218, 228 wants 4 after fol. 159, 23-258, 2612 wants 10-12, probably blank, after fol. 196.

                                                            Condition:

                                                            The condition of the membrane is generally very good, and often quite thick in texture. Manuscript itself is acephalous. Upper margins appear to have been closely trimmed.

                                                            Note:

                                                            • Blank parchment leaves have been inserted in place of the leaves missing from Quires 8 and 22. A quire is missing after fol. 50. Ruled with a pencil on Quires 1-4 and hardpoint elsewhere for 24 long lines. Pricked prior to folding. Double bounding lines.

                                                            Hand Description

                                                            • Number of hands: 1
                                                            • Summary: One main hand, although from fol. 92r onwards the script changes from insular to Caroline minuscule then returns to insular. Treharne 2000 argues that 'this scribe has been copying Latin immediately prior to the stint at fol. 92r' (p. 22).
                                                            • Hand: main text

                                                              Sporadically through the compilation of the manuscript, the scribe's hand seems to vary very slightly between quires (along with the ruling between Quires 1-4 and the rest of the manuscript): thus, at fol. 66 (Quire 9), insular d is used in Latin and English, and insular h is used, when the usual form is Caroline. This suggests, perhaps, that this manuscript was copied over a lengthier period of time than might be usual, and in blocks of quires, rather than by textual unit. This seems confirmed by the change of elements of the script at fol. 92r, where Quire 13 (a quire of four) begins.

                                                              • Scope: sole
                                                              • Scribe: Ker 153 SC1
                                                              • Script: twelfth-century minuscule
                                                              • Description: Ker 1957 calls this 'an untidy hand, lacking character' (p. 193) although Treharne 2000 describes it as 'quite distinctive' with a general aspect similar to that of CCCC 302 (p. 21). The bowls of letters are often quite round, with some variation towards a squarish line, but the aspect is generally upright and angular, the angularity caused by the tags and serifs of ascenders, the flick of the tail of y, the many acute accents, the positura (two points and a comma), and the heavy abbreviation marks and cross-strokes. It may be this multitude of angular strokes that caused Ker's judgement that the hand is 'untidy'. Quite what he meant by 'lacking character' is unclear.
                                                              • Summary of the characteristics of the hand: See Treharne 2000, pp. 20-22.
                                                              • a is Caroline and has a fat, angular bowl with a relatively undeveloped headstroke.
                                                              • d is usually insular and is the same shape as ð but tends to have a shorter back. Caroline, straight- backed d is used in the first few lines of fol. 92r, and sporadically elsewhere. It is tagged to the left (in the manner of 'prickly script' manuscripts of the the first quarter of the twelfth century from Canterbury and Rochester).
                                                              • e is relatively rounded, and often has an upward-curving extended tongue, especially at word- and line-end.
                                                              • f is insular throughout the manuscript. The medial and upper cross-strokes both turn down at the end and this is the single most characteristic feature of this hand. This form of f is reminiscent of that used by the scribe of Harley 55, fols 5-13
                                                              • g is Caroline, with a tail that is open but slightly flattened at the bottom. From fol. 92r onwards, the tail of Caroline g sweeps round towards the bowl in a rounded fashion.
                                                              • h is Caroline up to fol. 66 and insular from fol. 66 up to fol. 92r. Caroline h is used on fol. 92, but it reverts to insular by fol. 93, with some sporadic incidences of Caroline after that.
                                                              • minims have consistently formed feet that flick upwards to the right and have a tagged serif in the onset stroke. The first minim of m is often more widely set than the second and third.
                                                              • r is usually insular, though Caroline r occasionally occurs (as at fol. 92r, for example).
                                                              • Up to fol. 66 the top of s is quite rounded. The top is flatter in subsequent folios. High Caroline s and low insular s are used from fols 66-92r. After fol. 92r long sis employed initially and finally, together with low sand the occasional high s.
                                                              • ð is of the same shape as d but with a slightly longer back. The cross-stroke is very straight, slightly angled, and balanced in length, but has a small blob or flick downwards on the right side.
                                                              • þ has a quite rounded bowl.
                                                              • y is always dotted and is either straight-limbed or has limbs that curve outwards slightly. The tail of straight-limbed y flicks angularly upwards to the right at the end of the tail.
                                                              • ascenders are wedged or tagged to the left, and very occasionally flagged to the right. ascenders of bhland þ tend to be as high as the interlinear space permits.
                                                              • descenders are straight and tapering, though f and roccasionally taper very slightly to the left.
                                                              • accents are pronounced and hook-shaped with a distinctive flick downwards at the end. The accents are broadly similar to those in CCCC 383.
                                                              • Abbreviations: 'drihten' is abbreviated by a horizontal line indicating the omission of -en, which crosses through the ascender of h. This is also seen in CCCC 303.
                                                              • Punctuation:
                                                                • The punctus is used throughout.
                                                                • The positura consisting of two punctus and a comma arranged triangularly is used throughout the text up to fol. 92, then afterwards much less frequently.
                                                                • From fol. 92 the punctus versuspunctus elevatusand punctus interrogativus are employed.
                                                                • There are flat, medially-placed, hyphens at line-ends but, rather like the positura, these tend to cluster in specific scribal stints, or may be derived from characteristics of the exemplar.
                                                              • Ligatures: There are few st ligatures and only rare ctligatures (fol. 101r/24, for example).
                                                            Decoration Description

                                                            Initials are metallic purple or green or both colours used together. The first letter of a sentence is filled with red and titles are in red rustic capitals (Ker 1957, p. 193). The enlarged, pen-filled initials (such as the green M at fol. 82v) have foliate terminals, and blobs at a medial point of the limbs. Angular shapes, rather like the teeth of a saw, decorate the oblique lines. These initials might be similar to those of manuscripts from Rochester and St Augustine's, Canterbury in the first half of the twelfth century.  


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                                                            Manuscript described by Elaine Treharne with the assistance of Hollie Morgan, Owen Roberson and Takako Kato (2010; 2013).

                                                            Surrogates

                                                            Digital surrogate: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=cotton_ms_faustina_a_ix_fs001ar (accessed 18 July 2018)

                                                            EM Project facsimile

                                                            Treharne, Elaine M., 'The Production and Script of Manuscripts containing English Religious Texts in the First Half of the Twelfth Century', in Rewriting Old English in the Twelfth Century, ed. by Mary Swan and Elaine M. Treharne (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 42-45, facsimiles of fols 65v, 66, 82v and 92


                                                            History

                                                            Origin

                                                            Origin:

                                                            Unknown, but likely to be south-eastern, based on scribal and textual affiliations (for these, see Treharne 2000, and Teresi 2007, and the references therein).

                                                            Provenance:

                                                            Unknown.

                                                            Acquisition:

                                                            According to Ker 1957, the addition of a flyleaf (fol. 1) on which is written the sixteenth-century title 'Sermones angliCæ sive SaxoniCæ 36' and Joscelyn's notes 'show that this was one of the manuscripts used in Archbishop Parker's circle' (p. 193). 'Sum Guiliel. Bowyer 1565' is written on fol. 2, erased but visible under ultra-violet light (transcribed in Wanley 1705, p. 239). Part of the Cotton library: Thomas Cotton's name is written on fol. 2. Acquired by the British Museum along with the rest of the Cotton collection.

                                                            Provenance

                                                            Southeast England

                                                            Bibliography

                                                            Assmann, Bruno, ed., Angelsächsischen Homilien und Heiligenleben, Bibliotek der angelsächsischen Prosa, 13 (Kassel: Wigand, 1889; repr. 1964)

                                                            Belfour, A. O., ed., Twelfth-Century Homilies in MS. Bodley 343, EETS, OS 118 (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1909)

                                                            Clemoes, Peter, ed., Ælfric's Catholic Homilies: The First Series. Text, EETS, SS 17 (London: Oxford University Press, 1997)

                                                            Godden, Malcolm, ed., Ælfric's Catholic Homilies: The Second Series, EETS, SS 5 (London: Oxford University Press, 1979)

                                                            Ker, N. R., Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957; repr. 1990), item 153

                                                            Müller, Ludwig C., Collectanea Anglo-Saxonica Maximam Partem Nunc Primum Edita et Vocabulario Illustrata (Hauniæ: Wahl, 1835; repr. Amsterdam: Rodophi, 1970)

                                                            Morris, Richard, ed., The Blickling Homilies, EETS, OS 58, 63, 73 (London: Oxford University Press, 1874, 1876, 1880)

                                                            Napier, Arthur Sampson, ed., Wulfstan: Sammlung der ihm zugeschriebenen Homilien nebst Untersuchungen über ihre Echtheit, Sammlung englischer Denkmaeler in Kritischen Ausgaben, 4 (Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1883; repr. Dublin: Weidmann, 1967, with a bibliographical appendix by Klaus Ostheeren)

                                                            Skeat, W. W., ed., Ælfric’s Lives of Saints, EETS, OS 76, 82, 94, 114 (London and Oxford: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1881-1900; repr. as 2 vols, 1966)

                                                            Teresi, Loredana, 'A Computer-Assisted Analysis of Spellings in Two Vernacular Manuscripts of the Transition Period: MS Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 302 and MS London, British Library, Cotton Faustina A. ix', (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Manchester, 1998)

                                                            ---, 'Ælfric’s or Not? The Making of a Temporale Collection in Late Anglo-Saxon England', in The Old English Homily: Precedent, Practice and Appropriation, ed. Aaron J Kleist, Studies in the Early Middle Ages, 17 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 284-310

                                                            Thorpe, B., ed., The Sermones Catholici or Homilies of Ælfric, Ælfric Society, 2 vols (London: Ælfric Society, 1844-46)

                                                            Treharne, Elaine M., 'The Dates and Origins of Three Twelfth-Century Old English Manuscripts', in Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts and their Heritage, ed. by Philip Pulsiano and Elaine M. Treharne (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998), pp. 227-53

                                                            ---, 'The Production and Script of Manuscripts containing English Religious Texts in the First Half of the Twelfth Century', in Rewriting Old English in the Twelfth Century, ed. by Mary Swan and Elaine M. Treharne (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 11-39

                                                            Wanley, H., Librorum Veterum Septentrionalium Catalogus (1705)

                                                            Willard, Rudolph, 'The Punctuation and Capitalization of Ælfric's homily for the First Sunday in Lent', The University of Texas Studies in English, 29.1 (1950), 1-32

                                                            ---, Two Apocrypha in Old English Homilies, Beiträge zur englischen Philologie, 30 (Leipzig, 1935b)

                                                              Wright, C. E, 'The Dispersal of the Monastic Libraries and the Beginnings of Anglo-Saxon Studies', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 1 (1951), 208-37