[Blickling Homilies].

Manuscript, Book
  • Old English (ca. 450-1100)
  • Latin
  • English
[England, late 10th or early 11th century]
150 leaves : parchment ; 21 x 15 cm.


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Summary note
A composite manuscript (imperfect) consisting of three distinct parts. The main part consists of eighteen homilies in Anglo-Saxon for Sundays and Saints' days from the feast of the Annunciation to that of St. Andrew. The homilies were written by two scribes in England probably in the late 10th or early 11th century. Nine preliminary leaves contain a Sarum Kalendar for use at Lincoln (15th century) and sequences of the Gospels (16th century), both in Latin. The manuscript was used in the administration of oaths to municipal officials at Lincoln. It contains extensive marginalia, much of it concerning city government.
  • Manuscript codex.
  • Decoration: Penwork initials.
  • Origin: Written in England probably in the late 10th or early 11th century.
  • Foliated in pencil: xi, 139. Remnants of earlier foliation.
Binding note
Rebound by Scott Husby in alum-tawed calfskin.
Language note
Homiletic texts in Old English. Calendar and gospels in Latin. Some English additions.
Provenance: The names of mayors and other officials of the city of Lincoln, from 32 Edw. I to the end of the 15th century, are written throughout the manuscript; it was probably in the possession of the Corporation until the beginning of the 17th century; in 1724 it was given to William Pownall of Lincoln, who disposed of it to Sir Richard Ellys of Nocton, Lincolnshire; passed by inheritance to the Marquess of Lothian, Blickling Hall, Norfolk; his sale (Jan. 27, 1932, no. 2, facs.) to Cortland F. Bishop; acquired at Bishop sale, New York, 5 April 1938, lot 285.
Publications about
The Blickling homilies, the John H. Scheide library, Titusville, Pennsylvania / edited by Rudolph Willard. Copenhagen : Rosenkilde and Bagger, 1960.
De Ricci, p. 2323, no. 55
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Scheide Library, Princeton University. M 71.
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