RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Alt Ref NoMS 218
Extentff. 88 + 42 + 68
TitleGREGORII LIB. PASTORALIS. JOH. CASSIANUS. ALCUINI EPP.
Date9th century-14th century
DescriptionList of contents by Sancroft.

I.
1. Table of chapters on ff. 1-3a in a slightly later hand.
Inc. liber pastoralis cure Gregorii pape urbis Rome scriptus
ad Iohannem Ep. Ravenne urbis (in red and green capitals) . . . . . f. 3b
Pastoralis cure me pondera fugere (lxxvii. 13)
Rubric and incipit written in black in the margin. A fine large
initial P in outline, faintly tinted with colours.
The hand is like that of Christchurch, Canterbury. It
decreases in size and perhaps changes towards the end.
Ends: manus leuet. 88b.

II.
2. f. 89 blank. On f. 90a in a xvth-cent. hand is a notice of
Johannes Cassianus. Vir illustris et facundus Ioh. Cass.
multa scripsit - opitulante perducit. Hec vincencius in spec.
hist. lib. xx°. ca°. xiiij. Et beatus pater Benedictus collaciones
patrum cum institutis eorum monachis recomendat ad
collacionem in capitulo legendas ut habetur in regula sua
ca° xlij° et ca° lxxiij°.
Vide originaliter xxiiij collaciones patrum in registro librorum
in J. 35. (This MS., J. 35, is now at Pembroke College,
Cambridge, no. 92. It has similar notices.)
On 90b in a larger hand of the same time:
. . . . . . . I. 23.
Liber S. Edmundi Regis in quo cont. Joh. Cassianus de septem
collacionibus patrum. [Annotation in the Librarian's copy of M.R. James: Abbot cat. LR/F/3 f. 61r - or is this a printed item?]
. . . . . . . G. 43
Epistole Albyni siue Alcuyni monachi ad karolum et alios.
Also at top of f. 91a in the hand as I think of John Boston
Inc. lib. Joh. Cassiani de vij collac. patrum J. xxiii.
(Capitula.) Descriptio theneseos oppidi etc. Expl. capitula . . . . . 91
Inc. pref. super septem collaciones (xlix. 477).
D rum virtutem profeccionis vestre
The order of the quires is wrong: quire 17 (ff. 123-130) should
follow f. 106: then quire 16 (115-112): then 15 (107-114).
Collatio II begins 95b; III. 127; IV. 116; V. 119; VI. 107,
ending imperfectly 114b: siquidem aliquos iusticie caperet

III.
3. The first page of text is marked out and a title (xiv, xv in
Boston's hand ?) written on it: Epistole Albini siue Alcuyni
monachi ad Karolum et alios.
The MS. was consulted by Jaffé and Pertz for their edition
(Monumenta Alcuiniana, 1873). On p. 135 it is described
as L. 'manu Anglosaxonica saeculi XI scriptus continet
f. 131v-208v epistolas 20 Alcuini sed nullam ineditam.'
Duemmler, MGH. Epp. Karol. II. p. 8, gives the same date.
Some supplementary collation was done for him by O.
Sommer and R. Priebsch. In reality I cannot conceive that
it is later than cent. ix, and it can hardly be late in that
century. The manuscript is a very stately production, and
has not received the attention which I think it merits.
The text of f. 131a is just legible. It begins in Ep. 103 (Mon.
Alc. p. 434, l. 11).
cursu(s) redigere [conati sunt] Ne.
From 131b to 133b a scholar of cent. xvii, puzzled by the
script, has interlined the words in ordinary hand, and
continues to do so at intervals afterwards.
Each of the Epistles whose beginning remains has a heading of
two lines (or one line) of capitals, which are filled in with
red, yellow, or a darker red which has gone brown. The
initial is usually rather elaborate, with convoluted lines,
broken at intersections, and birds' or dragons' heads.
f. 170 is sewn in with an original lace of skin.
The following Epistles remain. I give references to MGH. and
Mon. Alc. (with pages).
1 Ep. 155 (103, 434, 11 cursus redigere, as above) . . . . . 131
f. 133 should follow 131.
2 Ep. 136 (239, p. 756) f. 134 should follow immediately on 132 . . . . . 132b
3 Ep. 110 (67, p. 307) . . . . . 144b
4 Ep. 148 (99, p. 414). The last part of this: Nuper mihi venit
libellus (p. 420, l. 1), has a separate heading in two lines
of ornamented capitals . . . . . 148b
5 Ep. 145 (98, p. 407). After calamo corrigendum (p. 411, l. 22) a
passage occurs (found nowhere else): qua propter et aliud
opus - scriptorum uero uitia illis deputentur tamen
emendentur. Has uero lunarias, etc. (MGH. l.c., p. 233,
l. 27 to p. 234, l. 10) . . . . . 157
6 Ep. 179 [annotation: 170] (110, p. 448) omitting the distich at the beginning and
the quatrain at the end . . . . . 163b
7 Ep. 174 (114, p. 463) . . . . . 167
8 Ep. 177 (118, p. 481) . . . . . 170b
9 Ep. 178 (119, p. 484) . . . . . 174
10 Ep. 171 (111, p. 452) . . . . . 177b
11 Ep. 172 (112, p. 457). At the end is 'finit' in a notable insular
hand . . . . . 182
12 Ep. 163 (254, p. 808) . . . . . 185
13 Ep. 240 (198, p. 684). The opening distich added to the closing
one . . . . . 190
14 Ep. 231 (172, p. 618) . . . . . 191b
15 Ep. 238 (193, p. 676). The verses at the end have curious
ornament . . . . . 193
16 Ep. 261 (205, p. 697) . . . . . 195
17 Ep. [annotation: 197] (138, p. 533) . . . . . 196b
18 Ep. 198 (124, p. 501) ends imperf. scimus caros nostros (503, l. 12) . . . . . 199
19 Ep. 131 (154, p. 574) begins imperf. iustificeris ecce (576, l. 15) . . . . . 201
20 Ep. 188 (245, p. 789) . . . . . 207
21 Ep. 307 (240, p. 765). The heading only remains . . . . . 208b
There are a few corrections by an xith-cent. hand. The text,
though exquisitely written, has many blunders.
FindingAidsCatalogue description based on M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932)
Also referred to in 'Lambeth Palace Library and its Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: Exhibition mounted for the biennial conference of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists 3 August 2007', ed. David Ganz and Jane Roberts with Richard Palmer (printed for the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists by Taderon Press, London, 2007)
PhysicalDescriptionVellum, 10 1/2 x 7, three volumes: I, 26 lines; II, 40 lines; III, 22 lines. Vol. I in two very good hands of cent. xii; II of cent. xiv, in a clear hand; III in a noble upright hand of cent. ix, of the Northumbrian type.
Calf binding, pr. 2s.
Collation: 1(8) (+ 1) 2(8)-11(8) (wants 8) || 12(2) 13(8)-17(8) (quires disordered) || 18(8) (two cancels) 19(8)-23(8) (6 canc.) 24(8) (5 canc.) 25(8) 26(8).
CustodialHistoryVol. I is from Lanthony. At top of f. 1 in the xvth-cent. hand is: In hoc vol. cont. liber pastoralis cure gregorii pape, and on R., erased, is: Morganus canonicus de Kermerd. Nos. 124-5 in the Catalogue are: Libri Pastorales duo mediocres (unus liber deficit: vicarius de Chirecestr).
Vols. II and III are from Bury St Edmunds (see Description field).

Given by Abp. Abbot (except I ?).
Sheldon catalogue (Lambeth Palace Library LR/F/5, LR/F/6, MS 1047) shelfmarks:
ff. 1-89: G. 18
ff. 90-208: F. 11
Former Cambridge shelfmarks (see published catalogue by M. R. James and Concordance IV in N. R. Ker, 'Archbishop Sancroft's Rearrangement of the Manuscripts of Lambeth Palace', in E. G. W. Bill, 'A Catalogue of Manuscripts in Lambeth Palace Library MSS. 1222-1860', Oxford, 1972):
ff. 1-89: N. [eta]. 5
ff. 90-208: G. [epsilon]. 3
Later shelfmarks:
ff. 1-89: quarto 6
ff. 90-208: quarto 136
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RelatedMaterialSee Description field.
It was pointed out by Sickel, Alcuinstudien, p. 512, that Epp. 1-18 of volume III in this MS. correspond to nos. 5-22 of the Troyes MS. (T): probably 1-4 of T are lost here: but that this MS. (L) is not a copy of T, since it alone has the additional passage in no. 5.
PublnNoteSee Description field.
Volume III is mentioned by Lindsay, Notae Latinae, p. 462 (see published catalogue for examples of abbreviations).

K. Bennett, "The Book Collections of Llanthony Priory from Foundation until Dissolution (c. 1100-1538)", Thesis submitted for the degree of Ph.D. in the School of History at the University of Kent (2007) [Lambeth Palace Library H5183.1L52].
Richard Gameson. "The decoration of the Tanner Bede" (Anglo-Saxon England 21, Cambridge University Press, 1992) [Lambeth Palace Library Z664.L2 6.23]
Richard Gameson. ed. "The Cambridge history of the book in Britain. Volume I, c.400-1100", (Cambridge University Press, 2012) p. 192. [Lambeth Palace Library Z4.C4]
David Ganz, "An Anglo-Saxon fragment of Alcuin's letters in the Newberry Library, Chicago", (Anglo-Saxon England', Volume 22, 1993) [Lambeth Palace Library KA152.A6]
W.M. Lindsay, "Notae Latinae: an account of abbreviations in Latin MSS. of the early minuscule period (c.700-850)". (Cambridge, 2013, Originally published 1915) [Lambeth Palace Library Z111.L5]
Richard Sharpe ed. "English Benedictine libraries: the shorter catalogues" (Corpus of British medieval Library Catalogues, 4 1996). [Lambeth Palace Library Z725.S4]
Claire Breay and Joanna Story ed. "Anglo-Saxon kingdoms: art, word, war" (British Library, London, 2018). [Lambeth Palace Library KA150.A6B5]

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