Cambridge, Trinity College O.1.18 Augustine, "Enchiridion"; Dunstan Acrostic

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Michael Wright
Stephanie Hollis


86. Cambridge, Trinity College 0.1.18 (1042)

Augustine, "Enchiridion"; Dunstan Acrostic

[ 92, Gneuss 188]

HISTORY: A manuscript containing Augustine's "Enchiridion ad Laurentium" dated s. x/xi (s. x 2 , Keynes 1992: 20).James (1900-1904: 3. 19) thought the manuscript came from Glastonbury, but it could also be from Christ Church, Canterbury, "with some probability" (Keynes 1992: 20), as no. 40 in the list of Prior Eastry (1284-1331), as suggested byJ ames himself (1903: 506, 19). Lapidge (1975: 109) implies that the "Dunstan Acrostic" on ff. 112v- 113r is the exemplar of the less complete copy in Cambridge, Trinity College B.14.3 [78], a Christ Church manuscript. The text was written by two scribes: ff. 2-10 in English Caroline minuscule by a scribe who is otherwise known to have participated in the production of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Auct. D. Inf. 2. 9. i (Cassian); and ff. 12r-109v by a scribe who appears also in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Auct. D. Inf. 2. 9. i, in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 320, pt. ii [50] (Theodore's "Penitential"), Cambridge, St.John's College, D.26 (Cassian), and Oxford, Bodleian Library, Auct. F. I. 15, pt. ii [343] (Persius). The OE glosses are written in several hands, mostly of Caroline form. Several hands of the late 10c and 11c have written various texts in blank spaces, including a list of animal noises, a suite of 10c? poemi, and the Dunstan acrostic. Given to Trinity College by Roger Gale in 1738.

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