London. British Library, Royal MS 6 A VII

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The British Library, Polonsky Pre-1200 Project
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London. British Library
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British Library, Royal MS 6 A VII
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  • Latin
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  • John the Deacon, Vita Sancti Gregorii Magni
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  • This manuscript contains the Vita Sancti Gregorii Magni (Life of St Gregory the Great) by John the Deacon of Rome (b. c. 825; d. 880). Contents: ff. 2r-3r: A preface for the Vita Sancti Gregorii Magni , beginning: 'Incipit Vita Gregorii papae urbis Romae. Beatissimo ac felicissimo domino Iohanni sanctae catholice et apostolice Romanae ecclesiae...' ff. 3r-v: A table of chapters of the first book. ff. 4r-25v: First book of the Vita Sancti Gregorii Magni . ff. 25v-27r: Table of chapters of the second book. ff. 27r-58v: Second book of the Vita Sancti Gregorii Magni . ff. 58v-59v: Table of chapters of the third book. ff. 60r-100r: Third book of the Vita Sancti Gregorii Magni . ff. 100r-103v: Table of chapters of the fourth book. ff. 103v-162v: Fourth book of the Vita Sancti Gregorii Magni . The explicit is followed by an alphabet in Caroline minuscule and capital letters. The manuscript contains a few additions: f. 1r: An extract of an antiphon with Anglo-Norman neumes and later musical notations, beginning 'Orbata pontifice Wigorna erga (sic) hunc dei civem hunc sibi presulem hunc sibi petit doctorem [...]', added in the late 11th or early 12th century (see K. D. Hartzell, Catalogue of Manuscripts (2006), p. 139) followed by an alphabet and an extract of the prefatory letter of Gregory's homilies on Ezekiel in a late 12th-century hand. Decoration:1 zoomorphic initial in brown and red of Wormald's type I (see Wormald, 'Decorated Initials' (1945), p. 134) with a large mask head and interlace decoration, at the beginning of the text (f. 2r). Initials and chapter numbers in Roman numerals in red. Four added sketches in the margin (ff. 113v, 123r).
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