Cambridge. Corpus Christi College, Parker Library MS 326

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MS 326
  • 900 - 1099
  • Latin
  • Old English
    • Aldhelm, De laudibus uirginitatis || Aldhelmus
    • Abbo Saint-Germain-des Prés, Bella Parisiacae Urbis, Book III (extract)
    • Glosses on words beginning with B and C
    • Apocryphal account of Adam, perhaps derived from II Enoch
    • Latin proverbs and epigrams
    • Notes on Latin nouns and verbs
    • see more
  • CCCC MS 326 is an interesting manuscript which attests to Latin learning at the cathedral priory of Christ Church, Canterbury at the end of the tenth century and the beginning of the eleventh. It contains the unique text of the macaronic poem Aldhelm, which switches from Latin (with Greek vocabulary) to Old English, phrase by phrase; but its main contents are two particularly difficult Latin texts with glosses. The prose De laudibus uirginitatis by Aldhelm (d. 709), and the third book of Bella Parisiacae urbis by Abbo of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (d. 921), were both very influential on the so-called hermeneutic style of Anglo-Latin, which arose in the second half of the tenth century in association with the Benedictine Reform Movement. The manuscript also contains a poem in the shape of a wheel. Provenance at Christ Church, Canterbury is assured by the two surviving classmarks of that house, and the identification of this manuscript in the early fourteenth-century Christ Church catalogue of Henry of Eastry OSB. An origin at the same house seems certain since T. A. M. Bishop identified the scribe as one of those from his large network of Canterbury manuscripts.
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