London. British Library, Add MS 62122

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British Library, Add MS 62122
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  • Latin
  • Ancient Greek
  • Middle English
  • St Jerome, Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew; Commentary on the Book of Daniel
  • This is one of the few manuscripts to survive from the Benedictine abbey of Saint Mary and Saint Rumon at Tavistock (Devon). This manuscript was produced in the 12 th century, and contains biblical commentaries by the Church father St Jerome (b. 347, d. 420), whose writings were central to the study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. It contains several marginal notations in Latin, Greek and English. Contents:f. 1v: A title and ownership inscription. ff. 3r-69v: St Jerome, Commentary on the Gospel of Jerome, with a prologue, beginning ‘Plures fuisse qui evangelia scripserunt et Lucas evangelista’.ff. 70r-104r: St Jerome, Commentary on the Book of Daniel, beginning (after a faded rubric), ‘Contra danielem prophetam duodecimum librum scripsit porphirius’.The manuscript contains a number of additions:f. 2v: A list describing the weather conditions at feast days, beginning ‘the Christynmas was fayre and drye with owt enye sunne shynyng’, written in a 15th- or 16th-century script.f. [iii] recto: a transcription of the Middle English text on f. 2v by Sir Frederic Madden. [ff. 1r, 2r, 104v are empty]. Decoration: 2 large initials in blue, red and green on f 3r and f. 4r; 5 large initials in red or green with penwork decoration in green or red on ff. 35r, 52r, 70r, 71r, 87v (with an offset of the last on f. 81v); foliate pen-flourishing in red ink in the lower margins of ff. 102v, 103r and 104r; manicules in brown and red ink, and symbols in brown ink in the margins; the symbols include crosses, and an asterisk (‘asteriscus) and an arrow (‘obulus’) on 70v.
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