London. British Library, Royal MS 7 C IV

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British Library, Royal MS 7 C IV
  • Latin
  • Old English
  • Middle English
  • Defensor of Ligugé, Liber scintillarum, with Old English glosses; Pauca de vitiis and peccatis (imperfect) with Old English glosses
  • This manuscript contains the Liber scintillarum (Book of Sparks): a florilegium of extracts from the Bible and the Church Fathers written around 700 by a Benedictine monk of the abbey of Ligugé, Defensor of Ligugé. It also includes Old English interlinear glosses. The quires containing the Liber scintillarum have been bound incorrectly (for the right order see Rhodes, Defensor's Liber scintillarum (1889)). It is followed by a florilegium entitled Pauca de vitiis et peccatis (Little on the Vices and Sins) that includes extracts from Ecclesiasticus and Isidore of Seville (d. 636)'s Sententiae (Sentences). Contents: ff. 1r-100v: Defensor of Ligugé, Liber scintillarum with interlinear Old English glosses. ff. 100v-106r: Anonymous, Pauca de vitiis and peccatis (imperfect), including Old English interlinear glosses to the Bible (ff. 100v-102r) and Isidore's Sententiae (ff. 102r-106r) .The manuscript contains a number of additions:f. iv: An alphabet from 'A' to 'G' linked to Roman numerals written by an early 15th-century hand. ff. 106v-107r: An extract from the Early Middle English Poema morale (Moral Poem), lines 17 to 18, 'me is bestolen on er [...] Ne maeg ic geseo before me [..] for he may se a mows [...]', added in the 12th or 13th century (f. 106v); numerous notes, verses of satirical poems and pen trials in various hands of the 14th and 15th centuries; a drawing of a face and of two coat of arms (f. 106v). An extract from Psalm 48:13 (f. 107r). Decoration:Large initials in red and green. Rubrics in red. Numerous margins trimmed off.
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