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CASSIANUS. VITAE SANCTORUM

MRJ number: 
101
College classmark: 
D.26

    Vellum, 11.25 x 7.5, ff. 83 + 3, 28 lines, 36 lines, and double columns of 42 lines.  10th and 12th cent., several volumes.

    Donor, T. C. S.

    The name R. Benet (of C.9) on flyleaf: priced 20S.

    Collation: 2 flyleaves , 18 28 (wants 7, 8) | 38 (+3 after 4) 48 - 78 | 810 94

(4 canc.) | 108 118 (wants 6-8), 1 flyleaf.

    On flyleaf: 

    domino suo et amico R. de Norfouce……sath. et amorem tibi mando atque

exoro (xiii).

    Table of contents in red.

    Contents:

    I.      10th cent., in a fine minuscule, probably English,

        1.  Jo. Cassianus de spiritu superbiae (Collatio xii).

             Capitula            .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .        f.  1

             Text.  Octauum quod extremum adversus spiritum superbiae.           1b

             Ends p. 14b in ueritate credamus.

   II.      12th cent., in a narrow upright hand.

        2.  Inc.  passio SS. Martyrum Sergii et Bachi quod est non. Oct.      .    15

             Maximiano tiranno regnante nimio errore.

             Ends f. 17b mortis errore auertamur.  Cui est honor et gloria

                 cum p. et sp. s. in sec. sec.  Amen.  Expl. passio gloriosorum

                 christi mart. Sergii et Bachi.

             In ev. Antiphona.  Felix sergi atque bache .         .         .         .         17b

             With music in four-line stave: continued on f. 21a.

             Anal. Boll. VIII, 152.  Acta SS. Oct. III, 863.

        3.  Hincmari prologus in Vitam S. Remigii     .         .         .         .         18

             Rincmarus (!) nomine non merito episcopus

                     -studuisse legamus.

             Capitula      .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         19

             f. 20b blank.  M. G. H.  Script. rer. Merov. III, 250.

                                    Acta SS. Oct. I, 131.

        4.  Inc. Vita Be. Gregorii Nazanzeni Ep. quod est vii kal. Mart.   .         21b

             Florebat igitur egiptus ea tempestate

                     -singulorum oratiunculas transfundimus in latinum

             Expl. Vita S. Greg. Nazanzeni.

             Not specified in B. H. L.

        5.  Inc. Vita Beatissimi Remigii Francorum Apostoli    .         .         .       22b

             His miraculorum premissis capitulis.

             On and after f. 26 the writing is in double columns.

             Ends f. 57b: consubstantialis ac coequalis uiuit et regnat per

                omnia sec. sec. Amen.  (See reff. on 3.)

        6.  Inc. prol. Gregorii turonensis ep. in uitam S. Maurilii         .         .         58

             Sanctissimo sancte parisiorum matris ecclesie presulum

                 domino germano - uirtutibus informati.  Expl. prol.

             Capitula.

             Raino S. Martini cotidianus discipulus et semper canonicus ac

                 postmodum sancte andegavensis eccl. ex initio christianitatis

                 uicesimus tercius humilis episcopus.  ob honorem omnip.

                 dei necnon et eiusdem S. Maurilii.  atque remissionem

                 peccaminum anime sue anno incarn. dominice adhuc in dc

                 cccv et ordinationis sui episcopatus in xxv hanc uitam

                 b. maurilii scribere ac requirere iussit.  Archanaletus S.

                 Martini discipulus et diaconus iussu prefati domni Rainonis

                 scripsit et requisiuit     .         .          .         .         .         .          .         .    59

             Text.  Igitur maurilius mediolanensis oppidi indigena       .         .         .     59

             Ends 69b: ad patriam eterne beatitudinis peruenire. auxiliante

                 d. n. I. C. qui cum p. et sp. s. ui. et gloriatur deus per om.

                 sec. sec.  Amen.

             f. 70 blank.

             Bonnet, Les livres des miracles de Greg. de Tours IV, 126.

  III.  7.  Paulini Nolani quaedam    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .     71

             Inclite confessor meritis et nomine felix (7 lines of the first 12

                 in Carm. xii).

             Annua uota mihi maneant simul annua lingue, Carm. xv.

             Lib. II (Carm. xvi) 73b.  Lib. III (Carm. xviii) 75b.

             Lib. IV (Carm. xxv) 78.  Lib. V  (Carm. xxiv) 88.

             Ends unfinished: Concharumque modis et pictis florida metis

             On the verso of 83, in another hand, is a beginning of a list

                 of books:

                  

                   (B)ibliotece due in tribus uoluminibus,

                   (I)tem Biblioteca una in tribus uoluminibus

                   (P)assionates tres (O)meliarum libri duo,

                   (D)ecretorum uel canonum libri quatuor.

 

    From the occurrence of lives of SS. Sergius and Bacchus, and S.

Maurilius, I am inclined to suspect that the book belonged to an English

priory dependent on the Abbey of SS. Sergius and Bacchus at Angers.

Supplementary information 

fols 1-10v, MSS in a similar hand to this are listed by T. A. M. Bishop in The Classical Review 69 (1955), 145.

See also Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 2 (1954-8), 326.

H. Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: a list of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100 (Tempe, 2001) no. 152.

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