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Library Place London
Library Name British Library
Shelfmark MS Add. 40000
Folio Range 4r-9v, 13r-87v
Date X in.
  • Brittany (?)
  • Loire Valley (?)
  • South-Western Francia (?)

Abbey of Thorney (Cambridgeshire)

  • Decorated canon tables (4v-9v)
  • Gospel of Matthew (13r-32v)
  • Gospel of Mark, preceded by capitula and preface (32v-45v)
  • Gospel of Luke, preceded by capitula and preface (45v-69v)
  • Gospel of John (incomplete), preceded by capitula and preface (69v-87v).
Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

The Liber Vitae and several other entries added at fols 1r-4r, 9v-11r, 12r, 30r (on which see Clark 1995), as well as the presence of substantial Old English additions (glosses and inscriptions, cf. Ker 1957: 163), prove that this MS had reached England by the early eleventh century, and Thorney Abbey by c. AD 1100. The origin of this Gospel-book, however, is much less clear, and scholarly opinions vary. A Breton origin seems possible (especially on the basis of the decoration of its canon tables) but cannot yet be confirmed (cf. Gameson 2012b: 348–9, 'its precise place of origin (Brittany or western Francia) is debated').

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog n/a
Essential bibliography

ASM 224–5 (§295); British Library Digitised Manuscripts; Clark 1995; EBGB 13 (n. 1); Fleuriot 1983: 104; Gameson 2012b: 348–9; ILLB In13; Ker 1957: 163 (§131); Lapidge 1992: 100, n. 24; Lemoine 2004: 156; Lemoine 2005: 16–19; Lemoine 2008: 197–8; McGurk 1987: 165–6, n. 2; PMSB 300 (§40); Simpson (McKee) 2012: 348–9; The Calendar and the Cloister.

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