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Library Place London
Library Name British Library
Shelfmark MS Royal 8.B.XIV
Folio Range 4th C.U. (fols 118-144)
Date XI in.
  • Brittany (?)
  • Northern Francia (?)
  • Saint-Josse-sur-Mer (?)
  • England (Winchester?) (s. XI ex.)
  • Collection of John Lumley (d. 1609).

Acephalous collection of Vitae, homilies and liturgical materials pertaining to Saint Judoc. Some materials were added in England in the late 11th century.

  • Isembard of Fleury, Vita secunda sancti Iudoci and Inventio sancti Iudoci (acephalous) (118r-121v)
  • Isembard of Fleury, Sermo de sancto Iudoco (120r-121v)
  • Isembard of Fleury, Miracula sancti Iudoci (121v-129v)
  • Homily on Saint Judoc, based on Alcuin's Vita sancti Vedasti (129v-131v)
  • Sermon by Lupus of Ferrières for a feast of Saint Judoc (131v-133v)
  • Masses for the inventio and translatio of Saint Judoc (134r-135v)
  • Two hymns for Saint Judoc (136v)
  • Prayer to Saint Judoc (136v)
  • Metrical Vita sancti Iudoci (added in late 11th-century England) (137v-144v).
Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

A possible Breton origin is proposed in ASM 387 (§474.5, with exhaustive bibliography), but Saint-Josse is also suggested there as an alternative place of writing. In view of the prominent Breton connections of Saint-Josse-sur-Mer, involving Saint Judoc specifically (cf. e.g. Lapidge 2000: 255–61; Brett 2017: 91–2; for the monks from Landévennec who settled at nearby Montreuil-sur-Mer after the Viking attack of AD 913, see Le Bourdellès 1995; Lebecq 2015b), the latter possibility seems just as plausible as the former, if not more plausible. The description of the manuscript's contents given in the present Handlist is based on Lapidge 2000: 264–5; however, it should be noted that Poulin considers fols 137v–144v—which contain the metrical Vita sancti Iudoci—as an altogether distinct codicological unit produced in late eleventh-century England, probably at Winchester (Poulin 2009: 103, 113, 115)

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

ASM 387 (§474.5); Lapidge 2000: 255–61, 264–5; Lebecq 2015b: 167–8; Poulin 2009: 102–3, 113, 115.

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