Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Die Angelsachsischen Handschriften in Den Pariser Bilbliotheken Mit Einer Edition Von AElfries Kirchweihehomilie Aus der Handschrift Paris

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Die Angelsachsischen Handschriften in Den Pariser Bilbliotheken Mit Einer Edition Von AElfries Kirchweihehomilie Aus der Handschrift Paris

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Birgit Ebersperger, Die angelseichsischen Handschriften in den Pariser Bibliotheken mit einer Edition von Efrics Kirchweihehomilie aus der Handschrift Paris, BN lat. 943, Anglistische Forschungen 261 (Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag C. Winter, 1999). xii + 314 pp. ISBN 3-82 53-08 14-6. DM 88.00.

This 1996 Munich dissertation gives good catalogue descriptions of twentynine manuscripts copied in Anglo-Saxon England and now in Paris, under the headings 'Date', 'Origin', 'Script', 'Contents', 'Decoration', and `Bibliography'. It includes collations of the two leaves from a copy of Elfric's Grammar (now BN, MS anglais 67), a transcript of the calendar fragment and obits (May to August) in BN, MS lat. 10062, and the edition and German translation of the Old English homily for a church dedication from BN, MS lat. 943. (The text is found in three surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.)

Appendices briefly record six early Irish or perhaps Northumbrian manuscript fragments, thirteen early volumes from Echternach in insular scripts, four volumes from Fleury with some insular features, and sixteen volumes wrongly described as Anglo-Saxon, two of which contain Old English glosses.

Several of the manuscripts discussed here were included in Ker's Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon and Avril and Stirnemann's Manuscrits enluminds d'origine insulaire. But they cannot be called a coherent group. There are four Gospel Books, four volumes of saints' lives, three copies of the gine inso/aire. Butio Philosophiae, they cannot be called and two copies each group. There Isidore's Etymologiae, and Gregory's Regina pastoralis. Dr Gospel Books, four volumes of saints' lives, three copies of the good accounts of codicology and full copies each of the texts contained in each Isidore's Eomologiae, and Gregory's Regula pt with excellent bibliographies, but she does not always identify texts (the accounts of co Boethius and full listing of the textual families of Gospel contained in eachapters) and manuscript with excellent bibliographies, but she does not attempt to transcribe probationer pennae. …

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