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Fragment of Bede's commentary on the Song of Songs

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 835
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Fragment of Bede's commentary on the Song of Songs
Date(s): Early 12th century
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 bifolia
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Venerable Bede (672/3-735) was born and lived in Northumberland. For most of his life he was a monk at Monkwearmouth and Jarrow monastery, where he dedicated his time to prayer and writing. His most famous work is the 'Ecclesiastical history of the English people', which details Christianity in England from the beginning to Bede's own day.


Scope and content/abstract:

Fragment of a manuscript of Bede's Expositio in Cantica Canticorum, containing his commentary on the Song of Songs 1, 3-7, beginning '[Quae] tanto magis amori' and ending 'te qui in custodi[enda]' (see Patrologiae cursus completus...Series (Latina) Prima (ed) J.P. Migne, XCI, 1086-92). The document was probably written in the early 12th century, but includes a few marginal notes in a 14th century hand.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

See R. Watson, 'Descriptive list of fragments of medieval manuscripts in the University of London Library `(1976).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Miss D. Bains in 1973.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2002

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