Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 069: Gregory the Great, Homiliae XL in euangelia
300 mm Height, 215 mm Width, and 12 x 8.7 in Dimensions
[ca. 700 CE - 899 CE] viii-ix
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Homiliae XL in euangelia
CCCC MS 69, containing Gregory the Great's Forty Homilies on the Gospels, was written in Insular Hybrid minuscule and decorated in typical Insular fashion with red dots, interlace, and occasional animal heads. It was probably made in England south of the Humber, dating to the early part of the early ninth century, and is as such a relatively late product of the Insular book-producing tradition in England, which was to be greatly disrupted by Viking attacks of the middle of the ninth century. The text was used by Étaix in his edition of the work, although he denigrated it as containing terrible readings and fantastic spellings; but its place of origin and early date seemed to him too significant for the manuscript to be ignored.