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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 190: Penitential.

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Title:
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 190: Penitential.
Alternate Title:
Poenitentiale, etc. (Lat.-Sax.)
Language:
Latin and English, Old (ca. 450-1100)
Extent:
ff. 2 + 4 + 212 + 2
Approximate Date:
[ca. 1000 - 1099]
Collection:
Parker Manuscripts
Description:
CCCC MS 190 is a very complex and interesting volume, with multiple layers of additions and alterations. It was made over the course of the eleventh century, with at least some parts written at Exeter, where it has later provenance. At its core is a version of the collection known as "Archbishop Wulfstan's Handbook", a miscellany on largely ecclesiastical matters which seems to have been compiled by Wulfstan (d. 1023), archbishop of York, for use in his composition of law codes and homilies. This occupies most of pp. 1-294, and has a contemporary contents list which does not, however, correspond precisely to the volume's actual contents. It is in Latin, and has a number of interesting additions like a text assigning penances to those who had fought at the Battle of Hastings (1066). The second part of the book has many Old English texts, including translations of some of the material which is found in the first part, and more ecclesiastical material of a similar nature, such as law codes. The manuscript was valued by Parker for its insights into the Anglo-Saxon church.