Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 383: Anglo-Saxon Laws
English, Old (ca. 450-1100), French, Middle (ca. 1400-1600), and Latin
ff. 9 + 62
[ca. 1125 - 1130]
Table of contents:
Laws of the Anglo-Saxons
CCCC MS 383 is a late eleventh- or early twelfth-century manuscript, possibly from St Paul's Cathedral in London. It contains a very early version of the Anglo-Saxon law codes as they were gathered together to form part of the textual tradition known as the Quadripartitus. Parker was no doubt fascinated by the presence of Anglo-Saxon material in this volume, which contains a number of texts unique to it, such as the Gerefa. The manuscript was, at some stage, in the hands of Robert Talbot, prebendary of Norwich (d. 1558) and contains notes in his hand as well as that of Parker's secretary, John Joscelyn (1529-1603). It has been much studied throughout its history; the sixteenth-century antiquarians' notes accompany glosses dating from the thirteenth century .