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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 265: Wulfstan's Handbook and other ecclesiastical extracts.

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Title:
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 265: Wulfstan's Handbook and other ecclesiastical extracts.
Alternate Title:
Penitentiale, Leges, Canones, etc.
Language:
Latin and English, Old (ca. 450-1100)
Extent:
ff. 217 + 54 + 2
Approximate Date:
[ca. 1000 - 1099]
Collection:
Parker Manuscripts
Description:
This manuscript is a miscellany from Worcester containing extracts from a very large number of texts, mostly relating to ecclesiastical observance and penance. Pp. 1-268 constitute a version of "Wulfstan's Handbook", a compilation made for the use of a confessor, and include an Old English form of confession. This compilation is associated with Wulfstan the homilist (d. 1023), bishop of Worcester and archbishop of York, advisor and legislator for both Æthelred the Unready and Cnut. The bulk of the manuscript is eleventh-century, but it was added to into the twelfth century and beyond. It also contains a twelfth-century copy of Hugh of Fleury OSB (d. 1128/35), Historia ecclesiastica siue Chronicon, here given the attribution to Ivo which is usual in its manuscript transmission. Pp. 551-4, the end flyleaves, are taken from a grand thirteenth-century Pontifical written in high-grade textualis.