The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark B.1.11
Manuscript Title

Glossed Gospels of St Matthew and St Mark

Alternative Title

Mattheus et Marcus Glosati.

James Number 10
Century 13th
Physical Description

Text 14-16 lines to a page, gloss 32 lines. In more than one hand. The first hand is round and fine, the later ones more pointed.


Perhaps given by Whitgift: no arms At the bottom of f.1b in red is: Liber Scē Marie de Bildewas.

Religious House Buildwas, Shropshire, Cistercian Abbey
Donor Whitgift, John (1530/31?–1604), Archbishop of Canterbury, Master of Trinity
Size (cm) 25 x 18
Folio 225 ff.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

a6 b8 c10 d8 e8 e*8 f6 (+1) | g8-p8 || i8 (1 flyleaf prefixed)-xii8 xiii2.

Manuscript Summary Glossed Gospels of St Matthew and St Mark dating from mid 12th century France. From the Cistercian Abbey of Buildwas in Shropshire, it may have been given to Trinity, along with other books from Buildwas, by Whitgift.
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I. Matthaeus glosatus.
f.1b Prol. Matheus ex iudea, red and blue initial
Gloss. Cum multi scripsisse.
f.3b Text. Liber generacionis, red and blue capitals
Gloss. Matheus apostolus cum primum predicasset.
It is the Glossa Communis, see B.1.10.
Ends on f.145b
Paragraphs follow.
Tria sunt que principes beatos efficiunt.
Many short notes, ending f.126b.
Et cum sudatur aurum purgatur.

II. f.127 On the fly-leaf
De decem apparicionibus Christi post resurrectionem. Prima maria uidet surgentis gaudia Christi.
9 lines: the last
Iam decimo cernunt celestia regna petentem.
f.127b is blank.
f.128 Prol. Marcus evangelista dei (red and blue capitals)
Gloss L. Marcus excelsus mandate.
R. Jer. Marcum pene intactum maiores nostri pretereunt.
Text begins on f.129b.
Ends f.225a.



Jackson, D., Morgan, N. and Panayatova, S. (eds.), Illuminated Manuscripts in Cambridge : A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges. Part 3, France, vol 1, c.1000-c.1250 (London, 2015), vol 1. no. 25.

Ker, N. R., Medieval Libraries of Great Britain, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks 3, 2nd edn (London, 1964), Buildwas.

Sheppard, J. M., The Buildwas Books: Book Production, Acquisition and Use at an English Cistercian Monastery, 1165-c.1400, Oxford Bibliographical Society Publications 3rd ser. 2 (Oxford, 1997), no. 45, pp. 231-7 + fig. 30.



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