The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark B.3.12
Manuscript Title

Glossed Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Chronicles

Alternative Title

Libri Iosue, Iudicum, Ruth, Paralipomenon Glosati.

James Number 91
Century 13th
Physical Description

Double columns of text and gloss, text 24 lines to a full column. Initials of exceedingly similar type to those of B.3.11, decorative, and of excellent style. Some have been cut out.


Whitgift, John From Christ Church, Canterbury. On f.1b is an early list of contents without heading or class-mark. At the top of f.2 is the mark ·an·. It might be either Becket's or Bosham's copy, see Edwards, pp. 182, 185. The Libri Regum mentioned in both these, possibly by mistake: no other entry suits. Ingram no. 36. Iosue glosatus. 2 fo. (incepcio libri) Et factum est post.

Second Folio Et factum est
Religious House Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine Cathedral Priory (Christ Church)
Donor Whitgift, John (1530/31?–1604), Archbishop of Canterbury, Master of Trinity
Size (cm) 32.5 x 24
Folio 180 ff.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

12 (wants 1) a8-f8 (wants 5) g8-w8 x6? (3, 4 canc. ?).

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f.2 Capitula to Joshua beginning
Promisit dominus iosue dicens.
Ending. Item congregatis cum pacto attestationis alloquitur iosue.
f.2 Gloss. Defunctus est moyses ·I ·lex
f.3 Iosue Glosatus. Text
Initial cut out.
f.46 Iudicum liber. First leaf cut out
f.85b Ruth. Fine initial, medallions, monkey blowing horn, lion, red man with fiddle
f.91b 1. Paralipomenon. Fine initial
f.131 2. Paral. " "
f.178b Oratio Manasse, no title, but a small initial
Gloss ends: humana creatura et angelica famulantur.
Amen (f.180a).
f.180b is blank.


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. 28.

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

Dodwell, C. R., The Canterbury School of Illumination 1066-1200 (Cambridge, 1954), p. 107, pl. 65c

Robinson, P., Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Cambridge Libraries, 2 vols. (Cambridge, 1988), no. 325, pl. 75 [datable between 1164 and 1194? Written in France, probably Paris]

de Hamel, C., Glossed Books of the Bible and the Origins of the Paris Booktrade (Woodbridge, 1984), pp. 41, 43 [given by Thomas Becket to Christ Church, Canterbury]

James, M. R., The Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover (Cambridge, 1903), p. 510

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