The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark O.8.20
Manuscript Title

Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend

Alternative Title

Legenda Aurea

James Number 1395
Century 14th
Physical Description

Double columns of 33 lines. Very well written.


Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. Marked E. 13. No. 250.

On a flyleaf at the beginning is an inscription of cent. xv carefully erased liber ex dono venerabilis magistri johannis hamworth.

At the bottom of f.1 a hand of cent. xvii, xviii has written "Memoriale Fratris Joannis de Dryton." This is a mistake for which an inscription in the University Library MS. Gg. 2. 18 is responsible. It also is a Golden Legend, and the name of the monk or friar who gave it to his monastery has been mistaken for the title by Tanner and others. It is fortunately possible to point to the remaining portion of this MS. It is in the University Library Ee. 6. 31. The inscription identical with that in this volume is: Liber domus sancti Edmundi ex dono venerabilis magistri Johannis hamworth.

The house to which both books belonged was, I believe, St Edmund's at Cambridge, a small Gilbertine establishment situated where Addenbrooke's Hospital now stands.

Second Folio resurreccio or so matris
Religious House Cambridge, Gilbertine Priory
Donor Gale, Roger (1672-1744), Antiquary
Size (cm) 20 x 14
Folio 353 ff. + flyleaves.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

14 212 etc. the last a quire of 14 wanting 14: elevenflyleaves.

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Legenda Aurea Jacobi Januensis.
f.1 Table of Chapters
De resurreccione domini
Resurreccio Christi tercio die.
It is thus only the second half of the Legenda, beginning at Easter and ending with the chapter
De quadam uirgine antiochie, f.351.
-Illi enim certauerunt hominibus, Iste deo. Hec Ambrosius, f.353.
The verso has unimportant scribbles.


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

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