The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: B.14.37
  • Manuscript Title: Benedicti Petriburgensis Miracula S. Thomae.
  • Alternative Title:   Benedict of Peterborough, Miracles of St Thomas
  • James Number: 321  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xii, xiii.
  • Physical Description: 23 lines to a page. Finely written. One fine initial.
  • Provenance: From St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury. On f.1, in the usual librarian’s hand is: Miracula Sci Thome martiris cum A. ̶L̶i̶b̶̶e̶r ̶S̶a̶n̶c̶t̶i ̶A̶u̶g̶u̶s̶t̶i̶n̶i Cant.

    Given by Whitgift.

  • Religious House:   Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine Abbey (St Augustine's)
  • Donor: Whitgift, John (1530/31?–1604), archbishop of Canterbury, master of Trinity
  • Size (cm): 18.5 x 14
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Latin
  • Century: Multiple; 12th century; 13th century
  • Folio: 194 ff.
  • Collation: Collation : a10 (wants 10 blank) || 110-1810 194 (+ 1*).
  • Second Folio:    (in libro) frumenti
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  • f.1b Inc. Capitula libri primi (xxiv). 1. Vysio prima et secunda. ii .
    secundi (lxxvii). 1. De samsone muto.
    f.ivb tertii (lxxix). 1. De candela super martiris
    tumbam diuinitus accensa
    f.quarti (c.). 1. Quod non sit facile scriptori omnia martiris magnalia scribere
    f.viiib (quinti) (vii). 1. De homine terra undique obruto . nec tamen mortuo
    f.ix is blank.
    See Hardy, ii. 341, 359.
    f.1 Incipiunt miracula b. Thome martiris
    Postquam igitur beatissimus Christi martyr thomas requieuit.
    With a splendid initial P, the length of the page: in the style of those in the gloss on the Gospels (B. 5). Gold, blue, vermilion, white.
    f.24 Liber ii
    f.67b Liber iii
    f.106b Liber iv
    f.167 Liber v. The hand changes here
    f.168b Salerna (a maiden) falls into well at Ifield.
    Ends f.181: ex deuoto deuotior effectus ad martiris memoriam ipsius non immemor est reuersus.
    There is a rust-mark in the middle of the last leaves.
    The text is printed in Robertson's Memorials of Thomas Becket (Rolls Series), Vol. ii. The order of cc. vi, vii, in Book V, is inverted in the Trinity MS.
  • Barker-Benfield, B. C., ed., St Augustine's, Canterbury, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 13, 3 vols, (London, 2008), 3 vols., pp. 59, 60, 1888, 2030

    Dodwell, C. R., The Canterbury School of Illumination 1066-1200 (Cambridge, 1954), p. 123 [dates 1170-1200 and attributes to St Augustine's]

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


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