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Old English homilies, Written in the 11th century in England

MS. Junius 86
Held at the Weston Library

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Old English homilies, wrongly inscribed 'pars psalterii greci', now in two volumes (along with MS. Junius 85) but originally in one, beginning abruptly with the conclusion of a homily being the last eight lines of no. xlix in Napier's Wulfstan..


  • Creation: Written in the 11th century in England


53 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English, Old (ca.450-1100)


MS. Junius 86

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 5197

Custodial History

These two volumes (along with MS. Junius 85) were given (as MSS. Junius 25, 27) to Junius by Isaac Vossius, for proof of which see MS. Junius 45, fol. 9. Fol. 43v has a (? contemporary) note 'Teobaldus Ade de Richeborg', no doubt meaning Richborough in Kent, which is made likely by the linguistic characteristics of the text.


  • The charms at fol. 17 are printed in Cockayne's Leechdoms , i. 392-4; fols. 18-24 are in Thorpe's Homilies , ii. 98-108. On fols. 40, 57, 62 are versions of the homilies nos. 4, 16, 18 in Morris's Blickling Homilies , and on fol. 3 one corresponding in part to no. xiv in Assmann's Bibl. der angels. Prosa , vol. iii, but the rest appears to be unprinted.
  • Napier prints in Zeitschrift für deutsch. Alterthum , n.F., xix (1887), pp. 52-4, a fragment of an O.E. version of Boethius which in 1886 formed the last leaf of this manuscript, but which has since been lost.

Physical Facet

On parchment, binding, white vellum on boards, 17th-cent. English work


6 2/5 × 4 1/10 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom