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Two poems by Aldhelm, written early in the 11th century in England

MS. Bodl. 577
Held at the Weston Library

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Two poems by Aldhelm:

  1. (fol. 1) 'Incipit liber Aldhelmi episcopi de Virginitate': at end 'Explicit libellus Aldhelmi episcopi de laude sanctorum Patrum atque Virginum ...'
  2. (fol. 64) 'Incipit liber eiusdem de Octo Vitiis': at end 'Explicit liber Aldhelmi de Octo Vitiis.'

There are some slightly later Latin glosses, interspersed with a very few English ones (sambuca . speglhorn, fol. 11v, ingluviem . frecnesse, fol. 65v): the whole volume appears to have been written in the Continental hand in England, glosses and all.

Each side of fol. ii, which is a separate leaf, bears an outlined picture with slight red, green and gold colouring, the recto depicting St. Aldhelm seated with a reading desk and book beside him, the verso the saint presenting his book to some women. Red is freely used for capitals and rubrics.

[Dated hitherto among the palaeographical exhibits as '10th century': my own dating would be 'latter half of the 10th century?' E.W.B.N.]


  • Creation: written early in the 11th century in England


77 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Bodl. 577

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. V, no. 27645.

Custodial History

'Verus possessor meus est Guilielmus Seller': 'Thys hys Wylliam Ryffe hys boke' (both 16th cent.): there is other late writing.

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated, see below

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom