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On the Northern Provenance of Cambridge, Trinity College MS R.7.5

Dale, J; (2021) On the Northern Provenance of Cambridge, Trinity College MS R.7.5. Northern History 10.1080/0078172X.2021.1993578. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Cambridge, Trinity College MS R.7.5 contains an early eleventh-century copy of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica, which was subject to significant correction in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries. As such it was produced and intensively used at the peak of the popularity of Bede’s historical text in medieval England, which Antonia Gransden and R.H.C. Davis long ago linked to the renewal of monasticism in the North in the long twelfth century. This essay explores how this manuscript, which has been accepted to be of northern provenance, fits into this wider context. It interrogates the evidence provided by additions to the manuscript and annotations of the text itself to argue that this copy of the Historia Ecclesiastica, which has hitherto not been linked to a specific religious house, was in the possession of the canons at Hexham from shortly after their re-formation as an Augustinian community in 1113 until the Dissolution. In doing so it demonstrates how, against the wider backdrop of the Historia Ecclesiastica as an inspiration for religious renewal in the North, the interests of the canons of Hexham in the text in the twelfth century were motivated by specific issues of jurisdiction.

Type: Article
Title: On the Northern Provenance of Cambridge, Trinity College MS R.7.5
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0078172X.2021.1993578
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0078172X.2021.1993578
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Bede; Hexham; Augustinians; historical writing; hagiography; liturgy; St Oswald of Northumbria; St Wilfrid; St Æthelthryth
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10142200
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