Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum. IE TCD MS 492 Public Deposited

Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum. IE TCD MS 492

Alternative title
  • Beda, etc.
  • About the progress of Christianity in England
  • Bede’s death song
  • Epistola De Obitu Bedae
  • Notationes De Sanctis Qui In Anglia Requiescunt
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 492 ; former shelfmarks: E.2.23; 230; B.3; B.2.4
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Date Created
  • between approximately 1130-1169
Physical extent
  • 180 folios
  • 286mm x 188mm
  • IE TCD MS 492 is a copy of the Venerable Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (folios 1-175v), which relates the history of English Christianity. Also present are Cuthberth’s Epistola De Obitu Bedae (Bede’s death song, folios 175v-177); a tract about the progress of Christianity in England (folios 177-178v); and Notationes De Sanctis Qui In Anglia Requiescunt (folios 178v-180). Dates from around 1130-1169. Written in Latin and Middle English. Script is in a single hand. Decoration: decoration and ornaments are present in gold and colours; a green or blue or yellow letter sometimes begins an otherwise red incipit or explicit. Initial on 1 is in colours on coloured and gold ground, with monster and leafy vine in colours: the winged serpent has canine head at each end, and upper head projects tongue. Other initials blue or red or green or yellow; initial on 4 is blue and green with red, green, and blue ornament; initial on 36 is blue with green, red, and blue ornament; initials on 104v and 175v have green ornament; red initial on 145 has green, blue, and yellow ornament: the ornament in each case is arabesque. Opening words of certain books in (1) are green and red, or green and yellow. Please see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entry for the manuscript here:
  • Binding executed for the College around 1830 in blind-tooled leather.
  • For IE TCD MS 492 see T.D. Hardy, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Materials Relating to the History of Great Britain and Ireland to the End of the Reign of Henry VII', Rolls Series, (London, 1862-1871), 3 volumes, in 4, 1:441; P. Grosjean in 'Analecta Bollandiana' 46 (1928) 97-98; E. van Kirk Dobbie in 'Columbia University Studies in English and Comparative Literature' 128 (1937) 8, 77-78; M.L.W. Laistner and H.H. King, 'Hand-List of Bede Manuscripts', (Ithaca, New York, 1943), 96; N.R. Ker, 'Medieval Libraries of Great Britain', second edition, Royal Historical Society, (London, 1964), 19 and his 'Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon' 143-144; Colgrave and Mynors o.c. lviii; R.M. Thomson in 'Speculum' 47 (1972) 642 with n.159; McLachlan o.c. 262, 304, 319-320; M60 in J. Roberts and A.G. Watson, 'John Dee's Library Catalogue', (London, 1990) 117, 245; P.J. Lucas et al., 'Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile', volume 5: 'Latin Manuscripts with Anglo-Saxon Glosses', (Tempe, Arizona, 1997), 24-27; 'Medioevo latino' 21 (2000) no. 11976; Mark Faulkner, 'Trinity College, MS 492: A New Witness to the Old English Bede and its Twelfth-Century Context', Anglia: Zeitschrift fur Englische Philologie, 135, (2), 2017, p. 274-290.
Finding aid
Resource type
  • ink
  • parchment (animal material)
  • leather
  • English
Digital Object Id
  • MS492_001
  • 0135629


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