France (perhaps the south), first half of 12th century.
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Homiliae in Evangelia, book I, homily 2, from the beginning to near the end of verse 2, a single leaf, single columns of 25 lines written in a good romanesque hand in dark brown ink, ruled with a hard point (written space double-lined at inner and outer margins), a few initials set out in margin, space for a larger initial left blank; a few later medieval notes and markings (including a bearded man’s head and a human profile); some light soiling, scuffing and staining, but in very good condition, preserving prickings in outer margin. 266 x 188 mm (202 x 137 mm)
From a well-written manuscript of Gregory the Great’s Homilies on the Gospels, preached most probably during the liturgical year 590–1 and published the following year.
Although written in a different hand, a bifolium now at Columbia University (Plimpton MS 062) appears to be from the same manuscript: the dimensions, number of lines and distinctive ruling scheme are identical. Part of the text of the bifolium has been scrubbed away and a short geometrical treatise written in its place in a fourteenth-century hand, indicating that (as a copy of Gregory’s Homilies) the manuscript had fallen out of use by that time. The Columbia bifolium was once in the collection of George A. Plimpton (1855–1936).
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A very large folio leaf from an Italian giant or ‘Atlantic’ Bible. This genre of romanesque Bible originated in Rome in the mid-eleventh century; the production and diffusion were no doubt due in part to the clerical reforms under Popes Leo IX and Gregory VII. In the early twelfth century manuscript production seems to have shifted somewhat from Rome and southern Umbria to Tuscany, whence the present leaf may originate.
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Manuscript letter, in Latin, from the Abbot of St. Aegidius, Nuremberg, complaining about the actions of the bishop of Bamberg; a single paper leaf written in a cursive script with much abbreviation, 55 lines; sometime folded, some light spotting, but in very good condition. (326 x 217 mm)
St. Aegidius fell under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the archbishopric of Bamberg, and the letter is a somewhat exasperated account of the archbishop’s efforts to extract taxation from the monastery (on account of its imperial ‘regalia’) and the abbot’s refusal to allow any such thing. Heinrich Groß von Trockau, Prince-Archbishop of Bamberg (1487–1501), ‘an energetic organizer [who] issued a number of laws’ (Catholic Encyclopedia), is the most likely candidate for the archbishop. The bishop’s magister curie, one ‘Dytz von Taugen’ is mentioned in the letter, as is one ‘Wolfgang Krel’.