DCL MS. B.II.14St Augustine, Commentary on the Psalms, part 3
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

The second volume of a three volume copy of St Augustine's Ennarationes in Psalmos (a commentary on the book of Psalms covering Psalms 101-150) that was one of the group of books donated by William of St Calais, bishop of Durham (died 1096). The first volume has not been identified amongst surviving manuscripts, the second is now Durham Cathedral Manuscript B.II.13. It was created in Normandy towards the end of the 11th century.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1m05741r687.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: i+200+i f
Size: 330 mm x 230 mm


Modern pencil foliation, with attempt to indicate misbinding of second bifolium of gathering 7 after instead of before third (i.e. folios 56 and 57 and 60 and 61).

Secundo folio: tecum rogemus

A6,1-248,252 (i.e.6-8 cancelled)


Written in late Caroline Minuscule


Most Psalms are marked by a large initial.


Standard Tuckett binding, mid 19th century full brown calf over thick wooden boards with 2 metal clasps (Charles Tuckett, binder to the British Museum, rebound many Durham manuscripts in the mid 19th century)

Manuscript history

Written in Normandy, end of 11th century.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1r-6v
Modern title: Index
Original title: Tabula
Date: [late 14th - early 15th century]
Incipit: Abissus quid sit et quomodo vestunt terram in diluvo
Explicit: Explicit tabula super terciam quinquagenam et cetera cetera
Language: Latin

An alphabetical index to the contents of this volume, added about 300 years after the manuscript was written, on 6 inserted leaves (gathering A).

(b)     f.7r-200v
Modern title: St Augustine, Commentary on the Psalms
Original title: Enarrationes in Psalmos, 101-150
Author: St Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (354-430)
Date: [before 1096]
Incipit: Ecce unus pauper orat et non orat in silentio; licet ergo audire eum, et uidere quis nam sit
Explicit: Vos estis hec omnia, nichil hic uile, nichil transitorium, nihil lucidrum cogitetur. Et quia sapere secundum carnem mores est, Omnis spiritus laudet Dominum. Aurelii Augustini episcopi tractatus de psalmo centesimo quinquagesimo
Rubric: Aurelii Augustini egregii oratoris tractatus prior de Psalmo Centesimo Primo Incipit.
Language: Latin
Edited: Dekkers & Fraipont 1956
(c)     f.200v
Modern title: Dedicatory verse to Bishop William
Date: [before 1096]
Incipit: Hoc exegit opus Guuillelmus episcopus illo
Explicit: Ut labor ipse foret eius amore levis
Language: Latin

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. B.II.14 - St Augustine, Commentary on the Psalms (part 3, Psalms 101-150)


Catalogi veteres librorum Ecclesiae cathedralis Dunelm. Catalogues of the library of Durham cathedral, at various periods, from the conquest to the dissolution, including catalogues of the library of the abbey of Hulne, and of the mss.   OCLC citation, Surtees Society 7, (London: J.B. Nichols and Son, [1838]).

Browne, A. C., "Bishop William of St. Carilef's book donations to Durham Cathedral Priory", Scriptorium 42 (1988) 140-155

Dekkers, E. & Fraipont, J., edd., Aurelii Augustini opera   OCLC citation v.10, parts 1-3; CCSL 38-40 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1956)

Gameson, Richard, ed., Manuscript treasures of Durham Cathedral, Richard Gameson with contributions by A. I. Doyle, John McKinnell, David Rollason, and Lynda Rollason and with a foreword by the Dean of Durham (London: Third Millennium Publishing, 2010)

Gullick, Michael, "The scribe of the Carilef Bible: a new look at some late-eleventh-century Durham Cathedral manuscripts" in Brownrigg, L. L., ed., Medieval book production: assessing the evidence. Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500, Oxford, July 1988 (Los Altos Hills, Calif.: Anderson-Lovelace, 1990), 61-83

Mynors, R., Durham Cathedral manuscripts to the end of the twelfth century. Ten plates in colour and forty-seven in monochrome. With an introduction [including a list of all known Durham manuscripts before 1200]   OCLC citation, (Durham: 1939)

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