DCL MS. B.IV.14Lives of saints
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Early 12th century collection of saints' lives.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1m2j62s500d.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: 237 f
Size: 270 mm x 175 mm


Parchment stub f.116

Secundo folio: probatur vixisse

18, 2-1210, 1312, 14-188, 198, 2010, 2112, 22-238, 2410, 2512.


Written space: 210 x 125 mm. 32 lines. (f.201-26 44 lines)


Hands in each of the six co-eval sections are found in other manuscripts made at this period.


initials in red, purple and sometimes green one with a clove curl.


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

Manuscript history

Inscription: “.L. Vita sancti gregorii Martini Nicholai dunstani et Augustini De communi monachorum dunelm”, start of 15th century, f.1r.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1-111
Original title: Vita S. Gregorii Magni
Author: John, the Deacon of Rome, approximately 824-approximately 882
Language: Latin
Cited: BHL 3641, 3642
(b)     f.122-122
Original title: Vita S. Martini
Author: Severus, Sulpicius
Language: Latin
Cited: BHL 5610
(c)     f.122-126v
Original title: Epistolae de S. Martino
Author: Severus, Sulpicius
Language: Latin

3 letters

Cited: BHL 5611, 5612, 5613
(d)     f.126v-149v
Original title: Dialogi de S. Martino
Author: Severus, Sulpicius
Language: Latin
Cited: BHL 5614, 5615, 5616
(e)     f.149v-151v
Original title: Narrationes de miraculis in obitu S. Martini et de prima translatione eiusdem
Author: Gregory, Bishop of Tours, Saint, 538-594
Language: Latin
Cited: BHL 5619, 5620, 5621, 5622, 5623
(f)     f.151v-167v
Original title: De miraculis S. Martini
Author: Gregory, Bishop of Tours, Saint, 538-594
Language: Latin
Cited: BHL 5618
(g)     f.167v-169
Original title: De quodam miraculo beati Martini quod contigit in festiuitate translationis eius
Author: Hugo, Turonensis
Language: Latin


Cited: BHL 5660
(h)     f.170-181
Original title: Vita S. Nicholai
Author: John, the Deacon of Rome, approximately 824-approximately 882
Language: Latin
Cited: BHL 6104, 6105,6106
(i)     f.181-189
Original title: Miracula S. Nicholai
Language: Latin
Cited: BHL 6150, 6151, 6152, 6153, 6154, 6160, 6161, 6164, 6167, 6172
(j)     f.190-200v
Original title: Translatio S. Nicholai Barium A.D. 1087, cum miraculis
Author: Johannes Barensis
Language: Latin

“Post beati Nicholai gloriosum ab hac vita” (incl. verses “Tempore quid miseris”, quoted Ordericus Vitalis, Historia Ecclesiastica 3,VII,ix

Cited: BHL 6104, 6105, 6106
(k)     f.200v
Original title: Versus de conversatione
Language: Latin

23 verses

(l)     f.201-218v
Original title: Acta et miracula S. Dunstani
Author: Osbern of Canterbury
Language: Latin

Cited: BHL 2344, 2345
(m)     f.219v-235
Original title: Vita S. Augustini
Author: Possidius, Saint, active 370-437
Language: Latin
Cited: BHL 785
(n)     f.235-236
Modern title: Table of works of St Augustine
Language: Latin
(o)     f.236-237r
Original title: De translatione S. Augustini
Incipit: “Beatus Augustinus dum Ypponiensi sepultus esset
Language: Latin
(p)     f.237r-237v
Original title: Epistola de translatione S. Jacobi in Hispaniam
Language: Latin

Attributed to Leo IX

Cited: BHL 4061

Microfilmed in 1985/86 by the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, St John's Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota. Copies held by them and Durham Cathedral Library.

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS B.IV.14 - Saints' lives
Due to the binding, there are many images throughout the volume (particularly in the first half) with marginalia and text not visible in the image because they are too far into the gutter. Sometimes the missing text is visible on the overlap on the preceding verso image. There are two f.107. The second has an asterisk on the recto and an asterisk (*) has been added to the foliator on the recto and verso. There is no f.200. Foliation goes f.199, f.201 etc. There is an additional image of the fore-edge in which clear plastic his been used to hold open a numbered tab. Digitised October 2018 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project.


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]).

Bibliotheca hagiographica Latina antiquae et medii aetatis   OCLC citation (Brussels, 1898-1901); Supplements (Brussels, 1911, 1986)

Mynors, R.A.B., 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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