DCL MS. C.IV.10Commentary on Boethius; etc.
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Commentary on Boethius' De consolatione Philosophiae, with some other short works written in England in the early 12th century

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1mqf85nb338.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: i+103+i f
Size: 193 mm x 117 mm


Modern pencil foliation.

Secundo folio: Non debet uidere

Flyleaves (f.1-2), I-IX8, X12, XI8, XII6, XIII2, endleaf.


Written in late Caroline minuscule transtioning to proto-Gothic, f.1 by a different scribe.

Corrections and annotation

Extensive marginal annotations in a 17th century hand.


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). Stains from the turn-overs of older binding faintly visible on f.1r; also four rust holes from metalwork of former clasp fitting.

Manuscript history

Written in England, early 12th century.


Top of f.1 cropped away, possibly to remove ownership marks.

14th/15th century contents list, f.1r, registering (c), (d) and (f)-(h).

Durham library marks. f.1r, “.F.”, later 14th century; f.3r, “F”, 14th/15th century

Edicciones super primum librum boicij de consolatione philosophie , early 15th century.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.2r
Modern title: Notes on Roman military vocabulary
Incipit: Patres conscripti apellabantur
Explicit: ab agendo uocatum in eundo
Language: Latin
(b)     f.2r-2v
Original title: De Gemmis
Author: Marbode, Bishop of Rennes, 1035?-1123
Incipit: Cives celestis patrie regi regum concinite
Explicit: Inter sanctorum agmina canamus tibi cantica. Amen
Language: Latin
(c)     f.3r-5r
Modern title: Commentary on Athanasian Creed
Incipit: Quomodo diffinitur fides secundum intellectum
Explicit: saluus esse non poterit
Language: Latin

In the form of a dialogue

(d)     f.5r-13r
Modern title: Commentary on Prudentius, Psychomachia
Incipit: Prudentius tria habuisse nomina dicitur
Explicit: texta feri abirent corpus subcatenato tegmine
Rubric: Explanatio super Prudentium Sichomachie
Language: Latin

Cited: Bloomfield, 4317
(e)     f.13r-22r
Modern title: Another commentary on Prudentius, Psychomachia
Incipit: P[rudentius] hispanus fuit
Explicit: mirabilibus moribus Aeternum id est eternaliter
Rubric: Alia exposition super prudentium
Language: Latin
(f)     f.22r
Modern title: Notes on Sibylline Prophecy
Incipit: Signum .i.i. discretionis hominum erit istud quod tellus
Explicit: ut cum eo resurgant, quos discernet ab aliis mortuis
Rubric: Versus Sibille de aduentu domini
Language: Latin
(g)     f.22r-23v
Modern title: Commentary on Sedulius
Author: Remigius, of Auxerre, approximately 841-908
Incipit: Sedulius primo laicus fuit seculari sapiencia editus
Explicit: sed poeta maluit corrumpere regulam quam minuere trinitatem
Rubric: Expositio super Sedulium
Language: Latin
(h)     f.
Modern title: Commentary on Boethius, De consolatione philosophie
Incipit: Carmina quiquondam studio peregi, Anicii Manlii Seuerini Exconsulis Boecii patricii Ordinarii
Explicit: quia et ipse est omnium spectator et etiam iudicator
Rubric: Incipiunt editiones super primum librum boetii de consolation philosophie
Language: Latin
Cited: Bloomfield, 4317

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

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. C.IV.10 - Commentary on Boethius, etc.
Digitised September 2016 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project


Bloomfield, Morton W., Guyot, Bertrand-Georges, Howard, Donald R. and Kabealo, Thyra B., Incipits of Latin works on the virtues and vices, 1100-1500 A.D. Including a section of incipits of works on the Pater noster   OCLC citation (Cambridge, Mass.: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1979)

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]).

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