DCL MS. A.II.17Durham Gospels
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Two fragments of Insular Latin Gospels produced at the end of the 7th or early 8th century, one now containing the partial text of the four Gospels written at Lindisfarne, the other a smaller part of Luke written at Wearmouth-Jarrow

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2mmp48sc76z.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: 108+9 f.
Size: 340 mm x 260 mm
Size: 305 mm x 240 mm


f.2-38,38*,382, 383,384,39-70, 70*,71-75,75*,76-80,80*,81-102; 103-11


Durham Gospels: written in Insular half-Uncial

Uncial leaves: written in Uncial


Rebound 1975/6 by Roger Powell. Oak boards with alum tawed pigskin spine

Manuscript history

Durham Gospels: written in England, Lindisfarne, late 7th/early 8th century.

Uncial leaves: written in England, Wearmouth-Jarrow, late 7th/early 8th century.

Manuscript contents
SECTION: (A)     f.2-102
Modern title: Durham Gospels
Date: [late 7th / early 8th century]
Language: Latin

The surviving parts of an early Gospel book, probably originally as impressive as the Lindisfarne Gospels. Most of John, a small part of Matthew, most of Mark and Luke ending imperfectly.

SECTION: (B)     f.103-111
Modern title: Uncial leaves
Date: [late 7th / early 8th century]
Language: Latin

Fragment of a Gospel book containing two chapters of Luke, with close scribal links to the Codex Amiatinus. The remains of one gathering of leaves, slightly smaller in page size than the Durham Gospels.

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. A.II.17 - the Durham Gospels
Digitised May 2016 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]).

Verey, C. D., Brown, T. J., Powell, R., The Durham Gospels: together with fragments of a gospel book in uncial Durham, Cathedral Library, MS A. II. 17   OCLC citation Early English manuscripts in facsimile, v.20 (Copenhagen: Rosenkilde and Bagger, 1980)

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Gneuss, Helmut and Lapidge, Michael, Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: a bibliographical handlist of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100   OCLC citation (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014)

Mynors, 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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