DCL MS. C.III.20Gospels (fragment)
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Fragments of an 8th century Insular Gospels, apparently later reused as flyleaves, showing signs of damage by fire and water. Two leaves from the same original volume as DCL MS A.II.10, f.2-5 and 338-339, and DCL MS C.III.13, f.192-195.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2mrr171x265.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: 2 f.
Size: 354 mm x 221 mm

43 lines


Written in Insular Half-Uncial in the same hand as the other two fragments.


Sections marked with enlarged initials with yellow and red highlights.


The two pieces have been attached to a modern guard book.

Manuscript history

Written in Northumberland or Ireland, mid 8th century.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1-2
Modern title: Gospel of Mark (fragment)
Language: Latin

Text of Mark 4.24/5-6.6 (f.1) and Mark 8.39-10.17 (f.2)

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.III.20 - Gospels (8th century; fragments)
Digitised May 2016 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project


Haelewyck, J.-C., "Un Nouveau témoin vieux latin de Marc: Le MS. Durham Cathedral Library, A.II.10+C.III.13+C.III.20", Revue bénédictine 122 (2012) 5-12

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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