Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 431 (V.5.1)
Title: Regvlae Pastoralis Liber
Associated Websites: Images and caption from English Language manuscripts course material web page.
Date of Creation: Between 898 and 1099
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: S. Gregorii (Magni), Papae I., Regvlae Pastoralis Liber.
S. Gregory the Great's Pastoral Rule:
Begins fol 1, recto (formerly 1, 2 recto) lines 1-3: INCIPIVNT REGVLe paSTORaLeS GREGORII pApe VRBIS | ROMe . SCRIpTae ad IohaNNeM epIScopVM RauENNE URBIS . [rubric] | P [green initial] astoralis cure me pondera fugere delitiscen = Migne, 77. 13.
Ends fol 158 (formerly 20, 8 recto) lines 11-13: meriti MANuS LEVET [because] | ExpliciuNT ReGule paSTORalES BeaTI GReGORII papE | uRBIS ROME . SCRIpTe aD IohaNNEM epISCOPuM uRBIS RauENNE [because] = Migne, 77. 128.
Remarks: On i, 8 verso in Dr. Wm. Hunter's hand: Regulæ pastorales beati Gregorii Pape urbis | Rome; scriptæ ad Johannem Episcopum urbis Ravennæ.
On fol 158 (formerly 20, 8) verso a contemporary hand has filled the nineteen ruled lines with an extract from some commentary on the beginning of St. Matthew's Gospel (ii. 19-21), beginning: D [green initial] Efuncto herode: ecce apparuit angelus domini in somnis ioseph dicens. Surge and ending: suo . timuit illo ire . Et admonitus in sonnis: secessit in partes.
[Formerly R.6.13; R.6.72].
In 1623 this volume was in the Library of Worcester Cathedral. It was item Y.37 or Y.38 in the Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum bibliothecae Wigorniensis, made in 1622-1623 by Patrick Young, Librarian to King James I. The book had gone from Worcester before 1697. See Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum bibliothecae Wigorniensis... Edited with introduction by Ivor Atkins and Neil R. Ker, pp. 19, 34 and 63.
Rebound, January 1953 by D. Cockerell & Son: Cloth sides, red niger morocco spine; lettered "Gregorii Regulae Pastorales MS."
Gregory the Great. Liber regulae pastoralis. Glasgow University, Hunterian Library, MS. 431 (V.5.1) Parchment. 158 ff., 255 x 185 mm. Worcester, s. xi1-xii1. One of a small group (less than two dozen) of surviving English manuscripts of the Fathers written in pre-Conquest Caroline minuscule. This text of the Pastoral Care is of particular interest in that the first 102 folios appear to have been 'copied by three scribes in the early 11th century from an exemplar in Welsh minuscule or, less probably, Irish minuscule, which they could not read correctly' (Ker). They extend certain abbreviations wrongly and preserve abbreviations which they did not understand. In the 12th century the book was carefully corrected and fifty-six new leaves added. The book does not contain a Worcester ex libris, but it has marginalia in the 'tremulous' Worcester hand - the hand of a late 12th- or early 13th-century monk whose glosses have enabled the Worcester provenance of many manuscripts to be established. The book seems to have been removed from Worcester between 1623 and 1697. The Catalogues of Thomas Osborne indicate that the manuscript was in his collection in 1768 and most likely sold to Hunter in this same year (along with MS Hunter 231 et al.) (see N R Ker, p. 18) References. Young & Aitken, pp. 354-5. J. Atkins & N.R. Ker, Catalogus librorum bibliothecae Wigorniensis, Cambridge, 1944, pp. 19, 34, 63. N.R. Ker, English manuscripts in the century after the Norman Conquest, Oxford, 1960, pp. 8, 52-3. (Dublin catalogue, 1964.)
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 10 1/8 x 7½, ff. 158, written in different hands, in single cols. of 14 lines (quires 1-13) and of 19 lines (quires 14-20), each 6¼ x 4 7/8, margined and ruled with bodkin, no signatures, catchwords, or foliation, coloured initials, red and green, rubric (first page), few marginalia, vellum unequal and defective, slightly worm-holed at the beginning, otherwise well preserved, fol. sec. incipiunt. Cent. X.-XI.
Binding: Millboards, quarter bound (modern) calf and marbled-paper sides, title (gilt) on crimson morocco shield (modern): GREGORII | REGULAE | PASTORALES. Cent. XVII.-XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 354.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: Kathryn A. Lowe 'Worcester and Wales: copies of the Regula Pastoralis in the early Middle Ages' in ed. Erik Kwakkel: Vernacular manuscript culture 1000-1500 (Leiden: University Press, 2018) pp. 25-48 and 241-244; Collier, Wendy. 'A Thirteenth Century User of Ango-Saxon Manuscripts.' Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester (1997) vol 79, issue 3 pp. 149-165; Migne, Jacques Paul. Patrologiae Cursus Completus, Series Latina; National Library of Scotland, Treasures of Scottish libraries: catalogue (Edinburgh, 1961), i, 8; Treasures from Scottish libraries: catalogue of an exhibition held in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin (Edinburgh, 1964), no. 6; Worcester Cathedral, Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum bibliothecae Wigorniensis..., edited with introduction by Ivor Atkins and Neil R. Ker (Cambridge, 1944), pp. 19, 34 and 63; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 354-355.
Exhibitions: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'Treasures of Scottish Libraries', National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961; 'Treasures from Scottish libraries', Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1964.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Gregory I Pope c.540-604
The Great
exhibition: Treasures from Scottish Libraries 1964
Exhibition, Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1964.
exhibition: Treasures of Scottish Libraries 1961
Exhibition, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961.
provenance: Thomas Osborne d 1767
Bookseller. His father, also called Thomas and a bookseller, died in 1744.
provenance: Worcester Cathedral 680-
Founded in 680 and dedicated to St Peter. Superseded in 10th century by Benedictine monastery with church dedicated to St Mary. Current cathedral building begun in 11th century. …
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