Passionary. Italy, 12th century [manuscript] [Passionary] [Very Good]
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Most of a leaf (some parts of the blank margins are cropped), c.440×235mm; ruled in plummet for 2 columns of 32 lines, written in a fine Romanesque bookhand, with fusing of pp but not other letters, marked for reading aloud ( césaris , delicátum , réfici , etc.); the text comprising part of two readings for St Paul: the end of Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina no. 6659 (which usually begins Dehinc elapsis a passione sanctorum apostolorum … ) and the beginning of BHL 6570: the rubric is now abraded, but probably reads Passio sancti Pauli ; the text opens C[um venissen]t Romam Lucas a Galatia Titus a Dalmatia … , and ends on the verso at … et ibant letantes & gaudentes . Provenance: Sotheby s, 7 December 2010, part of lot 3. Readings (or lections/lessons) in the Divine Office were of three types: biblical, patristic, and hagiographical. In the 12th century the hagiographic texts were typically contained in a separate volume such as the one from which this leaf comes (technically, collections of saints legends were written in Legendaries, and martyrs in Passionaries); the contents would be written in the order of the liturgical feast-days on which they were read. The folded-up part of the lower margin of the current leaf has a quire signature .I. , showing that this wasthe last leaf of the first quire of the parent volume; the text therefore probably refers to the feast of the Conversion of St Paul on 25 January, rather than his more common feast (with St. Peter) much later in the year on 29 June.
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