London, British Library, MS Cotton Vitellius A vi Gildas, De excidio Britanniae (imperfect)

  • Latin
  • s. xi (x?)
  • English manuscripts
  • parchment

Earliest manuscript containing a copy of the De excidio Britanniae by Gildas. It has suffered severe damage from the fire that destroyed the Cotton library in 1731.

Collection: Cotton manuscripts
Cotton Vitellius A vi
Welsh histories
Provenance and related aspects
s. xi (x?)
11th (or 10th?) century.
Origin, provenance
Provenance: Canterbury, St Augustine's abbey
Canterbury, St Augustine’s abbey
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Hands, scribes
Codicological information
The list below has been collated from the table of contents, if available on this page,Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations for individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.


Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[dig. img.] British Library: digitised manuscripts, Online: British Library. URL: <>.

Secondary sources (select)

James, Montague Rhodes, The ancient libraries of Canterbury and Dover: the catalogue of the libraries of Christ Church Priory and St. Augustine’s Abbey at Canterbury and of St. Martin’s Priory at Dover, Cambridge: University Press, 1903.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
lxx; 293 (Canterbury Library catalogue)
Gneuss, Helmut, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: a list of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241, Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001.
[id. 396.]
Dumville, David N., English Caroline script and monastic history: studies in Benedictinism, AD 950-1030, Studies in Anglo-Saxon History, 6, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1993.
Dennis Groenewegen
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