London, British Library, MS Cotton Vitellius E xviii Vitellius Psalter

  • Latin, Old English
  • s. xi3/4
  • distinct manuscript
  • English manuscripts
  • parchment

Gallican Psalter with interlinear Old English gloss.

Cotton Vitellius E xviii
Vitellius Psalter
Provenance and related aspects
Latin, Old English
s. xi3/4
c. 1060.
Origin, provenance
Provenance: EnglandEngland
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Winchester, New MinsterWinchester, New Minster
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Winchester CathedralWinchester Cathedral
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Either New Minster or the cathedral church of St Peter, St Paul, and St Swithun.
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
distinct manuscript
21 cm × 13 cm
Approximately 21 x 13 cm.
Badly burnt in the Cottonian fire of 1731.
Palaeographical information
Category: Protogothic
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: <>.
[ed.] Rosier, James L., The Vitellius Psalter, edited from British Museum MS Cotton Vitellius E. xviii, Ithaca, NY, London: Cornell University Press, Oxford University Press, 1962.

Secondary sources (select)

Gneuss, Helmut, and Michael Lapidge, Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: a bibliographical handlist of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100, Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
334–335 [id. 407.]
Chardonnens, László Sándor, Anglo-Saxon prognostics, 900-1100: study and texts, Brill's Texts and Sources in Intellectual History, 3, Leiden: Brill, 2007.  
Recent scholarship on the Anglo-Saxon prognostics has tried to place these texts within the realm of folklore and medicine, inspired largely by studies and editions from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By analysing prognostic material in its manuscript context, this book offers a novel approach to the status and purpose of prognostic texts in the early Middle Ages with particular attention to the Anglo-Saxon tradition. From this perspective, it emerges that prognostication in Anglo-Saxon England was not folkloric but a scholarly pursuit by monks not primarily interested in the medical aspects of prognostication. In addition, this book offers, for the first time, a comprehensive edition of prognostics in Old English and Latin from Anglo-Saxon and early post-Conquest manuscripts.
Dennis Groenewegen
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