verse beg. Mæielbriðus MacDurnani

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Anglo-Latin metrical inscription in the Mac Durnan Gospels (f. 3v), written in square capitals. It says that the manuscript was written by or at the behest of Máel Brigte mac Tornáin and that Æthelstan, king of England (r. 924-939), donated it to Christ Church, Canterbury.
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  • Mæielbriðus MacDurnani
Simon Keynes suggests that the inscription may have been added by Koenwald before he became bishop of Worcester.
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Sometime during the reign of Æthelstan (r. 924-939)
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Máel Brigte mac TornáinMáel Brigte mac Tornáin
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Keynes, Simon, “King Athelstan’s books”, in: Michael Lapidge, and Helmut Gneuss (eds), Learning and literature in Anglo-Saxon England: studies presented to Peter Clemoes on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. 143–201.
McNamara, Martin, “The Echternach and Mac Durnan Gospels: some common readings and their significance”, Peritia 6–7 (1988): 217–222.

Secondary sources (select)

Robinson, J. Armitage, Times of St Dunstan: Ford Lectures delivered in the University of Oxford in the Michaelmas Term, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1923. 188 pp.
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Dennis Groenewegen
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