Wells, Cathedral Archives, MS DC/ADM8/10 Gospel fragment, with prayer and Vita sancti Cungari

  • Latin
  • c.1000 + s. xii manuscript fragment
  • English manuscripts
  • parchment

Manuscript fragment (4 ff.) of a gospelbook, containing the final words from the Gospel of John and two 12th-century additions, a prayer and a portion of the Life of St Cungar. Except for this fragment, which ended up serving as the cover of a book, the gospelbook is lost.

gospelbooks hagiographies
Provenance and related aspects
c.1000 + s. xii
Origin, provenance
Origin: England, southEngland, south
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Later provenance: Wells Cathedral? Robinson reports that it had been used as the cover of a paper book which has not survived whole: only four leaves remain containing “the index [...] to a Latin Formulary, apparently drawn up for the secretarial office of a bishop, and written about the beginning of the seventeenth century”.
Later provenance: Wells, Cathedral Archives
Wells, Wells Cathedral Archives

Collections of the Dean and Chapter (DC), the College of Vicars Choral (VC), and Wells Old Almshouses (AH).

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Writing in c.1918/1919, Robinson writes that the fragment has “recently been given to the Library of the Dean and Chapter of Wells ... [t]hrough the kindness of Mrs Palmer, daughter of a former Lay Vicar of Wells, and of her son, the Rev. T. F. Palmer, Vicar of Witham Friary, Somerset”.
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand The hand of the gospel text, by which few words are extant.
Additional hand 1 The hand responsible for adding the prayer, dated by Robinson, with the help of J. A. Herbert (British Museum), to the mid-12th century.
Additional hand 2

The hand responsible for adding the Life of Cungar, dated, again with the help of J. A. Herbert, to “the latter part of the twelfth century”.

Codicological information
State of existence
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
manuscript fragment
11.5 ″ × 8 ″
“It has been clipped on all sides, so that some letters and portion of letters have been cut away” (Robinson).
4 ff.
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[dipl. ed.] Robinson, J. Armitage, “A fragment of the life of St Cungar”, The Journal of Theological Studies 20 (1918–1919): 97–108.
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Robinson, J. Armitage, “A fragment of the life of St Cungar”, The Journal of Theological Studies 20 (1918–1919): 97–108.
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