Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Library, MS 128

  • Latin
  • s. x
  • English manuscripts
  • parchment
A bifolium from a larger manuscript now lost, which contained a copy of a sylloge of Latin inscriptions compiled by Milred, bishop of Worcester. The extant remnant preserves 16 poems and inscriptions, including one concerning a chapel dedicated to St Patrick, probably in Péronne.
Provenance and related aspects
s. x
10th century.
Origin, provenance
Origin: Anglo-Saxon EnglandAnglo-Saxon England
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Worcester cathedralWorcester cathedral
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Provenance: Malmesbury
Malmesbury abbey
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Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Annotator (John Leland) See especially Sheerin (1977).
John LelandLeland (John)
English antiquary and poet.
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Codicological information
State of existence
single fragment
Palaeographical information
Category: Insular script
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.

Digitisation wanted
[ed.] Wallach, Luitpold, “The Urbana Anglo-Saxon sylloge of Latin inscriptions”, in: Gordon M. Kirkwood (ed.), Poetry and poetics from ancient Greece to the Renaissance: studies in honor of James Hutton, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1975. 134–151.
[corr.] Schaller, Dieter, “Bermerkungen zur Inschriften-Sylloge von Urbana”, Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 12 (1977): 9–21.
Offers corrections to Wallach’s text.

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.
679 [id. 938.]
Urbana-Champaign, Unversity of Illinois Library: Archives, Online, ?–present. URL: <>.
Thomson, R. M., William of Malmesbury, rev. ed., Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2003.  
Contents: Front matter; Part I: Context, character and achievement: 1. William of Malmesbury and his environment; 2. William as historian and man of letters; 3. William’s reading; 4. William’s ‘scriptorium’; 5. The earliest books from the library of Malmesbury Abbey; Part II: Studies of the writer at work: 6. William’s edition of the Liber Pontificalis; 7. William’s Carolingian sources; 8. William and the letters of Alcuin; 9. William and some other western writers on Islam; 10. William as historian of crusade; 11. William and the Noctes Atticae; Appendix I: The date of William’s birth; Appendix II: List of works known to William at first hand; III. Contents and significant readings of the Gellius florilegium; Back matter.

William of Malmesbury (c.1090-c.1143) was England's greatest historian after Bede. Although best known in his own time, as now, for his historical writings (his famous Deeds of the Bishops and Deeds of the Kings of Britain), William was also a biblical commentator, hagiographer and classicist, and acted as his own librarian, bibliographer, scribe and editor of texts. He was probably the best-read of all twelfth-century men of learning. This is a comprehensive study and interpretation of William's intellectual achievement, looking at the man and his times and his work as man of letters, and considering the earliest books from Malmesbury Abbey library, William's reading, and his "scriptorium". Important in its own right, William's achievement is also set in the wider context of Benedictine learning and the writing of history in the twelfth century, and on England's contribution to the "twelfth-century renaissance". In this new edition, the text has been thoroughly revised, and the bibliography updated to reflect new research; there is also a new chapter on William as historian of the First Crusade.

78, 126–129
Sims-Williams, Patrick, Religion and literature in Western England, 600-800, Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England, 3, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

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