The Durham Liber Vitae

The Durham Liber Vitae
British Library
Latin, Old English
LONDON, Great Britain
Shelf Mark:
MS Cotton Domitian A.VII
Alternate Names:
Liber vitae ecclesiae dunelmensis -- LVD -
Northumbria (Lindisfarne? Wearmouth Jarrow?) for the Original Core (fols. 15r-47v) -- Durham for medieval additions (Great Britain)
86 folios -- 205 x 142mm.
Date Description:
Original core (fols. 15r-47v): mid-ninth century -- additions datable between late-tenth and late-twelfth century --
Extracts from the gospels (fols. 4-14v) -- Confraternity Book listing names up to c. 840 (fols. 15r-47v) -- manumission and two charters in Old English (fols. 47r-v) -- charters, etc. re.the Benedictine community at Durham (fols. 50v-55r) -- confraternity agreements (fols. 25v and 36v) -- extracts from the gospels (fols. 4-14v). Note: names of member of the monastic community in Durham are listed from 1083 till c. 1520 -- names of non-monks are recorded early twelfth century until Dissolution in 1539
The Original Core is written in "a late example of formal Insular half-uncial script, that had first been developed in Northumbria in the last decade of the seventh century" (p. 23 of vol. 1 of Rollason, ed. -- see bibliography below )
Type of Decoration:
Much gold and silver is used in the Original Core --
Musical Notation:
Call Number:
Medieval [7th Floor Hesburgh] General Collection DA 20 .Su78 v.136
Commentary Volume:
Nature of Facsimile:
Collotype facsimile - black and white -- This is not a complete facsimile (e.g. the extracts from the gospels are missing) -- For a complete digital facsimile see the CD in vol. 3 of "The Durham Liber Vitae" edited by D. & L. Rollason (The British Library, 2007)
Publications of the Surtees Society 136
Publication Date:
Place of Publication:
(Great Britain)
The Surtees Society
John Whitehead and Sons Limited, Leeds (Great Britain)
This is not a facsimile of the entire manuscript and the side margins are not included in the reproduction --
Durham Liber vitae : London, British Library, MS Cotton Domitian A.VII : edition and digital facsimile with introduction, codicological, prosopographical and linguistic commentary, and indexes / edited by David and Lynda Rollason ; with contributions from Elizabeth Briggs ... [et al.]. (London : British Library, 2007), 3 v. (ND Has : Medieval [7th Floor Hesburgh] General Collection DA 670 .N8 D872 2007 5 Day Loan) --
Type of Text:
charters, documents, donations, gospels, liturgical, monastic, necrology, religious