Manuscript Latin Bible

Manuscript Latin Bible (1279)


Scribal labours of more than three years went into the making of this manuscript Bible. It was completed in 1279 by G of Fecamp, and probably financed by James, Abbot of Saint Pierre-sur-Dives, near Lisieux, Calvados.

The illumination of initials is of a high standard, the miniature illustrated here having great strength and poignancy.

Several English autographs on preliminary leaves reveal a varied provenance, but the manuscript probably reached England through Carthusian channels in the 15thor 16th century (M.R.Kerr, Medieval Mss in British Libraries, Vol. III, Lampeter. I. Biblia 1279). It was bequeathed to St David’s College by the founder, Bishop Burgess.