(Probably southern Germany, ca. 1250). 292 x 200 mm. (11 1/2 x 7 7/8"). Double column, 38 lines of text in a pleasing thickish gothic book hand.
Rubrics in red, capitals struck with red, one two-line and two four-line initials in red. Punctus flexus punctuation, probably indicating a Cistercian origin. Once part of a binding, so with some trimming, stains, and remnants of binder's glue, but generally in very satisfactory condition, especially for a recovered specimen, with all but a few words of the text legible.
Similar but not identical to the famous "Golden Legend" of Jacobus de Voragine, this leaf tells the stories of five saints: Philip the Apostle (whose feast day is 1 May), featuring his encounter with the dragon that lived behind a pagan statue of Mars in Scythia; Alexander, the pope (3 May), whose relics were at Freising in Bavaria; Gordian and Epimachus (10 May); and Pancras (12 May). These short lives of saints were to be read in a monastery on the saints' commemoration days. A note in the lower margin of the leaf, "Euangelium Non turbetur cor vestrum" ("Let not your heart be troubled") refers correctly to the Gospel reading John 14:1-13, from the Mass on the feast of Saint Philip. (ST11946e-f)
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PJP Catalog: 70.139