(Probably Germany: early 12th century). 200 x 120 mm. (7 7/8 x 4 3/4"). Single column, 23 lines in a neat Caroline minuscule.
Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, two one-line initials and one four-line initial in red. Recovered from a binding and thus with some general light soiling and a few worm trails touching text, one side somewhat yellowed and about half the text obscured by remnants of binding glue and paper (presumably from having been used as a pastedown), but the other side entirely legible and very well preserved despite its use as a recyclable, the ink dark and with almost no fading.
Written in a rather pretty and very legible hand, this fragment includes a reading for the feast day of St. Martha, who was a sibling of Mary of Bethany and Lazarus, and a witness to her brother's miraculous resurrection. The script here is an excellent example of Caroline minuscule, retaining most of the conventions of that script but with the appearance of some proto-gothic letterforms, including a "g" with both bowls closed, and an "o" that appears more oval than round. This fragment would have come from a collection of variable readings to be employed in a liturgical context, comprising a series of "lectiones" (thus its name), or short lessons taken variously from the Bible, patristic writers, or lives of the saints, and arranged according to the ecclesiastical calendar. (ST16379-002)
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PJP Catalog: 78.002