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MS 68: Homiliary by Haymo, 15th century

Identifier: MS 68


Homiliary (collection of homilies, or sermons) by an author named Haymo. It is uncertain who this Haymo refers to. It may be Haymo of Halberstadt, a Benedictine monk at Fulda (died in 853 CE), or Haimo of Auxerre, a Benedictine monk at the abbey of Saint-Germain in Auxerre (died ca.865 CE).


Well and uniformly written throughout, with rubrics, blue and red filigree capitals, and one illuminated initial with a complete border at the beginning.


There are rubrics, blue and red filigree capitals, and one illuminated initial with a complete border at the beginning. The border is composed of flower and acanthus scrolls in blue, red, gold, and natural colours combined with gold ivy leaf. The initial is lake and gold, and there is a small miniature representing the author writing at a desk.


The coat of arms in the lower margin (f.1) may possibly be a later insertion. Gules a chief argent over all a lion rampant azure crowned or; the shield charged upon a crosier. The arms exemplify an Abbot of the important baronial house of Mareuil of Perigord. Pierrede Mareuil, Bishop of Lavaur(Languedoc), 1544-56, was Abbot of Brantome (Perigord), in the Order of S.Benedict, from 1538. Jean de Marevil was Abbot of Quincay from about 1526, and of Noaille, 1540-74, both Benedictine Houses of Poitou. Of the same family was Raymond de Mareuil, Archbishop of Bordeaux, 1158-59. The arms were occasionally borne per fesse and the lion uncrowned.


  • Creation: 15th century


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

This is a French book. It appears to have been written by one A. Marevil for a member of the family of Marevil of Perigord. The signature A. Marevilh is added at the end of the book in the hand which wrote the whole, and the coat of arms in the border (f. 1) belongs to an abbot of the house of Marevil. The initials W. C. H. in pencil are written on the end board in a moder nhand. An earlier inscription in the lower margin of f.1 has been erased.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Haymo Super Evangelia

Previous reference

Laing 53.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Vellum, lettered in modern hand 'Doctoris Haymonis Homilia super Evangelia', upright on the outer cover spine.

Collation: a10-e10, f8, g10-k10, l8, m10, n10, o5=131.


30.48 cm x 23.50 cm


Secundo folio: expectatione quam

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 131, double columns, 41 lines to a page.

Repository Details

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