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MS 94: Composite manuscript including five texts, 12th-13th century

Identifier: MS 94


Contains five texts, in several different hands.
ff. 1r-28r: Homilies entitled De Laudibus Virginis Matris by Bernard of Clairvaux
ff. 28v-42r: Sermons
ff. 43r-53r: Corpus Iuris Civilis [incomplete]
ff. 53v-54r: Song Spe Mercedis et Corone (lyrics and musical notation)
ff. 56r-144v: Selection of passages of the Old Testament
The texts are described separately, under MS 94/ff. 1r-28r; MS 94/ff. 28v-42r; MS 94/ff. 43r-53r; MS 94/ff. 53v-54r; and MS 94/ff. 56r-144r.
Writing The Homilies are written in a small minuscule of the early 12th century, with plain red and green capitals. Folios 43-53 are by another, larger, 12th century hand. The rest are by various 13th century hands. The margins all through are disastrously cropped.


  • 12th-13th 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

An English manuscript but with no marks of local connection or ownership. A Tabula of the 14th century is added on the margin of f. 1. Descriptive titles to the sections are given by a 17th century hand. This is one of Lord Alva's books.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Omelie Bernardi, de justicia et jure rubrica, conpilaciones hlstoriarum veteris testamenti.

Previous reference

D. b. IV. 9


This manuscript is mentioned on p. 205 of Gilson, J. “The Library Henry Savile, of Banke.” Library, vol. 9, no. 1, 1906, pp. 127–210.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern. The titles ‘BERNARDI & HOMILIA’, ‘DE JUSTICIA ET JURE RUBRICA’, COMPILACIONES HISTORIARUM VET. TESTAMENTI’, and ‘M.S.S. 14TH & 15TH CENTS.’ are stamped on the outer cover spine upright.

Collation: a5, b2, c8-f8, g3, h8, i5, k8-r8, s10, t6, v8, x1=144.


15.56 cm x 10.80 cm


Secundo folio: a deo. Hon
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 144, partly in double columns, the number of lines to a page varies throughout the manuscript.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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