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Capitula de Miraculis et Translationibus Sancti Cuthberti (account of the miracles at the tomb of St. Cuthbert), in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum [northern England (almost certainly Durham), late twelfth century]
2 fragments, the larger 255mm. by 115mm., the upper part of a bifolium showing three of four columns, with 17 lines in a good English early gothic hand, the smaller 95mm. by 30mm. with remains of 5 lines from two columns, rubric and initial 'D' in red on larger, both recovered from bindings and hence somewhat defective
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Catalogue Note

These fragments are from a hitherto unrecorded manuscript of a collection of posthumous miracles recorded at the tomb of St. Cuthbert in Durham. The text was composed between 1083 and 1124, at the same time as the celebrated northern historian Symeon of Durham was writing his history of the see, and it was used by him as one of his sources. The text survives in a handful of manuscripts, usually appended to Bede's prose Vita sancti Cuthberti, and was copied and disseminated in order to promote the cult of Cuthbert.

The larger fragment here contains part of the thirteenth account, recording the abstraction in 1095 of the church of Tynemouth from Durham by Earl Robert Mowbray of Northumberland, "animo vehemens et armis strenuus", ending with his punishment by the saint and life-long imprisonment (Symeonis Dunelmensis Opera, Surtees Soc.51, 1868, p.180; Symeonis monachi opera, Rolls Series, 1882, II, p.345).

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