Ms. Cotton Nero E.1
ca. 1000 A.D., Worcester
Facsimiles available: 169v - 173v
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Physical description: ^
Vellum, folio. 428 foll., double cols. 43 lines.
Written in round minuscule, at Worcester (according to the late Dr. R. Flower, of the British Museum), ca. 1000, with more recent additions at the beginning and end. Confessio and Epistola are found on fol 169v-174v. (Bieler, Introduction, p. 10.)
'Nero E. i is the famous Passional from Worcester of xith and xiith century date. It has, like so many other MSS. of Worcester provenance, notes in the hand of John Joscelin, Archbp. Parker's secretary, and considerable evidence of use by him.' 'It was, therefore, in all probability in his possession and passed with so many other MSS. which he had owned into the possession of Sir Robert Cotton. It had clearly remained in the Worcester library from the time of its first writing until it came into Joscelin's hands as Worcester MSS. survived the Dissolution undispersed' (Letter of June 16, 1941, from E. Flower, British Museum, to L. Bieler; quoted from Codices Patriciani, p. 2, n. 1).