British Library, Cotton MS Nero A V
(Bestiaire of Philippe de Thaon)
|Produced:||England, Last half of 12th century|
|Location:||British Library, London, England, UK|
|Author:||Philippe de Thaon|
|Dimensions:||Height: 16 cm Width: 12 cm|
This composite manuscript is composed of two parts. The first part (ff. 1r-82v), dating to the 2nd half of the 12th century, contains two Anglo-Norman works by Philippe de Thaon (fl. 1113-1150), the first Anglo-Norman poet. The first work is his Comput (Computus) - the oldest extant scientific text in the vernacular - which he composed in 1113. The second work is his Bestiarius (Bestiary) - the oldest bestiary in French – which he composed between 1121 and 1135.
The bestiary is on folia 41r to 82v. The manuscript was once in the possession of (and may have been written in) the Cistercian monastery of Holmcultram in Cumberland. It has spaces for illustrations that were not filled in.
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