Sermones, folio 5v

St Augustine12th century, second half

The Library of Trinity College Dublin

The Library of Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

In twelfth-century Europe, manuscripts were largely produced by and for monks and monasteries. This copy of the sermons of Saint Augustine came to the Library of Trinity College Dublin in 1626 but was once in the possession of the Tironensian abbey of Kelso, Scotland. The book is decorated with arabesque ornament and initials which feature numerous recurrent motifs including bearded human heads, animals (such as dogs, fish and birds), as well as altercations between man, beasts and other fantastical creatures.


  • Title: Sermones, folio 5v
  • Creator: St Augustine
  • Date Created: 12th century, second half
  • Location: [Scotland or England]
  • Original Language: Latin
  • Subject Keywords: Manuscripts, Latin, Manuscripts, Medieval, Sermons
  • External Link: View this item in our online catalogue
  • Collection: Illuminating the Middle Ages
  • Catalogue Number: TCD MS 226
  • Bibliography: N.R. Ker, ‘Medieval Libraries of Great Britain’, second edition, Royal Historical Society, (London, 1964), 105; P. Verbraken in ‘Revue Bénédictine’ 77 (1967) 42 and in ‘Scriptorium’ 22 (1968) 218-219; R. Somerville in ‘Innes Revue’ 23 (1972) 149-151 and ‘Scotia Pontificia’ [see on (91)] 158; F. Römer, 'Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der Werke des heiligen Augustinus', Bd. ii/2 (Grossbritannien und Irland) in Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Phil.-Hist. Kl., Sitzungsbericht 276, (Vienna, 1972), 330-334, 332; E.P. McLachlin in ‘Mediaeval Studies’ 40 (1978) 339 n.55; B. Meehan in ‘Treasures of the Library: Trinity College Dublin’, (Dublin, 1986), pl. 75.

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