An edition of the old English homilies contained in B.M. MS Cotton Vitellius C.V
Temple, Winifred Mary
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In this edition of the British Museum manuscript Cotton Vitellius C. V., I have attempted to give a faithful reproduction of the MS. exactly as it stands. · The MS. was damaged in the fire at Ashburnham House in 1731, and is now defective. The edges of the pages are charred; in some places they are only partly legible. I have transcribed all that I have been able to read: where part of a letter is all that remains, I have given the entire letter where possible, although in many words it is extre_mely diff'icul t to say what the original reading might have been. The MS. has been typed page by page, so that the presentation here is as near the original as possible. The only alteration in the text is the placing of the heading of each homily in a central position above the text. Each homily, moreover, begins on a new page, although there is no such break in the MS. I have set the beginning of each homily at approximately the position it occupies in the MS. arrangement.