Partial leaf from a Homiliary

Partial leaf from the Sermons [Homiliae]

Southern German or Austrian
Medieval (Romanesque)
late 12th century
Author of text Saint Bede the Venerable (673–735)

Place of Manufacture: Europe, Southern Germany or Austria


Overall (page dimensions): 36.1 x 12.6 cm (14 3/16 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink on parchment

Not On View





The inner half of one leaf from Homily 15, Book 2, written by Saint Bede. Partial leaf contains one (of two) columns of 34 text lines. Text is in Latin.

Written in a Romanesque bookhand in black ink. 9-line white-vine initial [V] on recto with incorporated dragon and colored background (green, yellow and blue wash ). Later used as part of a binding.


By 1920, Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1920, gift of Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: October 7, 1920)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection