Discovering the Calendar (Annalis Libellus) Attached to Bede’s Own Copy of de Temporum Ratione.
Perplexity concerning statements made by Charles Jones about this calendar, one in 1943, the other in 1980, engendered my own interest in it. In a note to chapter 14 of his 1943 edition of De temporum ratione (DTR), he stated: “a calendar was included in the codex that contained DTR, and Bede made astronomical entries upon it”. When he reissued DTR in Corpus Christianorum, however, Jones declared that since Bede’s calendar was lost, he would try to reconstruct it “from available evidence” choosing as “the most relevant MS-evidence” two liturgical calendars, both from Northumbria, but lacking any connection with DTR. His reconstruction makes no allusions to “astronomical entries”. What kind of calendar could Jones have had in mind when he composed that note for chapter 14? The answer, it seems, will require a return to the manuscripts of DTR, especially manuscripts with calendars, examined by the young scholar when preparing his edition.
Paul Meyvaert. Discovering the Calendar (Annalis Libellus) attached to Bede’s Own Copy of De Temporum Ratione. Analecta Bollandiana, 120 (2002), p. 5-64.
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