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[English Manuscript 895 - Process of The Passion; The Gospel of Nicodemus, tacketed binding]

English MS 895

Process of the Passion; The Gospel of Nicodemus, mid 15th century

Size: 230 x 137 mm. 125 folios.

The manuscript contains two items. The first is an imperfect copy of The Process of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension. The Process was based predominantly on the Pseudo-Bonaventura's Passio et Resurrectio Christi, although a number of other legends relating to the Passion occur, e.g. the story of the Devil and Pilate's wife, the death of Judas, the legend of the Cross. The second is an imperfect prose version of the Apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus, much abbreviated in places. According to Neil Ker, the two parts probably formed a continuous narrative, as in British Library Egerton MS 2658 and Stonyhurst MS 43, but the transition between the Resurrection and the Gospel of Nicodemus occurred on a missing leaf.

There are 4- or 5-line initials in blue with red penwork infill and flourishes, and numerous manicules. There is a sketch of a naval vessel with a sea-monster's head at the prow on f. 66v.

Former owners include Thomas Taylor of Ogwell and Denbury, Devon, 1756; Col. Pierce Thomas Henry Taylor of Newnton Priory, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, late 19th century; and George Dunn (1865-1912), of Woolley Hall near Maidenhead.

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