Babel MS 13
Two fragments are presently known from this manuscript, both found in the same binding, but with one (the back binding strip) being blank but for a few letters, enough to show that it was the outer edge of a folio from the same manuscript as the fragment at the front of the volume. The text preserved by that front fragment is an abridged version of the Life of St Kenelm, skipping from chapter 2 to chapter 5. It is in this abridgement that Kenelm is remembered in the Sarum Breviary and, while the fragment has little to confirm that was the nature of the volume, that is the most likely identification. The fragment is a thin strip providing the full height of the folio; the short breaks in the text demonstrate that what we have is a little under a column in width, and we can surmise the manuscript had a bicolumnar layout.
301mm (h) x mm (w)
History and further information
If the identification of Oxford as the place of binding is correct, that would suggest a date in the last quarter of the sixteenth century for dismantling - notably late for such a hagiographical text to a minor saint.