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Library Place Paris
Library Name Bibliothèque Mazarine
Shelfmark MS 421 (1106)
Folio Range 2nd C.U. (fols 45-115)
Date XI
  • Brittany
  • Bréventec (?)




Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

The eleventh-century section of this codex is bound to a thirteenth-century copy of the Missal, which replaced the first 44 folios of the older MS. The later codicological unit was likewise written in Brittany, as shown by the calendar at fols 2–6, which contains numerous names of Breton saints (for a list, see ILLB L146, p. 129); as for the older unit, an incomplete mass for Saint Samson occurs at fols 114–15, and Breton neumes can also be seen here (Huglo 1963: 59; Deuffic 2011: 66). The whole MS must have belonged to the priory of Bréventec, a daughter-house of the abbey of Saint Mathieu de Fine-Terre (Pointe-Saint-Mathieu, Commune de Plougonvelin, Finistère), as shown by a detailed note dating from AD 1272, written on fol. 1r, and another one on fol. 30v (cf. ILLB L146, p. 129). However, whether the eleventh-century unit was written at Bréventec or in some other Breton foundation (perhaps at Saint Mathieu?) cannot be determined.

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog n/a
Essential bibliography

Deuffic 2011: 66; Huglo 1963: 59; ILLB L146; Initiale; L&S 971; PMSB 314 (§94).

URLs for digital facsimile
Last Updated 2021-05-12 11:00:00
Author Jacopo Bisagni
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