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Library Place Paris
Library Name Bibliothèque Mazarine
Shelfmark MS 1708 (1318)
Folio Range 3rd C.U. (fols 27-52)
Date IX 2/2
  • Northern Francia (?)
  • Saint-Maur-des-Fossés
  • Discalced Carmelites of Saint-Joseph (Paris)

Vita Prima of Saint Samson of Dol.

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

In his Katalog entry for this codicological unit (Kat. §3941), Bischoff only provided the laconic attribution 'Wohl Nordfrankreich.' While there is no evidence at all to suggest that this MS was written in Brittany, it is nonetheless the earliest extant witness to the important Vita Prima of Saint Samson, and for this reason it was used by Flobert as the basis for his edition of this text (cf. Flobert 1997: 45): accordingly, it is worth listing it here. The ninth-century dating indicated in the present hand-list is the one given by Bischoff (Kat. §3941); other scholars proposed much later dates (see the references provided in Poulin 2009: 322). Poulin (2009: 322) describes this MS as being 'de facture modeste.' Before being bound in the present heterogeneous codex, the codicological unit in question must have been at the head of a miscellaneous hagiographical collection assembled in the twelfth century (cf. Poulin 1999; 2006: 145).

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog 3941
Essential bibliography

Brett 2017: 99; Flobert 1997: 44–5, 52; Initiale; Poulin 1999; Poulin 2006: 145; Poulin 2009: 322.

URLs for digital facsimile
Last Updated 2021-05-25 08:43:19
Author Jacopo Bisagni
DHBM Identifier #124
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