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Library Place Paris
Library Name BnF
Shelfmark MS Lat. 196
Folio Range Fols 61r-90v
Date XII
  • Aquitaine
  • Poitiers (?)

Abbey of Saint-Martial, Limoges


A miscellany of texts by, and concerning, Hilary of Poitiers, including:

  • Venantius Fortunatus, Vita et miracula sancti Hilarii (61r-67v)
  • Hilary of Poitiers, Epistola et hymnus ad Abram (68r-69v)
  • Sermons, brief hagiographical texts and hymns about Hilary of Poitiers (73v-87r).
Old Breton Materials Yes
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

According to Fleuriot's Dictionary (DGVB 7), a phrase in Breton, hiat hiat altro Hilarius, altro Hilarius, badly copied from an earlier exemplar, can be read at 'fo 83'; however, no such phrase can be found at either fol. 83r or 83v: instead, it occurs at fol. 85r, in the context of a most interesting anecdote concerning a certain Breton madman who, not knowing the 'language of the Aquitanians' (Quidam ... lunaticus Britto aquitanica loquela penitus ignarus, at fol. 84v), prayed to Saint Hilary in his own 'barbaric' language (nescio quid barbarum frendens, at fol. 85r), so that the Saint may heal him. The corrupted words may stand for Old Breton (h)iac, (h)iac, altro Hilarius, 'heal, heal [me], Lord Hilarius' (cf. DGVB 211; for an edition of texts from this MS, including the miraculous anecdote in question, see the Catalogus codicum hagiographicorum latinorum antiquiorum saeculo XVI qui asservantur in Bibliotheca Nationali Parisiensi (Bruxelles and Paris 1889), vol. I, pp. 6–11, esp. p. 9).

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

Bauer 2008: 81; BNCG I, 69–70; BnF Archives et Manuscrits; Deuffic 1985c: 23; DGVB 7, 211; Lemoine 1985: 291; Schrijver 2011: 8.

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