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Library Place Paris
Library Name BnF
Shelfmark MS Lat. 5610A
Folio Range Whole MS (83 fols)
Date X ex. / XI in.
  • Brittany
  • Landévennec
  • Château-du-Loir (Sarthe)
  • Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Library of the Oratorians (Paris).

This manuscript contains a substantial collection of texts concerning Saint Winwaloe, including:

  • Gurdisten, Vita longior sancti Winwaloei (1v-76v)
  • Hymns to Saint Winwaloe (with added neumes) (76v-78v)
  • Homily concerning Saint Winwaloe (78v-82v)
  • Antiphon of Saint Winwaloe (with neumes) and prayers (later additions) (82r-83r).
Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

This MS is an important witness for several texts concerning Saint Winwaloe and a precious survival of the manuscript production of Landévennec c. AD 1000. That the MS was indeed written at Landévennec is indicated not only by the nature of its contents, but also by the reference to Cornubia (Cornouaille) in the scribal entry in large capitals that occupies most of fol. 1r: Lanbertus laicus equidem me scribere fecit Winualoei patris eximii titulo cuius frater erat Medardus diues in omni Cornubiae gaza nee [sic, for nec] minus [suprascript gloss: s(cilicet) diues] ille fuit (cf. CMD II, 497). On the basis of textual and linguistic figures, Deuffic argues (ILLB Q230, p. 223) that this MS may have been copied from a ninth-century exemplar (and the above-mentioned colophon may likewise derive from that exemplar), whereas Poulin (2009: 407) argues that the copy of the Vita longior contained herein may have been taken from the hagiographical section of the Cartulary of Landévennec (Quimper, BM, MS 16). Fols 9–20 do not belong to the original MS but were rather inserted, probably to replace older folios, during the twelfth or the thirteenth century (cf. Poulin 2009: 406).

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

BnF Archives et Manuscrits; Brett 1985: 256, 260–1; CMD II, 497; De Smedt 1888: 167–70; Deuffic 1985a: 270–1; ILLB Q230; L&S §824, 827; PMSB 309–10 (§79); Poulin 1996: 176–7; Poulin 2009: 401–2, 406–7, 428; Simon 1985a: 26; Smith 1990: 321 (n. 48).

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