|Shelfmark||MS Lat. 9386|
|Folio Range||Whole MS (189 fols)|
Cathedral of Chartres
|Old Breton Materials||No|
|Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials||Yes|
|Connection with Brittany|
This MS is also known as 'Chartres Gospels', although there is no clear indication suggesting that it was written there. According to Bischoff (Kat. §4756), this Gospel-book was written in a centre receiving influences from Tours and, possibly, Brittany, but he was plainly unwilling to commit to any particular geographical area, let alone a specific scriptorium. The following comments, offered on the BnF Archives et Manuscrits web page for this MS, agree substantially with Bischoff's view: 'La copie a peut-être été réalisée dans un centre de la vallée de la Loire [...] ou en Bretagne, sous influences insulaire et continentale (notamment tourangelle), mais nous ne savons rien de sûr concernant son origine.' This Gospel-book offers a rich iconography (cf. Davezac 1978), and in due course this may help art historians to identify more precisely the area where it was written.
Interestingly, a fragment of Pseudo-Jerome's Expositio IV Evangeliorum (a text which Bischoff ascribed to the milieu of Irish exegesis, cf. Bischoff 1976: 108–9; ), headed by the formula In nomine Dei summi (cf. Lemoine 2008: 197), can be found at fols 1r-v and 188r-v (note in particular the insular shape of the letter g at the bottom of fol. 188r); a copy of the same text is contained in Cambridge, University Library, MS Dd.10.16, probably written in Brittany. A further Irish affiliation is provided by the presence of a copy of the poem on the Gospel canons, attributed to Ailerán, at fols 12v–13r.
|Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog||4756|
BnF Archives et Manuscrits; Davezac 1978; EBGB 11; Fleuriot 1983: 104; Lemoine 2005: 21; Lemoine 2008: 193, 197; MPF §39; Simpson (McKee) 1999: 283, 289.
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|Last Updated||2021-06-07 14:47:04|