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Library Place Rennes
Library Name Bibliothèque de l'Archevêché
Shelfmark MS s.n.
Folio Range Whole MS (147 fols)
Date XI (AD 1062–1084)
  • Brittany
  • Redon
  • Abbey of Saint-Sauveur, Redon
  • Rennes.

Usually known as the 'Cartulary of Redon', this is a large collection of charters pertaining to the abbey of Saint-Sauveur of Redon, with several lacunae (the largest one, posterior to the foliation in Arabic numerals, is between fols 8 and 51).

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

This is the famous 'Cartulary of Redon.' It is obviously impossible to do justice to the complexity of this important codex in the limited space of these brief notes: for in-depth analyses of many aspects of this MS and its contents (in addition to a complete facsimile), see Guillotel, Chédeville, Tanguy and Brunterc'h 1998–2004, as well as the numerous studies by Davies focussing on the Cartulary (collected in Davies 2009).

The bulk of this MS was written by two main scribes (Judicalis and Guegonus) during the abbacy of Aumod (AD 1062–1084), and the script exhibits a strong influence from the scribal practices of eleventh-century Mont-Saint-Michel (cf. ibid., vol. I, p. 14–16; Tonnerre 1985: 115–16; Guillotel 1986: 33–5). The contents of the charters provide an immense and invaluable wealth of information on Early Medieval Breton history, society and economy; moreover, they provide us with a significant number of personal names, place-names and nouns in Old Breton, all of great value for the study of that language. On the other hand, the importance of these documents for the study of Breton Latinity has not often been pointed out (with the notable exception of Tonnerre 1985: 118).

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

Bradshaw 1889: 412, 473, 474–5, 488; Davies 1988 (passim); Davies 2009 (esp. articles I, II, VIII, IX); Deuffic 2008: 95; de Courson 1863; Guillotel 1986: 28–36; Guillotel, Chédeville, Tanguy and Brunterc'h 1998–2004 (with full facsimile); Initiale; L&S §998; Smith 1985; Smith 1992: 23–32; Tonnerre 1985.

URLs for digital facsimile
Last Updated 2021-06-10 17:12:17
Author Jacopo Bisagni
DHBM Identifier #180
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