|Shelfmark||MS 8 (C. 142)|
|Folio Range||2nd C.U. (fols 3-102)|
Saint-Thierry of Rheims
|Old Breton Materials||No|
|Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials||No|
|Connection with Brittany|
Bischoff's geographical ascription of this MS is a laconic 'etwa Bretagne' (Kat. §5248). In PMSB §101, Deuffic stated confidently 'origine bretonne probable', but his position appears to have become more nuanced in his recent ILLB, In25 (p. 70): 'la seconde partie [i.e., fols 3–102] serait peut-être d'origine bretonne.' As a consequence, a Breton origin is possible but remains to be confirmed.
Regardless of this issue, this MS contains some interesting additions (ed. ILLB, In25), which may be only slightly later than the writing of the main text. At fol. 7v, just before the Eusebian canon tables, we can read a fascinating account of the main Biblical events that took place on the eighth calends of April (= 25 March, the old 'Roman' spring equinox), namely: God's creation of light, the Annunciation, the Passion, the sacrifice of Isaac, Jacob's ladder, Jacob's blessing of his sons, the apparition of God's angel in Egypt, God's bestowal of the manna to the Israelites, the Israelites' flight from Egypt and their crossing of the Red Sea, the division of human languages, and the death of James the Apostle 'the Lord's brother' (passus est sanctus Iacobus frater Domini). This curious passage is followed by an annalistic note concerning the battle of Soissons, fought in AD 923 between King Charles III and a rebel coalition led by Robert I. The second addition, which occurs on fol. 45v, concerns the location of Adam's burial and the Calvary, which, 'according to some', might be one and the same place (sunt quidam qui uoluerunt contendere ideo ibi Dominum crucifixum ut sanguis illius super Adam tumulum distillaret)—a rather widespread apocryphal tradition, which, however, is explicitly rejected by the anonymous author of this passage.
|Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog||5248|
|URLs for digital facsimile|
|Last Updated||2021-06-08 13:43:08|
No origin location data is available for this manuscript.