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Library Place Rome (Città del Vaticano)
Library Name Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Shelfmark MS
Folio Range 2nd C.U. (fols 4-123)
Date XI in.
  • Provence
  • Avignon (?)



In addition to containing a variety of texts on grammar, computus and cosmology, as well as glossaries, Biblical glosses, canon law, one penitential tract (Pseudo-Bede-Egbert, De remediis peccatorum, 60r-72v), and monastic consuetudines from Cluny (110v-123v), this codex is the sole witness for recension E of the Hisperica Famina (59v).

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

Bischoff discovered in this manuscript the only extant witness for 'recension E' of the Hisperica Famina (cf. Hallinger 1974). Bischoff believed that this copy of recension E dependend on a Breton model (cf. Hallinger 1974: 49). In view of the well documented Breton interest in the Hisperica Famina, this is certainly plausible: the contents of (or some of its contents, or only the Hisperica Famina) may have been copied in southern France—possibly Avignon—from a Breton exemplar, or they may ultimately derive from a Breton archetype (the southern French origin of this MS is widely accepted, cf. e.g. Frantzen 1983: 579; Meens 2014: 233). In this context, it is certainly worth noting that a passage on the various by-forms of the name Uesper, deriving from the writings of Virgilius Maro Grammaticus and excerpted in several Irish and Breton computistical texts (cf. Bisagni 2019: 43–4), occurs at fol. 23r amidst Biblical glosses. Interestingly, such a chain of textual tranmission, from Brittany to Provence, finds an interesting parallel in Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, 9605, a computistical MS written at or near Avignon in AD 1026 but presenting strong Breton affiliations (including one Old Breton gloss, for which see Bisagni 2020b).

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

CLH §570; Frantzen 1983: 579; Hallinger 1974; Lemoine 2010: 219 (n. 18); L&S §329; Meens 2014: 233.

URLs for digital facsimile
Last Updated 2021-05-27 13:07:49
Author Jacopo Bisagni
DHBM Identifier #186
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