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Library Name BM
Shelfmark MS 556
Folio Range Destroyed MS (originally 66 fols)
Date IX ex.
  • Western Francia
  • Marmoutier (?)



This MS, destroyed during the Second World War, contained a large collection of canon law, including a partial copy of recension A of the Collectio canonum Hibernensis.

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

This manuscript was destroyed during the Second World War. It contained a copy of several chapters of the A-text of the Collectio canonum Hibernensis. Given the marked interest in the Hibernensis in Early Medieval Brittany (cf. e.g. the entries for London, British Library, Cotton Otho E.XIII; Orléans, Médiathèque, 221; Oxford, Bodleian Library, Hatton 42), and in view of this manuscript's Marmoutier provenance (and origin?), there is certainly a theoretical possibility that these contents were copied (or ultimately derived) from a Breton exemplar. The text of this copy of the Hibernensis may have been particularly close to that of Cambrai, BM, MS 679 (cf. Flechner 2019: I, 94–5). For a dating of this MS to the last quarter of the ninth century, cf. Dumville 1994: 93, n. 16.

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog 6140
Essential bibliography

Bradshaw 1889: 415; Bradshaw 1893: 18–19; CCfr; CGM 37: 447–9; CLH 768 (§600); Dumville 1994: 93; Flechner 2019: I, 94–5, 113 (n. 1); Kéry 1999: 74.

URLs for digital facsimile
Last Updated 2021-06-08 13:48:27
Author Jacopo Bisagni
DHBM Identifier #217
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