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Library Place Cambrai
Library Name BM
Shelfmark MS 625 (576)
Folio Range Whole MS (80 fols)
Date IX ex.
  • Brittany (?)
  • Northern Francia (?)
  • Cambrai (?)

Cambrai Cathedral

  • Conciliary canons, close to the Collectio Dionysio-Hadriana (1r-47v)
  • Excerpts from the Bible and the Fathers (47v-51r)
  • Canones Hibernenses (III, IV, VI of ed. Wasserschleben 1874) (51v-52; 68r-v; 70v-71v)
  • Praefatio Gildae, Synodus Aquilonalis Britanniae, Synodus Luci Victoriae, Excerpta de libro Dauidis (52r-54v)
  • Canones Adamnani, end only (54v)
  • Paenitentiale Bigotianum (56v-66r)
  • Theodulf of Orléans, Capitularium I (66r-67r)
  • Proverbia Grecorum, extracts (68v-69r)
  • Salic Law, fragment (71v-80r).
Old Breton Materials Yes
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials Yes
Connection with Brittany

Bischoff (Kat. §805), who confidently ascribed this MS to Brittany, described it as the 'Rest eines viel größeren Corpus'. It contains a few interlinear glosses (some of which are in Old Breton), and the plainly Breton name Iunhoiar\n/—probably the scribe's name—occurs at fol. 20r (cf. Lemoine 2001: 262). As pointed out by Meeder, pp. 184–356 of the famous Codex Bigotianus (Paris, BnF, Lat. 3182) are 'virtually identical to the contents of Cambrai 625' (Meeder 2009: 184, n. 38); indeed, some of the contents of the former may have been copied from a collection very close to the latter. It should be noted that Meeder (ibid.) also states that Cambrai 625 was probably written at Cambrai, a view that may be based on the opinion expressed by Mordek (1995: 93), who attributes this MS to 'Nordfrankreich.' In view of the above-mentioned presence of a Breton name at fol. 20r, a Breton origin seems somewhat more likely, but of course we cannot exclude that this MS was written by a Breton scribe working in a Northern Frankish scriptorium around the end of the ninth century (indeed, note that this MS is labelled as 'non-Breton' in Flechner 2008: 42, n. 69).

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog 805
Essential bibliography

Bieler 1963: 13, 22; Bradshaw 1889: 415; CCfr; CGM 17: 242–4; CLH 740 (§578), 755 (§582), 791 (§621); Deuffic 2008: 79; Dumville 1984b: 214; Dumville 1994: 93, n. 26; Flechner 2008: 42, n. 69; Lemoine 2001: 262; Lemoine 2005: 21; Mordek 1995: 93–4; Wright 2006: 194, 202.

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Author Jacopo Bisagni
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