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Library Place Florence
Library Name Biblioteca Laurenziana
Shelfmark MS Ashburnham 82
Folio Range Tenth-century additions at fols 16v-17r, 63r
Date X
  • Loire Valley
  • Orléans (?)
  • Fleury (?)


  • Insular texts on brontology (16v-17r)
  • Kalendae ianuariae (63r).
Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

This MS is one of two disiecta membra of a single original codex, the other membrum being Orléans, Médiathèque, MS 116, fols 63–105. The original codex was probably written in a Frankish scriptorium in or near the Loire Valley in the second or third third of the ninth century; it contains a variety of theological, catechistic and penitential texts (cf. Pellegrin and Bouhot 2010: 114–18). However, as far as the section preserved in Florence is concerned, Bischoff (Kat. §3692) pointed out that fols 16v-17r and 63r contain prognostic texts that were added during the tenth century (or in the eleventh century, according to Juste and Chiu 2013: 92) by a particularly rough hand possibly betraying Breton influence ('... von einer ungewöhnlich groben (bretonisch beeinflußten?) H[an]d s. X in barbarischem Latein Prognostica'). Interestingly, the texts on brontology (i.e. divination by thunder) added at fols 16v-17r, which can also be found copied together in Paris, BnF, Lat. 7299A (written at Saint-Martial of Limoges in the late eleventh century), may have come from England (Juste and Chiu 2013: 92).

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog 3692
Essential bibliography

Cesario 2012; Innovating Knowledge; Juste and Chiu 2013: 92; LF BF262; Pellegrin and Bouhot 2010: 114–18.

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Last Updated 2021-06-19 16:28:23
Author Jacopo Bisagni
DHBM Identifier #51
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