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Library Place London
Library Name British Library
Shelfmark MS Egerton 2802
Folio Range Whole MS (164 fols)
Date XII 1/2
  • Brittany
  • Quimperlé

Abbey of the Holy Cross at Quimperlé


Cartulary of the abbey of the Holy Cross at Quimperlé, including:

  • Life of Saint Gurthiern (4v-8r)
  • Lists of Popes; Archbishops of Tours; Bishops of Nantes, Vannes, and Quimper; Counts of Quimper (8v-22r)
  • Annals from Creation to AM 5824, from Isidore, Etymologiae V, xxxix, 2-42 (23r-29r)
  • Annals from to AD 814 (Charlemagne's death) to AD 1128, focussing on Brittany, Western Francia and Britain (29r-51r)
  • Cartulary of Quimperlé proper (52r-105r, 118r-141v)
  • Life of Saint Ninnoca (106v-117r)
  • Judicial documents concerning a dispute between the abbeys of Redon and Quimperlé (142r-163v).
Old Breton Materials Yes
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

This is the cartulary of the abbey of the Holy Cross at Quimperlé. The MS was still at Quimperlé in the early nineteenth century, and only came to England when it was bought by Thomas Stapleton around 1840. The bulk of the MS was written during the first half of the twelfth century, although there are numerous later additions. In addition to charters, it also contains hagiographic materials concerning Saint Gurthiern and Saint Ninnoca, the sixth-century founder of the abbey of Quimperlé. The MS also contains papal lists as well as lists of the archbishops of Tours, lists of the bishops of Nantes, Vannes and Quimper, a list of the counts of Quimper, annals, judicial documents etc.; the cartulary proper, compiled by the monk Gurheden, occupies fols 52r–105r and 118r–141v.

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

British Library Digitised Manuscripts; Henry, Quaghebeur and Tanguy 2014; ILLB Q236, Q237; L&S §922, 1000; Maître and de Berthou 1896.

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