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Volume / Number: 5 / 671

CLA 671
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 17655
Script Cursive Minuscule
Date VII ex (676 - 700)
Origin and Provenance

Written probably in North-eastern France in a centre under 'Luxeuil' influence. The manuscript must have been at Corbie by the ninth century: on fol. 1v, in the lower margin, stands the familiar Corbie librarian's entry of the manuscript's contents. It was certainly there by the thirteenth century: on fol. 99v is the thirteenth-century ex-libris 'lib S pet corbeie'. Later belonged to Notre Dame de Paris: an eighteenth-century entry on fol. 1 reads 'Ex Bibliotheca Capituli Ecclesiae Parisiensis, J, 3, in fol. (signed) Angot, secret. capit.'. Came into the Royal collection in 1756 along with the other Notre Dame manuscripts. The old press-mark 'Ne De 132' is seen in the lower margin of fol. 1.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66839
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Contents Gregorius Turonensis, Historia Francorum (1–6).
Script Commentary

The uncial used for the preface (fol. 2) closely resembles Valenciennes 495 (455), dated ante 695; uncial A has a bow like a falling drop; G a tail curling to the right; the capitula on fol. 3 are in the type of minuscule seen in the Luxeuil Lectionary (CLA 5.579)—very bold and elegant; the entire volume is written in a rather small rapid type of cursive, clearly based on the everyday hand of Merovingian charters of the seventh century: uncial A is often suprascript and in ligature; c is often broken-backed; d descends below the line; h leans to the left; l often sweeps below the line; sickle-shaped u is extremely frequent; y is mostly short, v-shaped and dotted; the form of ri in ligature is noteworthy.


☛De re diplomatica, p. 348 and pl. III. 1; Nouveau Traité, III, pp. 179, 199–200, 217, 246, 417, 431–2 and pl. XLIV. 3. 4. 2; XLV. 6. 4. 3; XLVI. 3. 3. 1; XLVIII. 3. 4; LVII. 3. 6; LVIII. 3. 1. 5, 3. 2. 2. 1 and 2. ☛Tewes, Luxueil No. 31 (MSS with other close relationships to Luxeuil). ☛Ganz, Luxeuil: opening leaves in uncial and minuscule in a volume copied in cursive minuscule. ☛E. A. Lowe, 'A note on the codex Corbeiensis of the "Historia Francorum" and its connection with Luxeuil' Scriptorium 6 (1952) 284–286.

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