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Volume / Number: 6 / 704

CLA 704
  • Abbeville France Bibliothèque Municipale 4 (1)
Script Uncial
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Member of the Ada-Group (see CLA 2.198, 5.681). Angilbert, abbot of St Riquier (790–814), makes mention of an evangelary in golden letters presented by Charlemagne. A golden Gospel is included in the inventory of the abbey's treasures made in 831. The manuscript was seen at St Riquier in the eighteenth century by Dom Martène and Dom Grenier.

CLA Vol. 6
TM Number TM 66872
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vulgata, Mc, Mt, Lc, Io).
Name Evangeliarium Aureum Purpureum. Abbeville Golden Gospels. St Riquier Gospel Book.
Script Commentary

Script is a careful artificial uncial with many serifs; the Rustic form of E and M occurs to save space, and minuscule is used to finish the last line of fol. 75. Well-formed early Caroline minuscule is used at the end of the volume for the 'Breviarium Lectionum Evangelii Anni Circuli’ (foll. 189v–198); this portion is also in gold but not on purple vellum; the headings are red or green and the abbreviations used are b:, b;, q:, q· = bus, que; ÷ and ē = est; r' = rum; ꞇ' = tur; urm = uestrum.


☛Codex purpureus. ☛Bischoff, MAS 3 p.158, 174, 176f. ☛Bischoff, Schrift des Quedlinburger Evangeliars p. 29. ☛Bischoff, Katalog 1 no. 8. ☛P. McGurk, Gospel Books no. 45.

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