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CLA 795
  • Montpellier France Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire 409
Script Early Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII ex (776 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in a South-east German centre and probably in the monastery of Mondsee, to judge by the script. It is one of the finest products of that region and may have been written for a royal personage. It was certainly in North-east France before 794 (the terminus ad quem of the Litany) and apparently was used, as the Litany suggests, in the nunnery of Notre-Dame at Soissons, by a relative of Charlemagne's daughter, Rotrude (†810), whose name occurs in a prayer at the end of the Litany. Its presence at Auxerre may be presumed from the entries on foll. 1, 2. Later in President Bouhier's collection (there numbered E. 69) whence it passed to Clairvaux, then to Troyes, and finally to Montpellier.

CLA Vol. 6
TM Number TM 66968
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Vetus, Psalterium Romanum cum interpretationibus (Vetus Latina, Ps).
Script Commentary

Script is graceful roundish early Caroline minuscule of the South-east German type, by two hands; the first hand is identical with that of Vienna Fragm. 9/8, the Pauline Epistles from Mondsee: a and g have two forms; frequent ligatures of fi, hi, ri, ti, mt between two words, nt and oꝛ in midword. Foll. 331–346 are written by another hand on less fine parchment; initials are coloured blue and yellow; ink pale brown. This part is dated 783–794 by its mention of Pope Hadrian (†795) and Queen Fastrada (†794). Noteworthy in the Litany are the Old French phrases 'tu lo iuua' and 'tu los iuua'. A prayer for Rotrude stands on fol. 344v in an early ninth-century hand. A letter (saec. IX–X) from all the monastic houses of Auxerre stands on fol. 1; a note (saec. X) commemorating Bernegaudus, probably a monk of St Germain d'Auxerre, is seen on fol. 2. Twelfth-century corrections.


☛Bischoff, Südostdeutschen Schreibschulen 2 p. 16–18. ☛Gamber, CLLA 1611. ☛F. Unterkircher, Die Glossen des Psalters von Mondsee (Spicilegium Friburgense 20). ☛R. Gryson Altlateinische Handschriften II p.38. ☛Bischoff, Katalog 2 no. 2871a

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