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Volume / Number: 9 / 1364

CLA 1364
  • Trier Germany Dombibliothek 420
Script Uncial and Anglo-Saxon Majuscule
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written doubtless on the Continent, partly by Thomas, and probably in a centre like Echternach where Anglo-Saxon and native scribes could have collaborated. Belonged to Christopher Graf von Kesselstatt. Now kept in the Cathedral treasury.

CLA Vol. 9
TM Number TM 67503
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vulgata, Mt, Mc, Lc, Io).
Name Thomas Gospels. Trier Gospels.
Script Commentary

Script is mostly uncial of a French type, except for foll. 5v–9r, 10–14, 19–20r, 141–144v which are in excellent Anglo-Saxon majuscule; the two scribes worked side by side; noteworthy in the uncial are the forms of A, G, sickle-shaped suprascript U, and Z which goes well below the line; in the Insular parts d, n, r, and s have two forms, with the majuscule predominating; g in ligature is s-like; the scribe shows his affection for Greek by using 𐌸 for ps (fol. 144). The Insular scribe is named Thomas: 'Thomas scribsit' is seen on foll. 5v (in majuscule) and 125v (in minuscule), 'Thomas' alone on fol. 11 (in majuscule). Numerous marginal liturgical entries saec. VIII, some in uncial, some in cursive minuscule strongly recalling Luxeuil script; an erased entry in Merovingian cursive on fol. 98.


☛Tewes, Luxeuil No. 35 (MSS with other close relationships to Luxeuil), dates to 720–40. ☛Gamber, CLLA 260 d. ☛Formerly Trier, Dombibliothek 134 (61). ☛N. Netzer, Cultural interplay in the eighth century (Cambridge 1994).

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