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Volume / Number: 9 / 1366

CLA 1366
  • Trier Germany Stadtbibliothek 22
Script Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written at the order of Ada—her identity with an alleged daughter of Pippin (died after 823) is uncertain—in Charlemagne's palace school, the same scriptorium that produced London Harley 2788 and Paris N.A. Lat. 1203 (cf. CLA 2.198; 5.681; 6.704, and p. xxvii). The Ada inscription, in contemporary Rustic capital in red on fol. 172, reads in part: '[liber] quem devota dō iussit perscribere mater Ada ancila dī'. The manuscript was in the monastery of St Maximin at Trier certainly by the twelfth century.

CLA Vol. 9
TM Number TM 67505
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vulgata, Mt, Mc, Lc, Io).
Name Ada Gospels. Codex Adae.
Script Commentary

Script, by more than one scribe, is Caroline minuscule except on foll. 11v–13v and 16r–v which are in uncial; the roundish hand of foll. 17–38v with its frequent open a and uncial N shows an early stage of Caroline minuscule closely resembling the hand of Godescalc in the famous Charlemagne Evangelistary of the years 781–783 (Paris N.A. Lat. 1203, foll. 126v–127; CLA 5.681) and also recalling the Lorsch type of that period (see CLA 6, p. xxvii); the hand changes with the new quire on fol. 39 and script becomes more advanced.


☛Steffens, Paléographie latine, Pl. 45.

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