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Volume / Number: 10 / 1469

CLA 1469
  • Vienna Austria Kunsthistorisches Museum Schatzkammer, WS XIII 18
Script Uncial
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written in an important centre doubtless closely connected with Charlemagne’s court. It is this book on which the German Kings and Emperors took their oath when crowned. The sumptuous silver binding was made by the goldsmith Hans von Reutlingen on the order of Maximilian I. The book was kept in Aachen till 1798 when it was removed to Paderborn and then in 1801 to Vienna where, except for an interlude in Nuremberg (1938–45), it has since remained, in company with other imperial coronation symbols.

CLA Vol. 10
TM Number TM 67656
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vulgata, Mt, Mc, Lc, Io).
Name Charlemagne Gospels. Vienna Coronation Gospels. Das Krönungsevangeliar.
Script Commentary

Script is an artificial uncial; prefatory matter is in delicate Rustic capitals, with the last letters of a line occasionally in uncial. Probationes pennae, including ‘Paternoster’ and ‘in nomine dni (dī summi)’, are in uncial in gold and silver (fol. 235). The entry ‘DEMETRIUS PRB’ in Rustic capitals in gold on fol. 118 seems ca. saec. X.

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