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CLA 300
  • Ivrea Italy Biblioteca Capitolare 1 (I)
Script Luxeuil Minuscule
Date VII ex (ca. 680) (675 - 685)
Origin and Provenance

Written in France, doubtless in the region which produced such MSS as the Luxeuil lectionary (Paris Lat. 9427) and the MS of Gregory’s Moralia (see CLA 2.163). The MS opens with the two acrostics on fol. 1v entered by the original hand in alternate red and green capitals: DESIDERIUS PAPA and VIVAT DEO. The volume was destined, then, for a bishop Desiderius. A bishop of that name ruled the see of Ivrea towards the end of the seventh century, a date congruous with the palaeography of the MS. On fol. 2v a ninth or tenth-century entry reads ‘Multos annos petronem diaconum deus conseruet Amen’. The MS was repaired in the Vatican Library in 1913.

CLA Vol. 3
TM Number TM 66399
Support Parchment
Contents Gregorius Magnus, De Cura Pastorali.
Script Commentary

Script is an excellent example of the ‘Luxeuil’ type of minuscule written by an expert hand: letters lean slightly to the left; the ti ligature is used indifferently for the soft and the hard sound; uncial is used for the capitula on foll. 2v–3v, and 54–55v. An entry in Italian cursive saec. VIII is seen on the last page.


☛CLA date (VII–VIII) changed to follow Ganz, Luxeuil (ca. 680), who notes three scribes. ☛Tewes, Luxeuil No. 5, agrees with Ganz’s date. ☛Index Tironianorum.

Last modified 21 July 2022