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CLA 526
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 298 (Codex Bigotianus)
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 281
Script Uncial and Rustic Capital
Date VIII ex (776 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in England, to judge by script, abbreviation, manner of pricking, and kind of membranes used. The manuscript belongs textually to the Anglo-Saxon group. Was in the Abbey Church of La Trinité at Fécamp in Normandy: on fol. 1v of MS 298 (originally the last page) stands the fifteenth- or late fourteenth-century ex-libris, now in part illegible: 'Iste liber est de ecclesia sancte Trinitatis Fiscannensis.' Bought in the seventeenth century by Jean Bigot in whose collection it bore the number 5; it later bore the number 3706.2 in the Royal collection.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66655
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vulgata, Mc, Mt, Lc, Io, Act).
Name Codex Bigotianus.
Script Commentary

Script is a bold, skilfully formed, large, roundish uncial of the imitative type with the pen cut for writing Greek rather than Latin: uncial A has a very pinched narrow bow; , uncial H, uncial M, O, P, uncial Q have very round broad bows; the descenders of F, P, uncial Q are short; the hasta of F rests on the base-line; the strokes of X intersect almost at the head-line; the branches of Y rise from the base-line; suprascript U mostly at line-ends resembles flapping wings; the Prefaces are in artificial Rustic capital, using A with or without a cross-bar, F with an oblique ascending top and Kappa-shaped H; L often sweeps below the base-line; the bow of P is here and there open and s-shaped and rises above the head-line. In St Mark's account of the Passion the added letters c, t, a mark the change of voice in the liturgical chanting; the minuscule letters seem saec. IX or X.


☛McGurk, Gospel books no. 58.

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