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CLA 573
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 8913
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 8914
Script Cursive Minuscule
Date VI (501 - 600)
Origin and Provenance

Written doubtless in France, probably in Burgundy. Seen by Guillaume Paradin in the Cathedral of Lyon in 1573. The first 14 folios and the fragments constituting MS Lat. 8914 were the property of de Thou (†1617). They entered the Royal Library before 1731, where they were first catalogued as Suppl. Lat. 668. Fol. 15 was discovered in Paris Lat. 11859 from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which had been bought at Lyon for Séguier in 1626.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 59331
Support Papyrus
Contents Avitus Viennensis, Epistulae et Homiliae (fragm.).
Script Commentary

Script is a bold, rapid cursive minuscule of an unmistakably Merovingian type: c rises above other letters; the stem of l buckles to the left near the base-line; n occasionally has the majuscule form; y is v-shaped and undotted; the bows of d and q in ligature are open; the ti in ligature has a characteristic form; suprascript a in ligature is frequent; the sideways open a also occurs; the form of the ex ligature becomes characteristic of Merovingian charters. Sixteenth-century interlinear additions passim; the name ‘choisnyn’ saec. XVI is seen on fol. 8, possibly Jean Choisnin de Châtellerault (see CLA 7.**614)


☛P. Gasnault, ‘Fragment retrouvé du manuscrit sur papyrus des homélies de saint Avit’ Comptes rendus des séances de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 138 (1994) 315–23. ☛Steffens, Paléographie latine, Pl. 24.

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