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Volume / Number: 5 / 618

CLA 618
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 12048
Script Mixed Minuscule
Date VIII ex (776 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in France, probably in the monastery of the Holy Cross at Meaux by a scribe named David: the mention of Rebais in the martyrology (fol. 272) points to the diocese of Meaux; the Benedictiones episcopales suggest an episcopal see; the INUENTIO SCE CRUCIS on fol. 268 is conspicuous for its script and colour; the name David is found twice in the list from the Meaux monastery in the Reichenau Liber Confraternitatum; feasts of Central and North Gaul are prominent in the martyrology. The manuscript was at Gellone in the early ninth century, as suggested by the dedication on fol. 276 mentioned above; it was certainly there by about 900, to judge by the entries, 'Gellonis uuillelmi lib(er)' (foll. 123v–124), and 'Missale de Gillone' (fol. 276v). Later passed to St Germain des Prés, where it bore the number 'lat. 163' (fol. 1).

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66785
Support Parchment
Contents Sacramentarium Gellonense.
Name Gellone Sacramentary.
Script Commentary

Script is a curious type of mixed minuscule: a has two forms, a and open-a; uncial is very frequent, uncial G is the rule; some parts of the MS use uncial N, R, and S; the shafts of b, d, h, and l are long and wedge-shaped, often ending in an oblique hair-line, recalling the script of Cambrai 300, foll. 6–9; the ri ligature occurs. Rubrics in a smaller script, sometimes enclosed, seen in the margin after fol. 156. Latin formulas in fancy Greek letters on foll. 143, 143v, 264. A pale line of cipher on fol. 43. Prayers added by various hands saec. VIII and IX on foll. 1, 159, 167, 245v, 256v, 264. The entry in the margin of fol. 276: 'Dedicatio baselice sancti Salvatoris in Gellone' is in a different and slightly later Caroline hand.


☛Gamber, CLLA 855. ☛C. R. Baldwin, 'The scriptorium of the Sacramentary of Gellone' Scriptorium 25 (1971) 3–17. ☛C. R. Baldwin, 'The Scribes of the Sacramentary of Gellone' Scriptorium 27 (1973) 16–20. ☛Index Tironianorum.

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