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CLA 619
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 12097 (foll. 1–224)
Script Half-Uncial and Uncial
Date VI¹ (ca. 523) and VI–VII (523 - 620)
Origin and Provenance

Written in Gaul, presumably in one of the great ecclesiastical centres of the Rhone valley such as Arles or Lyon. The original collection of canons (foll. 1–139v) was apparently copied about 523: the list of popes on fol. 1v originally ended with Hormisdas, and the length of his pontificate was entered by the first hand; a second hand continued the list to Vigilius (537–55). The rest of the manuscript (foll. 139v–224v) saec. VI–VII was doubtless written at the same centre. Was at Corbie by the eighth century, as proved by the characteristic marginal note by a Corbie reader in cursive saec. VIII in. On fol. av is seen: ‘Corbeiensis monasterij’ (saec. XVII). Later at Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where it was numbered ‘936, olim 26’ (foll. av and b). Came, with other manuscripts of that abbey, to the Bibliothèque Nationale during the Revolution.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66786
Support Parchment
Contents Canones Galliae et Catalogus Pontificum.
Script Commentary

Script is an easy, informal half-uncial: with the rule and G the exception: N and n are used; e in ligature is frequent; a suprascript horizontal stroke often stands for u in bus, nus; the curious Nh ligature occurs in 'siNhodo' (fol. 80, etc.). The greeting at the end of letters 'deus uos custodiat' occurs in swift expert cursive, and the date is now in more, now in less calligraphic style, and occasionally in pure cursive with suprascript a in ligature, and i-longa in the ti ligature, and sickle-shaped suprascript u; in these parts the flag-like abbreviation-mark is frequent. Originally the manuscript ended on fol. 139v; it was continued saec. VI–VII by a number of scribes, first on what was left of the last quire; then by adding new quires of the same size. Script is uncial and half-uncial by several contemporary hands (both seen on foll. 181v, 183v): the uncial rapid, expert, recalling Lyon types; half-uncial verging on minuscule is seen on foll. 143–159; another half-uncial hand (foll. 203v, 204, 209) uses an a-like c followed by an i. The dates of letters are occasionally in cursive minuscule (foll. 163v, 165, 168v, 177). Marginal entries by hands found in the first part occur here also: a half-uncial hand saec. VII recalling Lat. 14086 (CLA 5.664), is found on foll. 40v, 42v, 70v, 71, 73, 74, 190v, 191; an entry in a typical Merovingian cursive is seen on fol. 165; another cursive hand uses the b with a tag to the right (fol. 192); other marginal notes and corrections in mixed uncial or late half-uncial or French cursive minuscule by several hands saec. VI–VII and VII. The marginal note at the foot of fol. 106v in fine semi-cursive saec. VIII in., in greenish ink, set off by an S-like flourish above and below the entry, is by the same hand that made entries in a number of MSS from Corbie: Paris Lat. 12190, Lat. 12205, Lat. 13367, and Nouv. Acq. Lat. 2061 (CLA 5.632, 633, 658, and 692). Notae Tironianae passim.


Mabillon, De re diplomatica, p. 356 and pl. VII. 2; Nouveau Traité, III, pp. 94–5, 106–7, 160–1, etc., and numerous specimens on pl. XXXVII, XXXVIII, XLIII, XLVIII, LI, LII, LVII, LVIII. ☛Index Tironianorum.

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