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The e-codices team

e-codices newsletter | issue no. 56 | January 2024

In this issue:

  1. Winter Update
  2. Franciscans in Fribourg
  3. A Double Beneventan Survivor in Solothurn
  4. The Toledan Tables
  5. Fragmentology #6
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1. Winter Update

On 20 December 2023, e-codices published its last update of the year. The 19 codices placed online include a selection from the Franciscan Convent of Fribourg, a spectacular palimpsested Beneventan survivor from Solothurn, and a range of theological and grammatical works from St. Gall.

Explore the latest manuscripts added
Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 11, f. 137r – Petrus de Aquila, Quaestiones in quattuor libros sententiarum

2.  Franciscans in Fribourg

The four manuscripts published from the Couvent des Cordeliers in Fribourg represent the intellectual treasury of Franciscan convent in Fribourg in the late middle ages. A dated (1469) copy of Peter of Aquila’s Sentences commentary (Ms. 11) provides the foundations in speculative theology, heavily based on the thought of John Duns Scotus; a nearly complete collection of Sunday sermons (Ms. 50) and a book of exempla (Ms. 83) attests to the friar’s preaching activities. Finally, a miscellany (Ms. 106) brings together papal bulls pertaining to the Franciscan Order, the acts and constitutions produced OFM provincial and general chapter meetings, and interpretative documents, supplying the administrative basis for the privileges and obligations of the Cordeliers. All four manuscripts are accompanied by the latest descriptions from Dörthe Führer and Mikkel Mangold’s Katalog der mittelalterlichen Handschriften des Franziskanerklosters Freiburg, Basel: Schwabe Verlag, 2023.

Solothurn, Staatsarchiv, R 1.4.225, Open view – Urbarium of Salerno and a palimpsest of the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville

3. A Double Beneventan Survivor from Solothurn

The Staatsarchiv Solothurn preserves unbound leaves of a codex originally assembled in Salerno to document the church’s property. While the twelfth-century codex originally had at least 80 leaves, only 31 survive; of these, 28 have palimpsests of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies, dated to the tenth century. How the manuscript came to Switzerland is unclear.

Explore these leaves
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 848, p. 167 – Tabulae Toletanae cum tractatu (canonibus)

4. The Toledan Tables

The Abbey Library of St. Gallen regales us once again with a wide range of texts, including theological works for preaching and monastic reflection, a medical miscellany (Cod. Sang. 758), and both speculative and pedagogical grammar texts. Included among these riches is Cod. Sang. 848, the Abbey Library’s copy of the Toledan Tables (Manuscript Sg in Fritz S. Pedersen’s monumental 2002 edition). The table’s instructions, the Canones (pp. 3–44), represent version Cb, which Pedersen (2002, v. 2, p. 337) conjectures is a revision from a previous Latin version (Cc) and not an independent translation.

Study the tables
Detail from Mullins, “Carolingian Bible Fragments in Dublin”, p. 82, showing part of a quire guard from Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection, 1480 BIBL (IV) (above) against a similar fragment in situ in University College Dublin Special Collections, OFM XL (III), f. 240/241.

5. Fragmentology #6

At the end of December 2023, the sixth issue of Fragmentology appeared.

  • William Duba, Finding the Prior Leaf: Manuscript Fragments and Original Codices, 5–65
  • Elizabeth Mullins, Carolingian Bible Fragments in Dublin, 67–87
  • Pieter Beullens, Binding Waste as Evidence for the Reconstruction of a Lost Aristotelian Manuscript, 89–99
  • Chris Schabel, A Folio from the Somnium Viridarii, 101–112
  • Leonardo Costantini, An Offset Fragment in Uncial from Montpellier, 113–121
  • Margaret Connolly, Book Review of Hannah Ryley, Re-using Manuscripts in Late Medieval England: Re-pairing, Recycling, Sharing, 123–126
  • Robert Schöller and Luke Cooper, Conference Report on: Fragmente und Fragmentierungen: Neue Zugänge zur mittelalterlichen deutschsprachigen Überlieferung, Freiburg (CH) 13–16 September 2023, 127–136
Read Fragmentology #6

Happy New Year

The e-codices team wishes you a fruitful 2024 and looks forward to bringing out more spectacular content in the coming months!

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