Het oudste Ierse handschrift in St. Gallen
SourceKelten, 80, (2019)
23 september 2019
Article / Letter to editor
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Oude en Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis
SubjectEurope in a Changing World; Representations of the City; Tourism, Travel and Text
All that remains of the oldest Irish manuscript in St. Gall are four fragments of a seventh century copy of Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae. Each of these fragments was salvaged from the covers of younger manuscripts, into which they had been recycled. The fact that the writing on these fragments is clearly in an insular half-uncial script with distinctive Irish characteristics raises important questions about the origin of this early copy of the Etymologiae and when and how it ended up in St. Gall. Although little can be said with any degree of certainty, such questions are worth exploring. If nothing else, these fragments are testimony to the lively exchange of manuscripts in early medieval Europe.
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