The oldest fragment of the Vulgate Gospels

The earliest surviving copy of St Jerome’s Vulgate version of the Gospels is a manuscript produced in Italy (perhaps in Verona) in about 410-420 AD, now in St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1395. The following leaf contains the text of John 16:30 – 17:8. Of this fragment, M.B. Parkes says: “The oldest known method of presentingContinue reading “The oldest fragment of the Vulgate Gospels”

Fragmentarium: because manuscript fragments count, too

Let’s not be codicists! Manuscript fragments also have a story to tell, and it’s usually far more dramatic. Here’s where the freshly-launched Fragmentarium website comes into play. Rolled out on 1 September 2017, Fragmentarium is an international digital research lab for medieval manuscript fragments that enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish medieval manuscript fragments, allowingContinue reading “Fragmentarium: because manuscript fragments count, too”

Bad medieval book manners. Part 2

Here is the second and last part of an article about the care of books in the Middle Ages that I have recently begun writing. Part one can be found here. If you’d rather not read the first part, then you can still enjoy, I hope, the rest of this article. We are following Richard de Bury,Continue reading “Bad medieval book manners. Part 2”