Destroyed in a fire in 1870: a valuable piece of church history from East Francia ca. 800

Vienna Hispana Codex

Written in East France near the Rhineland - France — Around 800

Vienna Hispana Codex

Vienna Hispana Codex

Written in East France near the Rhineland - France — Around 800

  1. A collection of ecclesiastical statutes originating in Spain and later also used in Gaul

  2. The canon text was written for Bishop Rachio of Strasbourg at the end of the 8th century and rebound in 1527

  3. The original was lost in a fire in 1870, but the work continues to survive as a facsimile

Vienna Hispana Codex

Alternative Titles:
  • Wiener Hispana-Handschrift
Vienna Hispana Codex – Cod. Vindob. 411 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
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  2. Codicology

Short Description

The Vienna Hispana Codex is an early canon manuscript which originated ca. 800 in eastern France. It has served as an important source both for successive manuscripts as well as for those doing research into the history of the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. It became a part of the Vienna Palatine Library in 1665 and continues to reside in the Austrian capital today.

Vienna Hispana Codex

The Vienna Hispana Codex was presumably written in eastern France near the Rhineland, judging by the script. This canon manuscript is textually aligned to that written in 788 for Bishop Rachio of Strasbourg and lost by fire in 1870 (C.L.A., VI. 835). As such, it has been an early and important source for similar texts and for historians interested in the medieval church. An additional indicator of its age is the beautiful Carolingian Miniscule in which it was written. Bound in 1527 at the expense of Johannes Marquardus (cf. fol. I). It bore the number 281 in the Ambras collection which was incorporated in the Vienna Palatine Library in 1665.

The Content

Fol. 1r-202v:
Canones Conciliorum, usque ad Concilium Hispalense secundum
Fol. 202v-312v:
Decretalia Pontificum usque ad Hormisdam, Virgilium et Gregorium
Fol. 312v-313v:
De valore numerico literarum graecarum

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Wiener Hispana-Handschrift
Size / Format
634 pages / 31.0 x 20.5 cm
Date
Around 800
Language

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Vienna Hispana Codex“

Wiener Hispana-Handschrift
Vienna Hispana Codex – Cod. Vindob. 411 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
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Wiener Hispana-Handschrift

1 volume: This facsimile is not complete.
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1974
Binding
Half leather
Commentary
1 volume (72 pages) by O. Mazal
Language: German
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