London. British Library, Add MS 16961

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British Library, Add MS 16961
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  • Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel, Commentary on the Rule of St Benedict
  • Preferred form
    • Smaragde de Saint Mihiel (0750?-0825?)
    Original form
    • Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel, c 750-c 825, Abbot of St Mihiel-sur-Meuse
    Other form
    • Smaragdus
    • Smaragdus Sancti Michaelis (0750?-0825?)
    • Smaragde de Saint Mihiel (0750?-0825?)
    • Smaragdus Sancti Michaelis
    • Smaragde de Saint Mihiel 0750?-0825?
    • Smaragdus, Abbot of St. Mihiel, fl. 809-819
    • Smaragdus Sancti Michaelis -830
    • Smaragdus van Sint-Mihiel
    • Author: Smaragdus, Sancti Michaelis
    • Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel
    • Smaragdus, abbas sancti Michaelis, active 809-819
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  • This 10th-century manuscript contains a commentary on the Rule of St Benedict. The commentary was written by Smaragdus (b. c. 760, d. c. 840), a monk from the Benedictine abbey of of Saint-Mihiel near Verdun, after the Rule of St Benedict (b. 480, d. 547) had been made the norm for all monastic communities in the Synods of Aachen (816–819). The manuscript remained at Stavelot until the sale of its manuscripts in 1847. Contents:ff. 2r-2v: A table of contents for the Rule of St Benedict, in a 14th- or 15th-century script (‘Tabula huius libri’). ff. 3r-182v: Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel, Commentary on the Rule of St Benedict. The manuscript contains two fragments from a manuscript of the first half of the 9th century. Two other leaves survive in Add MS 16962, f. 1 and f. 211 (see Bischoff, Katalog ,I (1998); p. 75 (no. 357); II (2004), p. 96 (no. 2371)). The two leaves in this manuscript contain the following passages: ff. 1r-1v contains 1 Maccabees 15. ff. 183r-183v contains 1 Maccabees 9-10. Decoration:Large and small initials in red or brown ink, some with some foliate decoration and red fillers (e.g. f. 2r). Small initials with red and green or red and yellow fillers (ff. 158v, 159v, 163v, 166v).
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