Corbie and Others

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 17655 [link] – a six-book copy of Gregory of Tours’ Historiae, written in a cursive hand reminiscent of charter script. The first three folios show signs of Luxeuil training, in its minuscule and in its uncial. Thereafter, the script is most likely from Corbie. Notable features include longer ascenders and descenders, broken-backed c, d has a short additional descender, h leans to the left, y is v-shaped with a dot above (as in Luxeuil minuscule). There are few abbreviations but a telling use of the insular h=autem on f. 92.

BNF lat 17655

St Gall, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 214 + fragments [link] – an eighth-century copy of (Pseudo-)Gregory the Great’s Dialogi, probably from ‘Northeastern France’ and with affinities to the Corbie script. The script is related to Merovingian charter script (with long ascenders and descenders) but at some distance. The most notable feature is the way in which ‘b’ is round at the bottom and ligatures, the ‘a’ is angular and open, ‘c’ is high and curly, and ‘n’ is often in majuscule. The fish decoration on p. 11 is typically Merovingian. Lowe’s description of the text as ‘ungainly and inexpert’ seems harsh.

St Gall 214