Luxeuil

A full list of manuscripts containing the distinctive script of Luxeuil can be found in D. Ganz, ‘Texts and Scripst of Surviving Manuscripts in the Script of Luxeuil’, in P. Ni Chathain & M. Richter (eds.), Ireland and Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Texts and Transmission (Dublin, 2002), pp. 186-204.

The crucial evidence associating the script with Luxeuil is New York, Morgan Library, MS 334 – a copy of Augustine’s Homilies on the Epistle of John, written in uncial but with a distinctive display script and a colophon which confirms that it was written in Luxeuil in 669.

Many of the basic letter forms are derived from half uncial. Defining features include g- and t- ligatures which loop from the left over the letter, a (rather angular) and d are commonly open-topped, y is v-shaped with a dot above, and the whole script has a tendency to lean leftwards where earlier script leaned to the right.

Online Examples:

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 9427 [link] – the ‘Luxeuil Lectionary’ (example from f. 5v).

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BAV, Pal. lat. 493 [link] – ff. 1-18 two hands have added final formulae to prayers using Luxeuil minuscule, adding to a text otherwise written in uncial.

Wolfenbuttel, HAB, Weiss. 99, ff. 154 [link] – eighth-century.

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