Priests and books in the Merovingian period

Yitzhak Hen*

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This chapter reviews the evidence for the possession of specific types of books, such as sacramentaries, homiliaries, canon law texts and hagiography, used by priests in Merovingian Gaul. After developing some criteria for identifying books that might have been used by priests, the author examines specific manuscripts that he believes were produced for Merovingian priests, and probably were owned by them. These manuscripts include the so-called Bobbio Missal, early sermon collections, as well as the oldest manuscript evidence of Fredegar's chronicle.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationMen in the Middle
Subtitle of host publicationLocal Priests in Early Medieval Europe
EditorsSteffen Patzold, Carine van Rhijn
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783110444483
ISBN (Print)9783110436204
StatePublished - 24 May 2016

Publication series

Name Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.


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