Collection of works by St Ambrose


St Ambrose (b. 340, d. 420), a bishop of Milan, was one of the greatest preachers of the early Church. Seven of his works have been compiled in this volume copied in two Norman abbeys in the late 11th century. The original part, consisting of the sermon De bono mortis (On a good death) was copied and decorated at Mont Saint-Michel. It contains an image of St Ambrose, kneeling to receive Christ’s blessing. Shortly afterwards, the remaining six texts by the same author were added by Antonius, a monk of Fécamp abbey, who also made corrections to the other texts. The two monasteries, both in the diocese of Rouen had close links during this period.

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Full title:
Collection of works by St Ambrose
3rd quarter of the 11th century, Fécamp
Latin / Greek
St Ambrose of Milan
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Public Domain
Held by
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Latin 2639

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