French copy of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies


The Etymologies by Isidore of Seville (b. c. 560, d. 636) was a vast reference work that functioned as an encyclopaedia. Highly influential in the Middle Ages, the text explores topics such as the natural world, language, and grammar. Almost a thousand manuscript copies of this work survive, and it was among the first texts to be printed in Europe.

This manuscript is a French copy of the Etymologies produced in the early-11th century and was once part of the library of the abbey of Saint-Martial Limoges. The volume was later owned by the French statesman Jean-Baptiste Colbert (b. 1619, d. 1683), before joining the French royal library in 1732.

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

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French copy of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies
Early 11th century, Central France
Isidore of Seville
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Bibliothèque nationale de France
Latin 7586

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