This imposing volume includes a collection of letters of Pope Gregory the Great (d. c. 604). It was made in the north of France, in the rich abbey of St Amand, near Valenciennes, founded by the Merovingian king Dagobert I (d. 639). The volume is mentioned in an early inventory of the books of St Amand, where it was used by the doctor of theology John of St Amand (d. 1303) in the 13th century. It then came into the possession of Charles-Maurice Le Tellier (b. 1642, d. 1710), the archbishop of Reims, whose library became part of the French royal library in 1700.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Alison Ray
- History and learning, Making manuscripts, Christian religion and belief
Through the evidence of surviving manuscripts, Alison Ray explores the collections of medieval libraries and how these libraries grew and changed over time.