The abbey of Saint Peter, Corbie, in northern France was founded by the Merovingian queen, Bathilde, widow of King Clovis II (r. 639–657). The Abbey became an important centre for copying key texts under the Emperor Charlemagne (r. 768–814). In the 12th century, a scribe at Corbie known as Ingelrannus copied and illustrated this volume of St Jerome’s (b. 347, d. 420) commentary and translations. On a page preceding St Jerome’s work is an image of Ivo, the presbiter, or monastic priest, of Corbie who commissioned the book. He is shown prostrated before St Jerome and St Paula (b. 347, d. 404), who together founded a double monastery for monks and nuns in Bethlehem in the fourth century.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Chantry Westwell
- History and learning, Christian religion and belief
The writings of the Church Fathers formed the central core of books copied and owned by medieval monasteries after the Bible. Chantry Westwell provides an introduction to these formative works of the early Christian Church and to the manuscript copies produced.