The lives of two important early saints, Sts Martin and Benedict, have been copied together in this volume dating from the first half of the 11th century. St Benedict (d. c. 545) of Nursia, Italy is considered the founder of western monasticism; his Benedictine Rule provides guidelines for monastic communities, and here it follows his vita or life.
Saint Martin (d. 397), bishop of Tours in Roman Gaul, was a soldier who converted to Christianity, and who famously cut his cloak in half to share it with a beggar. Thanks in part to these hagiographical works by his near contemporary, Sulpicius Severus (d. c. 425), St Martin’s reputation was established as an evangelist and miracle-worker.
On a front flyleaf is a drawing of a dog with a snake which is entwined around a human figure in a tunic, possibly referring to miracles performed by St Martin involving these creatures. Next to it are the shelfmarks of the abbey of Saint Victor, Paris, where this manuscript was listed in the library catalogue of 1514; the origin is unknown.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Full title:
- Sulpicius Severus, Lives of St Martin and St Benedict; the Benedictine Rule
- 1st half of the 11th century, Loire
- Sulpicius Severus
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- Bibliothèque nationale de France
- Latin 15032
- Article by:
- Kathleen Doyle, Eleanor Jackson
- Christian religion and belief, Art and illumination, Making manuscripts
Manuscripts reflect the creativity of artists and scribes, and the resources of their patrons. Kathleen Doyle and Eleanor Jackson outline the development of book art in early medieval England.