Merovingian copy of St Gregory the Great's Moralia in Job


Pope Gregory the Great (d. 604) is one of the Latin Doctors of the Church. Amongst his many influential works is a commentary on the Old Testament book of Job, which survives in some 1,500 medieval manuscripts. This manuscript is one of the earliest surviving copies, made only about a century after St Gregory’s death, possibly in Laon during a period of Merovingian rule. 

The Merovingians were a dynasty that ruled over the Franks in the territory similar to Roman Gaul from the time of Merovech (or Merovich), by tradition the father of Childeric I (d. 481) and grandfather of Clovis I (d. 511). 

The decoration of Merovingian manuscripts is distinctive. It features a limited palette of brown, green and yellow, and the use of zoomorphic initials – where animals form all or part of the letter.

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

Full title:
St Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job
2nd half of the 8th century, Laon
Gregory I
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Add MS 31031

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